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With COVID-19 creating so much uncertainty across the world, NSU is taking decisive and informed action to respond to your concerns. Please be assured that we take the health and safety of NSU students, faculty, staff, and patients, as well as the welfare of the community with utmost seriousness. To that end, NSU is strictly following guidance from the CDC, Florida Department of Health, and the Broward County Health Department.

NSU clinical locations are now scheduling routine care; we are currently slowly opening and planning to be fully operational by July 1st. You can find additional information about NSU's clinical operations ONLINE. 

 If you have any questions regarding our clinical services or would like to schedule an urgent appointment, please call 954-NSU-CARE (954-678-2273).

If you are calling because you are feeling sick, we will be asking you screening questions. All patients and visitors should be prepared to be screened by a health professional before entering any of NSU’s health care clinics.

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Starting Right

Starting Right is an early intervention, parent-child class designed to serve children 18-36 months of age exhibiting delays in language and social skills.  The program is designed to increase communication, social and school readiness skills.  It also provides caregivers with techniques and strategies to use in the classroom and at home. 

For more information, please contact: Tammy Gipps at (954) 262-7149 or

The Academy 

The Academy is designed to provide a private preschool option for students who require an individualized education program focusing on social-communication, behavioral self-regulation, and independent functioning. 

The educational philosophy of the Academy is based on the recognition that each student is unique in ability, talent, and learning style. The program supports the qualities and capabilities of each child. Designed for children three to five years of age, a high-quality, instructional program is offered within a relationship-based environment. Each child is provided with choices, challenges, and opportunities that nurture feelings of competence, promote cognitive growth, and enable each child to achieve his or her potential.

Teaching staff will use the STAR curriculum with students, which provides the scope and sequence of skills that young children targeted for this program need to develop. Skills in the areas of receptive and expressive language concepts and pre-academic concepts are taught using discrete trial teaching, while spontaneous language concepts and play and social interaction concepts are taught using pivotal response training. Functional routines are taught using step-by-step instruction until the total routine is performed independently.

Access Plus

For individuals who have disabilities that require accommodations, the NSU Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) evaluates current psychoeducational evaluations and medical reports to determine what accommodations students are eligible to receive.  In addition all NSU students have access to the Office of Academic Services’ tutoring services. Access Plus utilizes the services of the OSDS and provides a more comprehensive and higher level of programs and services for their students.

Office of Student Disability Services:

  • Access to tutoring services through the Office of Academic Services
  • Tutoring services are provided  on a 1:1 tutor-to- student ratio in Math, Writing, and Science
  • Office of Student Disability Services approves a list of reasonable accommodations and shares the information with faculty and staff

Access Plus:

  • A 2-hour, daily study hall, staffed by peer mentors under the supervision of the program administrator which meets Monday through Friday
  • Assistance in supporting and maintaining appropriate structure to the student's day and the supervision of assignments through completion
  • Residential supports  through the training of Residential Advisors assigned to the dormitories of Access Plus students
  • A 24-hour phone line staffed by the Access Plus program administrator and peer mentors to handle questions and concerns that may arise at any time.
  • Support in keeping dormitory rooms organized and clean, developing and maintaining schedules to ensure attendance at classes, and prompting to ensure appropriate personal hygiene.
  • Support to participate in and enjoy extracurricular activities thereby being involved in the overall college experience including campus clubs, organizations and social events.
  • Assistance in planning weekend activities on campus and in the community to ensure that these students have as typical a college experience as possible.
  • Individualized plans for each student will be implemented to ensure that their educational, personal and recreational goals are met.  Weekly psycho-educational groups will be offered to students to focus on information exchange, skill building, and reflection and discussion regarding individual progress.
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