NSU HPD Catalog 2020-2021

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Family Therapy Programs 135 • two academic or professional letters of recommendation (three letters for a doctoral program) written in the past year • a résumé or curriculum vitae • a sample of academic writing, either – a copy of an academic paper – a piece of professional writing • a personal statement (admission essay) that – is minimum 500 words – explains why applicant is interested in the family therapy program being applied to – explains the applicant’s professional goals – p rovides an assessment of the applicant’s ability to manage the challenges of graduate school – i ncludes any other information applicant would like to provide • a demonstration of English proficiency (any applicant whose native language is not English or who has graduated froma college or university where English is not the primary language, regardless of U.S. residency status) The standardized tests below currently satisfy NSU’s, and this program’s, English requirement for nonnative speakers. For a full list of English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university, please visit the website for NSU’s Office of International Affairs at nova.edu/internationalaffairs /students/prospective/language_proficiency.html . – Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 213 on the computer-based or 79–80 on the Internet- based test – International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 6.0 – Duolingo English Proficiency: score of at least 100 It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for all transcripts to be sent. A final transcript of all the applicant’s work up to the time of matriculation must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation. Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below: World Education Services, Inc. Bowling Green Station P.O. Box 5087 New York, NY 10274-5087 (212) 966-6311 • wes.org Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami, FL 33173 (305) 273-1616 • (305) 273-1338 fax info@jsilny.org • jsilny.org Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 101 West Pleasant Street, Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963 (414) 289-3400 • ece.org It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services. Applicants are carefully selected based on knowledge of systemic theory as it relates to various approaches of family therapy, level of prior clinical experience, evidence of commitment to advanced graduate training in the social sciences, interpersonal style, prior graduate GPA, and professional English writing skills. Once the application is complete, the Committee on Admissions decides whether the application is competitive and warrants an invitation for a personal interview. Interviews are conducted by faculty members and are by invitation only. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of admission. At any time during the review process, applicants may check their status online via the application portal. Once a decision has been made, notification is sent via email to the applicant’s address on file. Admissions Requirements /Application Procedures— Graduate Certificate Programs The applicant must be nondegree seeking and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Preference will be given to applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Applicantsmust provide the following admissions requirements to take classes in the family therapy program: • a completed application, along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee • o fficial transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of a foreign degree (must show evidence of a (bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution) • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or a master’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale • one academic or professional letter of recommendation • a résumé or curriculum vitae