Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science 331 Accelerated Dual-Degree M.H.Sc./D.H.Sc. Program This accelerated dual-degree program was designed for accomplished, motivated health care practitioners educated at the bachelor’s degree level who desire a clinically applicable, postprofessional, interdisciplinary doctoral degree. The program is specifically appropriate for those practitioners who have a strong desire to teach within the health disciplines at the graduate level or assume advanced professional and institutional leadership roles within the health care delivery system. The combined M.H.Sc./D.H.Sc. degree provides rigorous academic exposure to a wide range of topics pertinent to clinicians, health administrators, and health professions educators. These topics include epidemiology, health care finance, statistics and research methods, conflict resolution, leadership studies, professional writing, health policy, global health issues, evidence-based medicine, medical informatics, and medical quality assurance/risk management. Students have the opportunity to engage in capstone research experiences and internships within their home community. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to expand their professional roles in both clinical and non-clinical arenas. Study is primarily nonresidential, and uses state-of-the-art online course platforms that permit synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Students are required to attend two one-week, on-campus institutes during the doctoral portion of their studies. This accelerated track permits the motivated student to earn both a master’s and a doctoral degree from our respected, regionally accredited research institution. The 82 credits of course content earned can be completed with three–seven years of study. M.H.Sc./D.H.Sc. Accelerated Program • total combined semester hours: 76 • 21 hours completed in the M.H.Sc. program • 55 hours completed in the D.H.Sc. program • M .H.Sc. degree awarded after completion of 42 credits (the 21 credits of the M.H.Sc. core courses, the D.H.Sc. ethics and research courses, a 4-credit D.H.Sc. course of the student’s choice, the DHS internship/practicum preparation course, and the D.H.Sc. Internship and D.H.Sc. Practicum courses) • M.H.Sc. courses all taught through distance learning • D .H.Sc. courses taught through distance learning and at required on-campus summer institutes • chat sessions and threaded discussions, a regular part of the program, promote student-professor and student- student interaction Admissions Requirements Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants should demonstrate a cumulative bachelor’s degree GPA at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Prior health care experience is required. The postprofessional M.H.Sc./D.H.Sc. dual-degree program is designed for health practitioners and clinicians from a wide variety of disciplines. The successful administrative applicant will demonstrate at least five years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility in a health care setting. Professional experience will be documented by an organizational chart demonstrating the applicant’s position within the organization and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor attesting to the applicant’s level of responsibility within the organization. Health care administrators will also need to submit a statement concerning their career and professional goals within the health care environment. Fellowship or certification by a recognized health certifying body (e.g., FACHE) is desirable. Beginning with the admission cycle for fall 2012, applicants will be required to take the GRE and submit their scores as part of the application process. Effective January 2022, GRE scores will no longer be required. All applicants must show evidence of computer skills through coursework or self-study prior to the end of the first semester. Students may obtain instruction through the NSU microcomputer laboratory or other training facilities. The university reserves the right tomodify any requirement on an individual basis, as deemed necessary by the dean of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. Tuition and Fees Tuition for M.H.Sc. courses for 2021–2022 will be posted on our website (healthsciences.nova.edu/healthsciences/mhs /tuition.html). Tuition for D.H.Sc. courses for 2021–2022 will be posted on our website (nova.edu/cah/healthsciences/dhs). An NSU Student Services Fee of $1,500 and a Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences General Access Fee of $145 are required annually. A registration fee of $30 is required per semester. All tuitions and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.