NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

350 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health Science The accelerated M.H.Sc. and Ph.D. in Health Science is a distance – based, research focused dual program designed for bachelor’s prepared health professionals with diverse work backgrounds who are interested in earning a terminal degree in the field of health science with a core focus in research. The programwill prepare graduates to function both independently and interdependently within the clinical and non-clinical research environment. The dual degree program challenges the student to examine the current state of health care; apply sophisticated knowledge of research design, biostatistics, and epidemiology to the literature of their core discipline; and design and conduct original research in health care. The accelerated dual degree is designed to provide a means of M.H.Sc. and Ph.D. completion for working health care professionals currently at the bachelor’s degree level, increasing opportunities for health practitioners to earn a terminal degree in the field of health science with a core focus in research. It will prepare graduates to function both independently and interdependently within clinical and nonclinical research environment and for advanced development of new knowledge in their fields of expertise. The dual degree program challenges the student to examine the current state of health care; apply sophisticated knowledge of research design, biostatistics, and epidemiology to the literature of their core discipline; and initiate the design and follow up mechanisms for research in health care. Admissions Requirements The Accelerated Dual-Degree M.H.Sc./Ph.D. in Health Science will admit health care professionals with diverse undergraduate education, professional-level health care work history, and life experience, who have demonstrated the capacity to pursue a rigorous course of graduate study and increasingly responsible positions in health care. Applicants interested in this dual degree program will apply directly to the program. The Accelerated Dual-Degree M.H.Sc./Ph.D. in Health Science Committee on Admissions will recommend prospective students for admission by considering the overall qualities of the applicant through Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, statement of intent, writing samples, letters of recommendation, and the personal interview. 1. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program. 2. Applicants must have a minimumof a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 3. Applicants must have prior health care experience. It is strongly considered in the admissions process. The M.H.Sc./ Ph.D. in Health Science program is a postprofessional degree designed for health practitioners, public health professionals, and health care administrators from a wide variety of disciplines. The commonality exhibited by our students is the expert practice of a recognized health occupation at a professional level, or five years of administrative experience in a health care organization with progressively increasing responsibilities over that time frame. The successful applicant’s health profession may emphasize delivery of services to individual clients (e.g., PA, PT, RN, LCSW, etc.) or be population-based (MPH, MHA). An appropriate level of professional practice is generally recognized by either health professions licensure (e.g., RN, PT), a national certification or registration (e.g., PA-C, RVT, RRT, CRNA, FACHE), a recognized health professions academic credential (e.g., M.P.H., M.S.N., M.S.W., M.H.A., M.B.A.), or a combination of the above. The successful administrative (nonclinical) applicant will demonstrate at least five years of professional administrative 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 nationally recognized health certifying body (FACHE, etc.) is desirable. All questions regarding the appropriateness of an applicant’s qualifications for admission can be discussed with the department chair or program director on an informal basis, but the official recommendations are made by the Committee on Admissions to the dean of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, who makes the final determination. It is recommended that applicants have official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 150 (verbal), 149 (quantitative), and 4 (analytical writing). GRE scores must be less than five years old at the time of matriculation into the program. Effective January 2022, GRE scores are no longer required. 4. Applicant must have a personal interview with the Committee on Admissions (a telephonic or Skype interview is accepted, based on the applicant’s needs). Applicants must also provide • two letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s aptitude and determination to complete this course of study (The letters should originate fromprofessional colleagues/ supervisors or from course instructors at the last school attended.) Accelerated Dual-Degree M.H.Sc./Ph.D. in Health Science Program

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