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    Online Master of Health Science Degree

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Masters - Master's Enrollment: 100 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Postal, Voice Subject: Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

     
    DESCRIPTION
    The program is designed for the graduate clinician and allied health practitioner to provide advanced knowledge in conducting research, advanced clinical training and scholarship needed to expand career mobility and professional advancement.

    Mid-level practitioners and allied health professionals practicing today in urban and rural communities throughout the nation are highly recognized as valuable members of the health care team who make quality care more accessible while reducing costs. These health care professionals are playing a prominent and respected role in providing community medical service. An increasing number of employers are seeking master's-level, academically prepared professionals to fill expanded roles that include clinical specialization, health education, research and health care administration.

    The M.M.S. didactic curriculum provides education in a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas. The clinical component of the program will be tailored to the individual interest and goal of the graduate student. Under faculty guidance, students will demonstrate increased understanding in their chosen areas of study.

    The M.M.S. program is primarily designed for working non-physician clinicians and allied health professionals who have graduated from an accredited entry-level allied health program. However, students who are currently enrolled and in good standing, but have not yet graduated from their entry-level allied health program, may submit an application to the M.M.S. program. If accepted, enrollment in didactic classes is permitted. However, the student must graduate from their entry-level allied health program and find employment in that profession prior to being able to enroll in the M.M.S. clinical courses. Students enrolled in the clinical segment of the M.M.S. program must have successfully graduated from an entry-level professional program. The clinical component of the M.M.S. may be conducted at physician offices, hospitals, private institutions or locations approved by M.M.S. program administration. The clinical preceptor shall be approved by the M.M.S. Program based upon the academic training, demonstrated scholarship, teaching experience, and clinical expertise. In most cases, the clinical preceptor will be the student抯 employing physician, supervisor or manager.

    Curriculum:

    Basic: 36 hours Master's Degree including:

    Four (4) Required Didactic courses = 12 hours
    Two (2) Elective Didactic Courses = 6 hours
    Three (3) Required Clinical Courses = 18 hours

    DIDACTIC COMPONENT COURSES

    Required Core Courses (all are three credit hours)

    MMS 5205 Writing for Medical Publication
    MMS 5501 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    MMS 5510 Research Methods
    MMS 5521 Ethical Issues in Healthcare

    Elective Courses (all are three credit hours)

    MMS 5610 Computer Applications in Healthcare
    MMS 5208 Medical Grand Rounds
    MMS 5211 Contemporary Issues in Nutrition
    MMS 5213 Stress Management: Concepts and Practice
    MMS 5103 Principles of Advanced Life Support
    MMS 5400 Directed Studies in Medical Science

    REQUIRED CLINICAL COMPONENTS (all are six credit hours)

    MMS 5106 Advanced Clinical 1
    MMS 5206 Advanced Clinical 2
    MMS 5306 Graduate Project
     
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    All applicants must be currently practicing allied health professionals in clinical practice. Examples of allied health professionals include physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, cardio-pulmonary technicians and other similar "trained" professionals (having completed an entry level program). If there are any questions about your particular position, contact the program.
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    IBM-compatible PC:
    � Pentium 400MHz minimum Processor or better
    � 64 MB RAM minimum (recommend 128 or higher)
    � Video capable of 800 X 600 display or better
    � CD ROM capability
    � Full duplex sound card and speakers
    � 56K modem (high speed connections recommended)
    � Internet connection with private Internet Service Provider (ISP) for access to the Internet
    � Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP or NT
    � Microsoft Office 97 with PowerPoint, Word, and Excel minimum or better
    � Surge suppressor electrical outlet (recommended)
    � Suggested option: Zip drive
     
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The university抯 Electronic Library provides online access to hundreds of databases and thousands of full-text journals online. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned. To contact DLS by phone, call 800-541-6682, ext. 4602, or 954-262-4602.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability and the ability to directly apply financial aid to book orders. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term. The bookstore may be reached at 800-509-2665 or 954-262-4750.
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    All students considered for enrollment must be working (either full or part time or volunteer) allied health professionals (graduates of entry level programs) in patient contact areas. Further clarification can be obtained on an individual basis from the program.

    Graduation from the MMS program requires the student to keep a log of all clinical experiences (ie. patient contacts and similar activities). The patient log component of the program also includes a complete subjective analysis of the experience by the student and an objective evaluation by a clinical supervisor or preceptor. All student are required to self-arrange for a supervisor or preceptor during this experience.

    The program also requires students to complete a graduate project suitable for professional publication. During the clinical component and graduate project the student must work one-on-one with a faculty advisor and should be monitored by the advisor throughout. The program believes that the small size, intensity, continual interaction between faculty and students and between students, and the culminating graduate project validates the student's acquisition of program goals and objectives.
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    Graduation from the Master of Medical Science program is held once per year, usually during the summer session. This "live" graduation is located in Ft. Lauderdale FL, and in concert with the other programs in the College of Allied Health. The program highly recommends attendance at this ceremony. However, attendance is NOT a requirement for distance education students.
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Academic and support services are coordinated through the Master of Medical Science Program Office. Faculty advisement access is maintained by all previously mentioned electronic means. The Program Office is available "live" from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM daily Monday through Friday EST. The program faculty and staff attempt to answer all e-mail, and fax correspondence within 48 hours of receipt whenever possible.

    All students have available to them a "phone" academic advisement session at the start of the program. This session allows for planning of the student's education during tenure in the program.

    Interactive learning methods involve Web pages to access course materials (most courses use WebCT), announcements, distance library services and the electronic library, and other information, plus a range of tools and methods to facilitate frequent faculty-student and student-student interaction including online forums using threaded discussion boards, chat rooms, email, telephone, telephone voicemail, and fax. Students can meet online without faculty intervention/participation via a threaded discussion board or chat room, to discuss course topics or work on group projects. Email among students is also common and encouraged. In addition, WebCT provides a system for online submission and grading of assignments in multimedia formats. The school offers training to its online students and faculty in the use of the technology and conducts reviews of faculty performance, which include assessment of the interaction between faculty and students and among students. Requirements for student participation are included in individual course syllabi.
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    Course transfers must be requested in writing to the program office.

    A maximum of 6 hours may be transferred from other regionally accredited, graduate-level training programs. NSU will transfer a maximum of 6 semester credits, including credit for eligible coursework, training and professional certifications toward the 36 hour MMS degree. Transfer credits are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Students are notified of transfer status after all official transcripts from previous colleges and universities are evaluated.

    Credit for specific professional certifications in allied health must be validated by a copy of the certification prior to evaluation and approval. Examples include Emergency Medical Technician / Paramedic, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

    For military training programs the recommendations contained in the "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces" from the American Council on Education, will be utilized to evaluate such training for credit transfer. Examples include Combat Casualty and Flight Medicine Courses of training.

    It is possible that the program may need additional documentation to evaluate transfer credit. Examples include transcripts, syllabi, lecture notes, course catalogs, program brochures, or validation from program administration or faculty.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    Students may enroll in courses as non-degree seeking (at NSU) students. A maximum of 9 credits may be completed in this manner. Students intending to utilize this option must notify the program office prior to enrollment. An abbreviated application is required of all non-degree seeking students.

    Class sizes are generally controlled, but accommodations can be made for filled classes. Students encountering registration "lock out" due to over-enrollment are encouraged to contact the program office for available options.
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    Each student hold the responsibility to fulfill all class requirements, access recommended resources, and meet the appropriate deadlines for assignment submission, exams and course completion.

    There are no on-campus requirements.
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    The Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) Program is designed for the graduate clinician and allied health practitioner. The MMS Program is NOT an entry level program for ANY health care profession. This program will NOT qualify you for liscensure, or certification in any state or profession. You must be an employed health care professional.

    The program assumes a basic understanding and knowledge about the use of technology in education. All students in the College of Allied Health are required to own a computer system with Internet access. Students should have the prerequisite technology competencies and skills to operate efficiently in the computer and online environment. Students will be required to utilize the technology for submission of assignments, accessing course websites, and interacting with material, other students, faculty and program staff.
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    Academic and support services are coordinated through the Master of Medical Science Program Office.

    Library Services: Distance Library Services (DLS) is a department of the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Libraries. It provides off- campus students with almost all of the library services available to users on campus. Students may consult with a reference librarian, order books, request copies of journal articles, obtain library instructional material on the Web or in the mail, use NSU Electronic Library to access databases that include full-text and full-image documents, and access order forms.

    Student Information System: The NSU Student Information System has services which allow the student to access and update personal information, any time, any place, using your Web browser. The university's "WebStar" system gives students the ability to review grades, print unofficial transcripts, review financial aid information, and review financial account balance.

    Information Technologies " Help" Desk: provides assistance with many distance technology issues by phone or email support. Examples of services include help with connecting to NSU from home, configuring a PPP connection, troubleshooting Email account problems, navigating through WebCT ( courseware), setting up Outlook, Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, and other technology issues. The HELP Desk maintains expanded hours of operation for the convenience of our students in the off hours, including nights and weekends.

     


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