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    Online Master of Science Degree in Clinical Vision Research

    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: Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 15 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Threaded Discussion Board, Voice Subject: Optometry METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses WebCT

     
    DESCRIPTION
    Over the past decade, the optometric profession has witnessed dynamic changes and growth in global health care delivery systems. This phenomenon has been accompanied by enormous advances in technology and the health sciences. It has impacted how we work, how we communicate, and how we learn. Technology has touched every field imaginable, including clinical optometry and vision science. While advances in information technology have simplified the exchange of information, it has also increased the sheer volume of data available and has made managing information more complicated than ever before.

    In response to these widespread changes, NSU College of Optometry has developed a two-year, 45-credit online Master of Science Program in Clinical Vision Research (CVR). This program is designed to assist optometrists, optometric educators, optometric students, as well as other health-care professionals extend their carrier opportunities by developing and enhancing their ability to perform clinical vision research. This innovative program includes curricula leading to a Graduate Certificate in CVR and a Master of Science in CVR.

    Accommodating the need and desire of most health care professionals to remain in their present location and employment and, at the same time, draw upon a nationally recognized faculty, the CVR program offers a unique opportunity through NSU College of Optometry's state-of-the-art, Web-based distance learning technology. The program requirements may be completed at home or in the office at times convenient to the student, without compromising the student's career, family, and personal obligations.

    The primary audiences for this program are optometrists, optometric educators, optometric students, as well as other health-care professionals who conduct or plan to conduct clinical vision research in a patient care or academic setting. The program is designed to provide the CVR student with an opportunity to acquire or enhance his or her knowledge and skills to design, develop, perform, analyze, and evaluate research projects and studies. Following completion of the program, CVR graduates will find themselves well prepared to face the challenges of contributing to the research and knowledge-base of their profession.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    none
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    All courses are offered via the Web. Students' computers must meet or exceed the following minimal requirements listed below in order to easily access and participate in the program.

    Hardware:

    Pentium II 266 MHz or AMD processor (Pentium III at 400 MHz or higher recommended, AMD Athalon Processor or compatible also recommended)
    128MB RAM or higher
    56k V.90 Modem
    8x CD-ROM (higher speed recommended)
    8MB Video Card or higher recommended
    4 GB Hard Disk free space (8 GB or higher recommended)
    128K cache
    32 bit Sound Blaster card or compatible sound card
    ISP (Internet Service Provider other than AOL) (a DSL line recommended)
    Printer (optional)
    Speakers
    Microphone with headset or boom microphone
    Surge suppressor electrical outlet
    Software:

    Office 97 or 2000 including Word, PowerPoint, & Excel
    Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.7 (Netscape 6.X is
    not supported in WebCT)
    Windows 98 SE, Windows NT, Windows ME, or Windows 2000
    Real Player (free download)
    Adobe Reader (free download)
    Antivirus (Norton or McAfee recommended)
    Technical assistance is available through the University's Help Desk, but students are expected to have basic computer skills upon enrollment and to use their Internet Service Provider for basic support. If you don't have computer experience, it is strongly suggested that you develop the required skills listed below before you begin taking courses in the program.

    Skills:

    Windows skills
    Word processing skills including the ability to save work as text files and to copy and paste text.
    Electronic mail skills with the ability to attach files
    Bulletin board skills
    FTP or downloading skills
    Web navigation skills
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    Students have access to the NSU Electronic Library. Databases Electronic research databases are available to library users from Internet-accessible computers. NSU students, faculty, and staff members can access the databases with their NSU email username and password. Contact a librarian: http://www.nova.edu/library
    to learn how to search the databases and conduct research. For further information and access.
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    The purpose of the Student Financial Aid Program at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry is to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their professional and graduate education. Loans, scholarships, and grants are available to eligible candidates to ease the costs of the CVR program. The application deadline to receive priority for scholarships is March of each year. Late applications will be reviewed on a space available basis.

    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    All candidates for the Master of Science degree in Clinical Vision Research will write a thesis that embodies the results of an original research study.
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    none
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Each student is assigned a mentor during the first year of study and is assigned an advisor for the second year of study. The second year of course work is designed to meet the individualized interests and specializations of the student.
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    none
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    To be admitted to the Clinical Vision Research (CVR) graduate program, applicants must have completed one of the following requirements:

    � Earned a post-baccalaureate professional degree, or
    � Earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0

    Applicants with a baccalaureate degree whose grade point average is below 3.0 must achieve a minimum score of 1000 on both the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    Information regarding the GRE can be found at http://www.gre.org/.

    An average score in the 50th percentile or higher on either the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) (http://www.optometry.org/) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) (http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/) may be substituted.

    PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who have earned a post-baccalaureate professional degree (O.D., D.O., M.D.) are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be considered for admission on a probationary status.

    Applicants from countries in which English is not the official language are required to submit scores from the computer version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 213.

    Information for taking this test online may be found at http://www.toefl.org/.

    Undergraduate course work taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence.

    Foreign course work must be evaluated by one of the services listed below.

    You should contact:
    Education CredentialEvaluators
    P.O. Box 514070Milwaukee,
    WI 53202-3470(414) 289-3400http://www.ece.org

    Josef Silny &Associates
    P.O. Box 248233Coral Gables,
    FL 33124(305) 273-1616
    www.jsilny.com

    World EducationServices,
    Inc.P.O. Box 01-5060
    Miami, FL 33101
    (305) 358-6688http://www.wes.org

    World Education Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 745
    Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    (212) 966-6311
    http://www.wes.org/

    All applicants should request a course-by-course evaluation. It is the applicant's responsibility to have course work evaluated, and an official evaluation must be sent directly by the service to the Office of Admissions at:
    Nova Southeastern University
    Attention: Optometry Admissions
    Graduate Programs
    3200 South University Drive
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328

    With careful planning, those students who complete the Graduate Certificate in the CVR program, if accepted into the Master's program, may transfer all credits to the Master of Science in the Clinical Vision Research degree program and complete the entire program in as little as two years. Please note that the Graduate Certificate program must be completed within three years and the Master of Science program must be completed within six years of matriculation.

    Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree may also take online course work as non-degree seeking students without fulfilling the above requirements. Up to nine quarter credit hours of course work taken in non-degree status and completed with a grade of 80 or better may be transferred to the Graduate Certificate or Master of Science program, if admitted.

    The MSCVR program of the College of Optometry selects students based on the candidate's application content, academic performance, test scores (if the applicant does not have a post-baccalaureate degree), and letter of evaluation.

    The program will accept 20 new students per class.
    Start Date: April 1 2004
     
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    none
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    Technical Requirements:

    All courses are offered via the Web. Students' computers must meet or exceed the following minimal requirements listed below in order to easily access and participate in the program.

    Hardware:

    Pentium II 266 MHz or AMD processor (Pentium III at 400 MHz or higher recommended, AMD Athalon Processor or compatible also recommended)
    128MB RAM or higher
    56k V.90 Modem
    8x CD-ROM (higher speed recommended)
    8MB Video Card or higher recommended
    4 GB Hard Disk free space (8 GB or higher recommended)
    128K cache
    32 bit Sound Blaster card or compatible sound card
    ISP (Internet Service Provider other than AOL) (a DSL line recommended)
    Printer (optional)
    Speakers
    Microphone with headset or boom microphone
    Surge suppressor electrical outlet
    Software:

    Office 97 or 2000 including Word, PowerPoint, & Excel
    Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.7 (Netscape 6.X is
    not supported in WebCT)

    Windows 98 SE, Windows NT, Windows ME, or Windows 2000
    Real Player (free download)
    Adobe Reader (free download)
    Antivirus (Norton or McAfee recommended)

    Technical assistance is available through the University's Help Desk, but students are expected to have basic computer skills upon enrollment and to use their Internet Service Provider for basic support.

    If you don't have computer experience, it is strongly suggested that you develop the required skills listed below before you begin taking courses in the program.

    Skills:

    Windows skills
    Word processing skills including the ability to save work as text files and to copy and paste text.

    Electronic mail skills with the ability to attach files
    Bulletin board skills
    FTP or downloading skills
    Web navigation skills
    Technical Assistance:

    Student Technology Help Page

    Help Desk Email Address: help@nova.edu

    Help Desk Telephone Numbers:
    954-262-4357 (local) or 800-541-6682 ext. 4357 (out-of-area)
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4am Saturday & Sunday 9am-11pm
     
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    none

     


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