MHS/DHS Dual Degree Program
- 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 G.P.A. at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Applicants for admission to the fall 2012 semester and subsequent semesters must also submit current (no more than five years old) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
- Prior health care experience is required and is strongly considered in the admissions process. The M.H.Sc./D.H.Sc dual degree program is a post professional 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 (non-clinical) 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 applicants must show evidence of computer skills through coursework or self-study prior to the end of the fist semester. Students may obtain instruction through the NSU computer laboratory or other training facilities.
The University reserves the right to modify any requirement on an individual basis as deemed necessary by the Dean of the College of Health Care Sciences.