Am I able to transfer previous college credits toward earning my degree?Students entering Adventist University of Health Sciences programs may transfer a certain number of credits from regionally accredited institutions. As part of the application process, a transfer credit evaluation will be performed on all previous college coursework.Back to Top
What should I look for in a distance education degree program?The strongest distance education programs are those with proven track records. They experience low student attrition rates, receive consistently high student satisfaction scores, and require minimal travel. The Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly known as Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) program has all of these important attributes.Back to Top
How much does the program cost?Tuition is $395* per credit hour. There is also a per trimester $290 matriculation fee as well as a one-time $20 application fee. Easy access to affordable education helps us fulfill our goal of ensuring that every student who has the desire to further their education has the opportunity to do so.
*Tuition rates are based on the current Tuition Schedule, are determined annually, and are subject to change.Back to Top
How long will it take to earn my degree?The online degree programs can be completed in as few as 5 terms. Applicants may have credits they can transfer to meet general education requirements and decrease the amount of time in the program. The maximum amount of time you have to complete the program is 5 years. A Distance Enrollment Specialist can provide a free individual assessment of your transfer credits to help you determine approximately how long it will take you to complete your degree.Back to Top
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Is Adventist University of Health Sciences an accredited school?
Yes, Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly named Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. Note: The commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.
In addition, it is also accredited by:
The (ACEN) Accreditation Commission For Education In Nursing (formerly NLNAC National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) (http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm), as well as the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
. The College is licensed by: The Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Florida Board of Nursing.”
Why is regional accreditation important?Regional accreditation is the primary type of institutional accreditation recognized in the United States. Some institutions with online programs hold national accreditation rather than regional accreditation because they are unwilling or unable to meet the rigorous standards of regional accreditation. Many educational institutions holding regional accreditation do not recognize credits or degrees earned at institutions that are nationally accredited. Regional accreditation is very important if you plan on transferring credits from one college or university to another during your degree program, or if you plan on pursuing advanced degrees in the future.Back to Top
Is online learning for me?Online learning is ideal for working professionals because it provides the opportunity to study when it is convenient for you. The flexibility this program makes it possible for even the busiest individuals to earn their degree. Add to that the unprecedented support that you will receive throughout the program, and it is easy to see that the Adventist University of Health Sciences online degree programs just may be the answer you've been looking for.Back to Top
I am not computer savvy; can I still participate in this program?Yes. We realize that many students are computer novices, so Adventist University of Health Sciences provides technical support and a full-time program manager who will be your personal guide throughout the program. New students also receive special support prior to starting class during an interactive orientation to online courses.Back to Top
I have an extremely busy schedule and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?Yes. You can complete your studies at your convenience in the comfort of your own home. No campus visits are required. You will have access to your coursework 24 hours a day, so you can plan your class time.Back to TopBack to Top
How many hours per week will I need to study?On an average, most students spend 15-20 hours per week studying to ensure completion of 6 credits each trimester. However, this can vary greatly, depending on your personal study habits, and professional circumstances.Back to Top
What is Canvas?Canvas is a classroom-based software program that provides the instructor and student with a user-friendly environment that allows for a number of different learning experiences and environments. The features include discussion forums, e-mail, student presentations, online testing, posting of assignments and lectures, Internet relay chats, online grade book, and many other features that an instructor may make available to the student. Colleges and universities worldwide choose it to deliver powerful online teaching and learning experiences.Back to Top
Is Adventist University of Health Sciences new to online education?No, Adventist University (formerly known as Florida Hospital College) developed its first series of online courses in 2001 when the University launched the online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences degree. Since then, Adventist University has added the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2004, and in 2007 the online Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree was offered. Currently more than 1,000 students from around the world are enrolled in the College's online programs.Back to TopBack to Top
How many credits do I have to take per trimester?A particular number of credits per trimester is not mandatory; however, many of our students will take 8-12 credits per trimester once they have completed their first trimester. Usually for the first trimester we recommend that our students take only 1 or 2 courses. We do this so that our students can become familiar with our program and get comfortable working in the online environment.Back to Top
Will I have to come to Adventist University of Health Sciences at any point while in the program?You will never have to come to our campus for any reason at all. We do invite all of our graduates to the graduation ceremony once you have completed the program.Back to Top
Is there a minimum number of times that I have to log in per week?There is not a minimum number of times that you must log in per week, but you must log in for your chat session. It is also beneficial to log in on a regular basis to check if there are changes to your course.Back to Top
When will I have to log in for the chat sessions?Usually there will be a couple of choices for chat time because we understand that healthcare professionalsâ€™ work schedules change frequently. We also need to accommodate people on the West Coast as well as the East Coast. The larger the class, the more options there will be for chat times.Back to Top
What if I need help with the program?With our program you have many layers of support. It starts with your Distance Enrollment Specialist who guides you through the enrollment process. Once in the program, you have a Distance Student Manager to help you all the way to graduation. You will always be able to ask questions of your professors and instructors, as well as classmates. Our Help Desk staff is at your service to assist with any technical issues.Back to Top
Will I have to do any group projects while completing my degree?Certain classes may require group projects based on the discretion of the class instructor. However, as this is a 100% distance program, the nature of these projects is such that they can be completed online.Back to Top
I am interested in pursuing the online BSDMS program at Adventist University of Health Sciences. How do I get started?Our Distance Enrollment Specialists are prepared to answer your questions and walk you through the steps necessary to apply. Click on the learn more button to have a Distance Enrollment Specialist contact you or call 1-888-768-6276 to speak to us today.Back to Top
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Is any kind of certification needed to be admitted to the BSDMS program?
Yes, you need to be certified by one of these accrediting organizations:
- American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT),
- Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI)Â