FAQ

FAQ

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.

What should I look for in an online education degree program?

The strongest online 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.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition per credit hour varies depending on whether you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program. See the complete breakdown below. 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 his or her education has the opportunity to do so.

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The online BSN tuition is $460 per credit hour. There are 68 total trimester credit hours.

Online Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (BSDMS)

The online BSDMS tuition is $460 per credit hour. There are 67 total trimester credit hours.

Online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS)

The online BSRS tuition is $460 per credit hour. There are 66 total trimester credit hours.

Online Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy and Innovation (MHA)

The online MHA tuition is $535 per credit hour. There are 39 total semester credit hours for BS to MHA and 60 total semester credit hours for AS to MHA.

Online Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (EMHA)

The online EMHA tuition is $535 per credit hour. There are 33 total semester credit hours. The program can be completed in as few as 19 months.

*Tuition rates are based on the current tuition schedule, are determined annually, and are subject to change.

How long will it take to earn my degree?

The completion time depends on which program you are enrolled in. See below for the complete breakdown. The maximum amount of time you have to complete the program is 5 years. Applicants may have credits they can transfer to meet general education requirements and decrease the amount of time in the program. An Online Enrollment Specialist can provide a free individual assessment of your transfer credits to help you determine approximately how long it will take to complete your degree.

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

There are 68 total trimester credit hours. The program can be completed in as few as 18 months.

Online Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (BSDMS)

There are 67 total trimester credit hours. The program can be completed in as few as 24 months.

Online Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (BSRS)

There are 66 total trimester credit hours. The program can be completed in as few as 24 months.

Online Master of Healthcare Administration in Strategy and Innovation (MHA)

There are 39 total semester credit hours for BS to MHA and 60 total semester credit hours for AS to MHA. BS to MHA can be completed in as few as 24 months. AS to MHA can be completed in as few as 36 months.

Online Executive Master of Healthcare Administration (EMHA)

There are 33 total semester credit hours. The program can be completed in as few as 19 months.

Is Adventist University of Health Sciences accredited?

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 (SACSCOC) 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly 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 to transfer credits from one college or university to another during your degree program, or if you plan to pursue advanced degrees in the future.

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 of this program makes it possible for even the busiest individuals to earn their degree. Add to that the unprecedented support you will receive throughout the program, and the Adventist University of Health Sciences online degree programs may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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.

I have a 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.

Do I have to repeat basic college classes like English and Psychology that I took many years ago?

Please refer to the current Adventist University Academic Bulletin online to learn about time limitations.

How many hours per week will I need to study?

On average, most students spend 15-20 hours per week studying to complete 6 credits each trimester. However, this can vary greatly depending on your personal study habits and professional circumstances.

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, email, 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.

Is Adventist University of Health Sciences new to online education?

No, Adventist University developed its first series of online courses in 2001 when it 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 university’s online programs.

What are the computer requirements for participating in this program?

Click here for current computer requirements and specifications.

How many credits do I have to take per trimester?

A particular number of credits per trimester is not mandatory; however, many students will take 8-12 credits per trimester once they have completed their first trimester. Usually for the first trimester we recommend taking only 1 or 2 courses. This is so students can become familiar with our program and get comfortable working in the online environment.

Will I have to travel to Adventist University of Health Sciences at any point while in the program?

You will never have to come to our campus. We do invite all of our graduates to the graduation ceremony once you have completed the program.

Is there a minimum number of times 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 regularly to check if there are changes to your course.

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 professionals’ 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.

What if I need help with the program?

With our program you have many layers of support. It starts with your Online Enrollment Specialist, who guides you through the enrollment process. Once in the program, you have an Online Student Manager to help you all the way to graduation. You will always be able to ask your professors and instructors questions, as well as classmates. Our Help Desk staff is at your service to assist with any technical issues.

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% online program, the nature of these projects is such that they can be completed online.