Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the aim of the program?
The M.S. Health Law Program is specifically designed for the mixed population of professionals working on both the "provider" and "payer" sides of the health care industry. It is intended to assist members of those populations in understanding and navigating the regulations governing the health care industry, and in communicating with lawyers on the job. The program does not prepare students to practice law or to sit for any bar examination, but it does provide in-depth instruction of the law, its function and the myriad of regulations governing the health care industry .
2. Does the M.S. Health Law degree prepare students to practice law or to take a bar examination?
No, the M.S. Health Law degree does not prepare students to practice law or sit for a bar examination.
3. Who enrolls in the program?
The program has enrolled health care financial managers, information officers, nurses, risk managers, compliance officers, nurse paralegals, dentists, psychologists, health care facilities administrators and employees of federal and state governmental health-care-related entities.
4. What are the admissions requirements?
The program is open to students who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school, and have been working in the area of health care, insurance or managed care for at least two years.
5. Do I have to take the GRE or the LSAT?
No, you need not take a standardized test to be admitted to the M.S. Health Law Program.
6. Will law students be in the same classes?
These classes are especially designed for master level degree seeking students. At this time, attorneys, law students or graduates of law schools are not permitted in the program.
7. Is the program accredited?
Yes. The Shepard Broad Law Center is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Law Schools. NSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our program is also certified by the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus.
8. Who is NSU?
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is the largest, private/independent university in Florida. NSU has provided traditional and distance educational options at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels to over 63,000 students since 1964.
9. How long will it take me to get my degree?
The M.S. Health Law is a 2-year program. Approximately a year-and-a-half will be spent taking classes. The final six months will be spent working on an Individual Research Project. Students may also attend part time (one course per term), however this will delay completion of the program to three to four years.
10. Can I work while I earn my degree?
The M.S. Health Law Program is designed to allow health care professionals to continue working while obtaining their degrees. With the exception of a few brief on-campus Health Law Institutes, students never have to leave their own homes.
11. Does that mean I am totally free to check into and out of my courses at any time?
It means that you are free to determine the times of day at which you wish to do your classwork. The program is not, however, a free-form program permitting you to check in with each class infrequently. Rather, the courses provide a great deal of interactivity, requiring you to check into threaded discussion boards virtually each day.
For required live chats, professors attempt to find days/times that work for all students. In the event that a day/time chosen does not work for the student, the chats are recorded and the student will be asked to post or respond via email regarding the topics discussed in the chat.
12. Where will I take classes?
All courses are offered via the Web with the exception of three short residential Institutes. Students log on at their own convenience and use email, chat rooms, streaming audio and video, and bulletin boards to communicate with other students and faculty members in a system called Blackboard.
13. So how does each class work?
Each course will require you to work, along with your classmates on a series of modules. All students must proceed through the modules together. Within each module (which roughly represents about a week of course time), each student must complete a reading assignment, click into audio or video clips constructed by the professor, respond to problems on a threaded discussion board and submit an assignment (often in the form of a quiz). Classes are taught by full-time faculty members from NSU's Shepard Broad Law Center, as well as adjunct professors from all over the country.
14. What type of technical support is offered to students?
Technical support is available through the NSU Law Center's Help Desk as well as a comprehensive Web page devoted to troubleshooting Blackboard issues.
15. What types of courses will be taught?
Every student enrolled in the M.S. Health Law Program must complete the following eight courses: Administrative Law; Law of Accreditation and Licensing; Law of Medicare and Medicaid; Law of Patients' Rights and Advocacy; Legal Perspectives on Health Care Ethics; Legal Research, Methods & Reasoning; Legal Regulation of the Workplace; and Tort & Contract Law. Thereafter, students may choose from a variety of electives to complete course credit requirements.
16. What is the Individual Research Project?
After completing the required number of class credits, students each must complete a 3 Credit Individual Research Project Seminar. Students may choose the topics of their Individual Research Projects by identifying a health-law-related situation at their workplaces and working toward a solution that benefits both them and their employers. Students may also choose scholarly topics of individual interest. This class will be taken in seminar format . All Courses must be successfully completed before students may register for the IRP.
18. How will my diploma read?
Master of Science
Your diploma will be issued by Nova Southeastern University. Your diploma and final transcript will not show that the degree earned was via an online program. Graduates with no holds on their accounts will receive their diplomas and final official transcripts withinÂ thirty to sixty daysÂ after successfully completing the Individual Research project.
19. How much will this cost?
Tuition is $575 per course credit. Financial aid is available for this program to the extent that it is available for any graduate-level educational program.
20. When does the program start?
The program starts four times per year: Spring (April) Summer (July), Fall (September) and Winter (January).
21. How do I get help checking out items from the library?
Contact the main library at NSU, Alvin Sherman Library, 954-262-4613, for a library loan