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Bachelor of Health Science

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Please view below for general and track-specific admissions requirements and how to apply to the program. They are subject to change at any time as per the University.

The BHSc program will admit entry-level and mid-level clinicians, allied health professionals and health care administrators with diverse education, work, and life experiences who have demonstrated capacity to pursue the course of study and increasingly responsible positions in health care. Areas of consideration include application content, academic record, prior health care experience, letters of evaluation and personal motivation. In special circumstances, a personal interview with members of the committee may be required (phone interview may be substituted). All interview expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. 

  1. Prior to matriculation, all applicants must have completed 3 semester hours (or the equivalent) of college level written composition course from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade of a C (GPA of 2.0 on a four point grading scale).
  2. A minimum of 30 credits from a regionally accredited College or University, or a Diploma or Certificate of Completion and documented experience in a field related to health, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a four point grading scale. In order to receive consideration for non-rigionally accreidted education, an applicant may need to submit a student prepared learning portfolio requesting Assessment of Prior Experiences for Academic Credit. This will describe all traditional, online, military and other health care education as well as work related experience and health care related conferences attended. A resume or CV, transcripts and/or official documentation of attendance must accompany all prior learning portfolios. Learning portfolios will be reviews to determine the amount of credit given, if any, for prior learning only after an applicant has been accepted into the program.
  3. Documented evidence demonstrating education or experience in the health care field within the past five years.

All applicants must show evidence of computer skills through course work or self-study prior to the end of the first term. Students may obtain instruction through the NSU Student Microcomputer Laboratory or other training facilities

It should be noted that many criteria, in addition to academic credentials play a role in the admission process for the B.H.Sc. program. While the program allows the student to demonstrate academic capability, it does not assure admission to any professional school. Admission to the B.H.Sc. will not guarantee admission to any other program of Nova Southeastern University.

Upon receipt of the completed application, fees, credentials and transcripts, the Admissions Officers and the College of Health Care Sciences will review all material for evidence of the proper education, training and background to enter the B.H.Sc.

The university reserves the right to modify any requirements on an individual basis as deemed necessary by the dean of the College of Health Care Sciences.

Assessment of Prior Experiences for Academic Credit

NSU has established different mechanism for students to convert their prior learning experiences into academic credit. For further information, visit the Office of Transfer Evaluation Services Web site.

The B.H.Sc. program offers four start dates per year.

  • January (Winter term):
    Application opens on September 2 and deadline is December 1.
  • April (Spring term):
    Application opens on December 2 and deadline is March 1.
  • July (Summer II term):
    Application opens on March 2 and deadline is June 1.
  • October (Fall term):
    Application opens on June 2 and deadline is September 1.

To ensure that your application receives prompt consideration, you should apply early. Applications are accepted year round.

The B.H.Sc. Committee on Admissions will not consider an application until all required fees, credentials, transcripts, and supporting documentation have been received by NSU's office of Enrollment Processing Services.

Candidates for admission are responsible for the submission of:

  1. A completed application form along with a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Two letters of evaluation from individuals other than relatives such as academic advisors, professors, or clinical or non clinical supervisors, or a community associates.
  3. Official college, certificate and/or diploma-based transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, sent directly from the institution.
  4. Graduates from programs other than those from regionally accredited colleges or universities must submit a student prepared learning portfolio requesting Assessment of Prior Experiences for Academic Credit. Please click here for directions and a sample portfolio.
  5. Copies of national and or state professional certification, licensure or registration, if applicable.
  6. Coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. Foreign coursework must be evaluated by one of the following services:

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
www.jsilny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 415070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.org

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

Send your transcripts and evaluations to NSU's Enrollment Processing Services at:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

B.H.SC. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Prior to matriculation, all applicants must have 3 credits (or the equivalent) of college-level written composition from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade of C (GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale)
  • an associate's degree in occupational therapy from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®)-accredited program at a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 grading scale and initial certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) as a Certified OT Assistant (COTA)
  • documented evidence demonstrating education or experience in the health care field within the past five years

M.O.T. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS APPLICANTS

  • Prior to matriculation, all applicants must have earned an average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in B.H.Sc. courses
  • Earned a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses
  • Social science and humanities prerequisite GPAS of 3.0 or better
  • Natural science prerequisite GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Completed a personal interview
  • Submitted Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing)
  • Submitted three letters of recommendation
  • Received approval of associate's degree transcript

Preference will be given to applicants with a GRE verbal score of 350 and quantitative score of 450 (taken prior to August 1, 2011) or a GRE verbal score of 143 and quantitative score of 141 (taken after August 1, 2011) and an analytical writing score of 3.5.

Upon successful completion of the B.H.Sc. degree, the above requirements, and an interview with the admissions team of the NSU Occupational Therapy Program students will be offered a seat in the NSU Master of Occupational Therapy Program at NSU's main campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (MOT). This interview will be scheduled after the completed application has been submitted.

For more information about admissions requirements for the entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy program, visit healthsciences.nova.edu/ot or email hpdinfo@nova.edu, or call 800-356-0026, ext. 21101.

B.H.SC. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR PRE-OTD TRACK

  • Prior to matriculation, all applicants must have 3 credits (or the equivalent) of college-level written composition from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade of C (GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale)
  • an associate's degree in occupational therapy from an Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®)-accredited program at a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 grading scale and initial certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) as a Certified OT Assistant (COTA)
  • documented evidence demonstrating education or experience in the health care field within the past five years

O.T.D. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR B.H.SC.- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS APPLICANTS

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.) Program selects students based on grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a written essay, letters of recommendation, and an interview. These scores will be factored into the rubric that the department uses in evaluating applicant qualifications. Strong candidates will also demonstrate concern for people of diverse backgrounds, as well as the ability to use judgment, insight, and reasoning.

  • Prior to matriculation, all applicants must have earned a cumulative average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in B.H.Sc. courses
  • Earned a grade of 2.0 or better in all prerequisite courses
  • Submit minimum GRE scores that are less than five years old for all three areas of the general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing)
  • Submit a written essay
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrate computer and word processing competency to include, but not limited to, World Wide Web navigation, software and learning management system (e.g., BlackBoard) utilization, e-correspondence, database explorations, etc. 
  • If applicable, have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 or higher for the written test or 213 or higher for the computer-based test OR have a Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic) score of 54 or higher

Upon successful completion of the B.H.Sc. degree, the above requirements, and an interview with the admissions team of the NSU Occupational Therapy Program, students will be offered a seat in the NSU Doctor of Occupational Therapy Hybrid Program at NSU's regional campus in Tampa, FL. (OTD). This interview will be scheduled after the completed application has been submitted.

For more information about admissions requirements for the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, visit healthsciences.nova.edu/ot or email hpdinfo@nova.edu, or call 800-356-0026, ext. 21101 or Tampa: (813) 574-5278.

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