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Doctor of Health Science

Graduate Testimonials

Director of Operations, ISIS Services, LLC

"I completed the DHSc program in August 2005 and have never regretted it since. In fact, the DHSc has opened so many doors in industry, education and consulting that I find myself choosing between opportunities.

In the same month that I finished, I began a full time Assistant Professor position in the School of Nursing at Dominican University. Having the DHSc qualified me to advance to teaching in the MSN program and it fulfilled a tenure requirement of achieving the doctorate. After three years of teaching full time, I have switched to adjunct in order to free up time to pursue other opportunities. I also teach as an Adjunct Professor in the PA/MPH program at Touro University, and have done curriculum development projects for the Doctor of Health Sciences program at Argosy University online. This fall I will be teaching online for California State East Bay's new Health Sciences program online. The program began a few years ago and is expanding rapidly due to the demand for health science programs as students see health as a viable career and this degree as an alternative to a clinical role in the industry.

My full time job is as the Director of Operations at ISIS Services, LLC headquarters facility in Berkeley CA. We have a satellite surgical research facility in San Carlos as well. The DHSc has provided me with a level of credibility in the research industry that 15 previous years as an RN in surgical services (with an MBA) did not."

Associate Dean and Physician Assistant Program Director
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

"I just accepted the position of Associate Dean at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences."

Assistant Professor
Trinity Christian College

"I was able to apply and obtain a full-time, tenure-track faculty position as an assistant professor at Trinity Christian College because I was enrolled in Nova Southeastern University's Doctor of Health Science Program. Since I have graduated, I am now able to apply for a promotion to an associate professor.

The program provided me with an opportunity to interface with healthcare professionals throughout the country. I was able to network with fellow professors and discuss effective means to impact nursing students."

Director of Perioperative Services
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine

"The DHSc enabled me to advance to the position of Director of Perioperative Services at a mid-size Baylor hospital (230 +40 beds under construction, nine operating rooms, featuring Bariatrics, Open Heart, and Robotic GYN service lines) near Dallas Texas. It is a wonderful place to work where I continue to learn best practice and enjoy a vital, patient-centered atmosphere. We are engaged in several evidence-based quality projects and excel in patient satisfaction scores. I am convinced that having my Doctorate in Health Science made the difference in my being chosen for this responsibility."

Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Kettering College of Medical Arts
Dayton, OH 45429

"Obtaining my DHSc from Nova Southeastern University has given me the opportunity to obtain an Assistant Professor position in a Physician Assistant Masters degree program as the Director of Graduate Studies as well as become a member of the Kettering Health Care Network Institutional Review Board."

Director and Associate Professor
Physician Assistant Program
Eastern Virginia Medical School

"The DHSc degree was instrumental in my consideration for a PA Program Director position in spite of only 3 years teaching experience.

Within a few months of completing the program, I was promoted to Associate Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

During the DHSc Program I was encouraged to seek publication of a paper I wrote for the Medical Writing course. As a result of that experience, I kept writing and now I have 16 articles published or being considered. In addition, I now teach a medical writing course for our PA students."

Associate Director, Associate Professor
Gannon University Physician Assistant Program

"My DHSc was very helpful in my obtaining both rank advancement to Associate Professor and tenure in my institution!"

Assistant Professor
Physician Assistant Department
Medical College of Georgia

"The DHSc degree was the major component in securing my position as an Assistant Professor. More importantly, the curriculum design of this program provided opportunities that allowed me to hone existing skills and learn new skills that have practical application for me as a Physician Assistant and are transferable to other venues outside of the profession as well. I was also able to publish a clinical review article on familial melanoma in one of my professional journals."

Keiser University
Program Director - Physician Assistant
Graduate Professor

"My DHSc enabled me to obtain the directorship at the new developing Physician Assistant Program at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale."

"The DHSc degree played an integral role in my obtaining a Senior Management position as a Program Director at a global Clinical Research Organization. My compensation increased by 50% as a result of the DHSc degree."

"The DHSc has afforded me the opportunity to advance from a clinical social worker to a Senior Policy Analyst with the Department of Health and Human Services. After I started working, I inquired why they selected me for the position and they stated that the DHSc placed me "ahead of the pack" of the other applicants."

Assistant. Professor
Dept of PA Studies
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

"The DHSc helped me compete for multiple faculty positions and empowered me to make a career choice that met my family, personal and career goals. Since advanced degrees are rewarded in academia, the DHSc has already paid for itself."

Assistant Professor
Wingate University Department of PA Studies

"My Doctor of Health Science degree from NSU provided me a rich and deep educational experience. It not only granted the terminal degree that is becoming the standard for PA educators, but a knowledge base allowing me to better educate my PA students. The program also allows the student to network with others in both similar and diverse health care fields, therefore enriching the experience."

Chief Executive Officer
Westchester General Hospital, Inc.

"I cannot discuss the effect the degree had on my present career as I already was in the CEO position when starting the DHS program. From a professional and personal perspective the degree serves as "validation" of the knowledge I acquired over a 30 year career. The MDs and DOs on our Medical Staff (and on the national committees I serve) call me "Dr. Baldwin" even though I introduce myself as "Gilda".

Chair, Allied Health Department
Director, Respiratory Therapy
Washburn University

"I am applying for promotion to full professor this academic year. I would not have the opportunity to do this if I did not have my doctorate from NSU."

Regional Medical Scientist, CNS
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

"The DHSc has been invaluable in Medical Affairs, allowing me the option to apply for doctoral-level only positions."

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Education
Director, Entry Level Master's PA Program
Quinnipiac University

"Almost immediately after earning my doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern, I asked my Department Head to put me forward for promotion. Both the Department Evaluation Committee and the University Review Committee looked favorably upon my newly acquired credential and I was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Education at Quinnipiac University."

Chair, Department of Nutrition
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
Associate Professor
Allen Center for Nutrition
Cedar Crest College

"Since graduation I have been promoted to Associate Professor and have been made the Chair of our College's Nutrition Department."

Senior Scientist / Senior Science Manager
General Dynamics Information Technology
United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Military Operational Medicine Research Program

"The DHSc provides a scientific expertise which spans the spectrum of healthcare and has enabled me to obtain a position as a Senior Scientist with the General Dynamics Information Technology Corporation, where I direct operations for a research staff and serve as the Senior Science Manager for a $60,000,000.00 Military Operational Medicine Research Program of the United States Army Medical Department."

Associate Professor of Nursing
Franklin Pierce University

"Dr. Marilyn McDonald, DHSc Class of 2008 is a Program lead in the Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program at Kaplan University. She presented her research on Health Literacy and the Uninsured at The Royal College of Surgeons, School of Nursing and Midwifery Annual Research Conference, Dublin Ireland in March, 2017."

Director, Doctor of Health Sciences
Arizona School of Health Sciences
A.T. Still University

"I graduated from NSU's Doctor of Health Science program in 2004 and found the degree was my admissions ticket to academia and a career change. The Doctor of Health Science was essential to the advancement to my current position as administrator of a doctoral health science program. The degree has allowed me to change career paths and utilize a more broad spectrum of skills encompassing teaching, management, and research. Ultimately the degree was instrumental in ensuring increased flexibility and opportunity in my career journey."

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