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Medical Education

Choosing to teach is a wise decision, yet you may lack formal training in the educational process. Gain skills in pedagogy, multiple forms of reasoning, and types of knowledge. Learn how to integrate formal learning with clinical practice. 

What you’ll study

A rigorous online program includes coursework in educational methodologies, assessment and evaluation, research, and technology in education. Each required course is structured as a 6-hour practicum that engages you in robust dialogues with other healthcare professionals.

How you’ll learn more

The NSU setting provides the most recent technologies and best practices in medical education. Recognized scholars in their fields, faculty members motivate you with a shared dedication to education.

Where it can take you

Hospitals and universities have a high demand for well-trained educators. Roles for graduates include preceptors, department chairs, and directors of education. You may also pursue numerous other academic leadership positions.

The mission of the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine Master of Science in Medical Education program is to provide cutting edge medical education for the design, development, and delivery of high quality instruction and assessment for educators across the continuum of health care professionals in the United States and internationally.

As a leader in both education and health professions, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) offers a Master of Science in Medical Education (MSMEd) program. This 36 credit hour online degree program is designed to help clinical faculty and community preceptors enhance their professional education and teaching skills as well as to expand their ability to facilitate the learning process of students and residents in a variety of clinical teaching environments.  The program is comprised of 6 required courses to cover: 

  • assessment & evaluation
  • educational methodologies
  • research
  • technology in education  

The course of study was designed to develop a cadre of interprofessional clinical educators with the knowledge and skills to lead in a dynamic and changing healthcare system.  Students are expected to demonstrate the application of content knowledge to their specific clinical profession and engage in robust dialogues with other healthcare professionals.

Course Description
MED 600 Practicum in Teaching Medical and Other Health Professions Students in a Diverse Learning Environment
MED 610 Practicum in Implications of the Domains of Human Development in Health Professions Students
MED 620 Practicum in Technology Resources for Health Professions Education
MED 630 Practicum in Effective Instruction Strategies in Health Professions Education
MED 640 Practicum in Assessment & Measurement in Health Professions Education
MED 650 Practicum in Research in Health Professions Education

Admissions Requirements

The program evaluates the overall quality of its applicants, looking at prior academic achievement, personal motivation, knowledge of health care, and profession related experience. Specific criteria for admission are as follows:

  • Proof of a undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Application Procedures

The Office of Admissions processes applications on a year-round basis. Students are admitted to begin studies during the fall, winter or summer semester.  To be considered for admissions, all applicants must:

  • submit a completed online application with a  nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • submit official transcripts of graduate, and/or professional education
  • provide one letter of recommendation from a professional reference

Please mail all supplemental admissions material to:
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Master of Science in Medical Education Program
3301 College Avenue
PO Box 29900
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Upon receipt of the completed application and required material, the Admissions Committee will review the applicant’s file and make recommendations to the program director. The director submits recommendations for admission to the dean. The final decision on admission is made by the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Should you have any questions, please email csaunders@nova.edu or call 239-274-6965.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

A non-degree seeking student is one who wishes to take courses in the Master of Science in Medical Education Program, but does not intend to pursue the master’s degree at the time of application. The non-degree seeking student must provide the following admissions requirements in order to take classes in the Master of Science in Medical Education Program:

• completed online application form with nonrefundable application fee of $50
• official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and  professional education

Non-degree seeking students are not guaranteed future acceptance into the Master of Science in Medical Education Program. Non-degree seeking students can enroll in a maximum of 3 courses or 18 credit hours. 

Non-degree seeking students who wish to become degree seeking must apply to the MSMEd program as a new student and meet all the requirements for admission. If accepted into the degree program, courses/credits that were taken as a non-degree seeking student will be automatically applied toward the degree.  

Transfer of Credits

No transfer credits from coursework completed at another institution will be accepted in this program. 

Term Dates 

Winter: 1/9/2017 – 4/23/2017 

Summer: 5/8/2017 – 7/30/2017

Fall: 8/21/17 - 12/3/2017

Application Dates

Fall: Opens 08/02/2016     Closes 08/01/2017

Spring: Opens 12/16/2016    Closes 12/15/2017

Summer: Opens 04/16/2016   Closes 04/15/2018

Tuition is $575 per credit hour at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Each course within the program is 6 credits. An NSU student services fee of $1,350 and a Health Professions Division student access fee of $145 are required annually. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. 

Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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