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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, leadership, communication, research, and technology in education. Each required course is designed to engage 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 Dr. Kiran C. Patel 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 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) offers a Master of Science in Medical Education (MSMed) program. This 30 credit hour online degree program is designed to help health professionals 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 10 required courses to cover:

  • assessment & evaluation
  • educational methodologies
  • research
  • technology in education  
  • leadership
  • communication
  • mentoring
  • ethics and health law

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.

Courses: Credit Hours:
Teaching Medical and Other Health Professions Students in a Diverse Learning Environment 3
Technology Resources for Health Professions Education 3
Effective Instruction Strategies in Health Professions Education 3
Assessment and Measurement in Health Professions Education 3
Research in Health Professions Education 3
Transformative Leadership and Organizational Change in Health Professions Education 3
Instructional Design and Presentation for Health Educators 3
Professional Ethics and Health Law 3
Foundations of Mentoring for Health Educators 3
Effective Interpersonal Communication and Collaboration in a Health Professions Environment 3

Master of Science in Medical 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 relates experience. Specific criteria for admission are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum preferred cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0-point system from a regionally accredited institution.
  • In the event that a student is accepted with a GPA lower than the preferred, a student may be required to interview. To be considered for acceptance, the applicant must participate in an interview, if one is requested. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of admission.

Applicants must provide the following information

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

  • A completed application, along with a $50, nonrefundable application fee (online application at
  • Proof of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts of all coursework attempted by the applicant at all colleges and universities. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for all transcripts to be sent. A final transcript of all the applicant’s work up to the time of matriculation must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional reference.
  • A resume or curriculum vita.

Proof of all coursework from international institution(s), if applicant attended or is a graduate of any international institutions.

Courses completed at foreign institutions must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)-approved foreign credential evaluation service. For a listing of agencies, visit NACES.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services.

The applicant who has graduated from a college or university in a country where English is not the primary language, regardless of United States residency status, must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 using the paper based test or a score of 79 on the internet based version or a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0. An official set of TOEFL scores must be sent to NSU directly from the Educational Testing Service. An applicant who took the IELTS, must contact the center where the examination was given and request that an official set of scores be sent directly to NSU.

International students are encouraged to visit the Office of International Affairs for requirements to obtain an I-20 or contact the office by telephone at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240 for additional assistance.

Please mail all supplemental admissions material to:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
Master of Science in Medical Education Program
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33314-9905

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 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM). Should you have any questions, please email Christy Saunders 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
  • proof of all coursework from international institution(s), if applicant attended or is a graduate of any international institutions

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 6 courses or 18 credit hours.

Non-degree seeking students who wish to become degree seeking must apply to the Master of Science in Medical Education 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

Applicants or enrollees of the NSU-KPCOM Master of Science in Medical Education program may petition for a transfer of a maximum of 6 credit hours toward their degree from a regionally accredited institution for degree-seeking students. Credits will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content, and rigor to those within the M.S. in Medical Education program.

2021-2022 Dates

Winter 2021 – Term 1




Winter 2021 – Term 2




Summer 2021 – Term 1




Summer 2021 – Term 2




Fall 2021 – Term 1




Fall 2021 – Term 2




KPCOM-Student Handbook

Add/Drop/Withdraw Policy

Week one of term – drop/add – 100 percent refund (Deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. at the end of the first week of classes.)
Week two of term – withdraw only – 75 percent refund
Week three of term through three weeks left in the term – withdraw only – no refund
Last three weeks of the term – no withdraws allowed

Student Transaction Form

Tuition is $605 per credit hour at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. Each course within the program is 3 credits. An NSU student services fee of $1,500 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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