Master of Science in Health Science

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AN APPLICANT MUST POSESS:

  • Completed online application
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; 3.0 GPA on upper-division degree-related courses

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit the following:

  1. Online Application
    • The statement of professional goals, on the application, should include current intellectual and professional interests and personal motivations as to why the student is applying to the degree program
    • Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.
  1. One letter of recommendation
    • The recommendations are ideally from a former or current supervisor or professional colleague who is able to comment on your ability to apply evidence in practice
  1. Official transcripts from each prior graduate institution from which a degree was earned
  2. $50 Non-refundable application fee

Admissions Disclosures:

 

1. Admission is limited and selective. All completed applications will be considered for admission. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education.

2. Application materials can be emailed or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed. Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

3. Full Disclosure Requirement: Incomplete or falsified admission information constitutes grounds for a refusal to admit or immediate dismissal, loss of credit, and forfeiture of all tuition and fees paid.

4. Confidentiality: Admissions materials received by the University are kept in strict confidence. Once the application materials are received, these materials are the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant. All applicant materials are kept for one year following receipt if the applicant does not enroll.

Tuition

ProgramSemestersCost Per CreditMinimum CreditsTotal TuitionOther Program Specific FeesVarious Lab, Equiptment & Association Fees throughout the programUniversity Resource Fee (per semester)Additional InformationProgram Requirments
Master'sMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Five or Six Semesters (20 - 24 months depending on curriculum choice)$69030$20,700

Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $2070

Thesis Commitee Fee $1050

$32 per credit
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96750$48,350*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-PMHNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96759$57,053*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-FNP/PMHNP)Six Semesters (24 months)$96777$74,459*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP/ENP)Six Semesters (24 months)$1,03465$67,210

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3,000

$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

Master'sMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Seven Semesters (28 months)$1,017114$115,938$9,819$32 per credit*

*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.

Please refer to the MPAS program’s Program Costs policy for full details on tuition, fees, and other expenses.

Master'sMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP)Six Semesters (24 months)$99080$79,200$2,956$32 per credit

Always refer to your curriculum schedule for the most up-to-date tuition payment schedule.

Students choose elective courses, with variable credit loads. At least 6 elective credits required.

Master'sMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)/Master of Science in School Counseling (SC)Seven Semesters (28 months)$70560$42,300Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$32 per credit

*Program requires student to complete 2 elective courses (6 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Dual‐degree program option exists: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters of Science in School Counseling. This dual-degree option requires student to complete an additional 12 credits (72 credits total). This extends the program to 9 semesters or 36 months.

*Dual‐degree program requires student to complete 1 elective course (3 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Master'sMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP)Six Semesters (24 months)$69033$22,770$32 per credit

*5 additional credits consist of HLA 620 (3 credits), ATH 720L (1 credit), ATH 730L (1 credit), which have variable timing.

The Healthcare Leadership course – HLA 620 (3 credits) can be taken in any semester. The lab courses ‐ ATH 720L & ATH 730L (1 credit each) – need to be taken during an on-site summer immersion session. Students can choose which summer immersion session they attend, and only need to attend one session to complete their course of study.

DoctoralDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Four or Five Semesters (16 - 20 months depending on curriculum choice)$76936$27,684Course Fee for HLA 620* $100$32 per credit

*Students that select the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will have a course fee of $100 for the HLA 620 course which will be used to purchase a validated emotional intelligence assessment report.

Students in the DMSc program (regardless of concentration track) choose between two curriculum models to complete the 36 credit hours: the Integrated Model and the Phased Model. Both curriculum models are designed so PA clinicians, educators, and administrators can continue professional work obligations while completing this degree. In the Integrated Model, students complete the practicum and applied scholarly project courses concurrently with the other didactic courses. Students may complete the Integrated Model in as little as four semesters. In the Phased Model, students complete the didactic courses before completing the practicum and applied scholarly project courses. Students may complete the Phased Model in as little as five semesters.

PAs with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree may enroll in the DMSc program and will be required to successfully complete the following additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

DoctoralDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Five Semesters (20 months)$96747$45,449Scholarly Project Fee (to be applied in semester 5 when completing project) $2000$32 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner (FNPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Four Semesters (16 months)$96730$29,010*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateEmergency Nurse Practitioner (ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Three Semesters (12 months)$1,17315$17,595*ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000$32 per credit*ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNPC/ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Five Semesters (20 months)$1,03445$46,530

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000

$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit).

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

CertificatePsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health)Four Semesters (16 months)$96739$37,713*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$32 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

DoctoralDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Eight Semesters (32 months)$861129$111,069$1,805$32 per credit*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.
DoctoralDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesNine Didactic Semesters and minimum of Three Dissertation Semesters (48 months)$94470$66,080Dissertation Committee Fee $3000$32 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Four Semesters (16 months)$92630$27,780$32 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Seven Semesters (28 months)$97740$39,080Capstone Fee (for two committee members) $2360$32 per credit
DoctoralTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Three or Four Semesters (12 - 16 months depending on curriculum choice)$94824$22,752$32 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner Certificate/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNPC/PMHNPC)Five Semesters (20 months)$96757$55,119*Lab Fee(to be applied in semester 1) $1000$32 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateHealthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate (HLA)$43012$5,160$32 per credit
CertificateHealthcare Professions Education Certificate (HPE)$43012$5,160$32 per credit
CertificateEmergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate (EPCAT)$43010$4,300$32 per credit
CertificateHealth & Wellness Coaching Certificate (HWC)$4309$3,870$32 per credit
CertificatePost‐Professional Occupational Therapy Certificates$5009$4,500$32 per credit
CertificatePsychiatry Certificate (for PA clinicians)$43015$6,450$32 per credit
CertificateMental Health Couseling Certificate & School Counseling Certificate (MHCC)(SCC)$70515$10,575Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$32 per credit

Mental Health Counseling Certificate

Mental Health Counseling: (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits required)Credits
CO 650 Mental Health Care Systems3
CO 671 Internship A - Mental Health3
CO 672 Internship B - Mental Health3
Mental Health Counseling Course Total:6-9
Determined Courses: (2-3 Courses; 6-9 credits required)
Deficit courses; based on transcript review and license requirements.6-9
Determined/Deficit Course Total:6-9
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program

School Counseling Certificate

School Counseling Courses: (4 courses, 12 credits required)Credits
CO 640 Foundation of School Counseling3
CO 641 School Services, Administration & Evaluation3
CO 642 Counseling Interventions for Student Success3
CO 655 Field Work in Counseling3
School Counseling Course Total:12
School Internship Courses: (1 Course; 3 credits required)
CO 673 Internship A - School Counseling3
CO 674 Internship B - School Counseling3
School Internship Course Total:3-6
Optional Courses:
Deficit courses; based on transcript reviewAs needed
Optional Course Total:As needed
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program
CertificateFunctional Nutrition Certificate (FNC)$43012$5,160$32 per credit

FAQs

How long is the program?

The program is 5 to 6 semesters depending on if you choose the thesis or capstone option at the end of the program. The capstone project is completed and defended during the fifth semester, and the master’s thesis is completed over the fifth and sixth semesters of the program. The oral defense of the capstone can be completed online or onsite. The oral defense of the thesis must be completed onsite.

Do I have to come on campus during the program?

No, this program is completely online. However, if you choose the thesis option, one on-campus visit is required at the end of the program to defend your thesis.

Can this degree lead to the PhD in Health Sciences?

Yes! This program can bridge into our PhD program.

Is there certification/licensure given at the end of the program?

The Health & Wellness Coaching track prepares students for the National Board Certification Exam to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. None of the other tracks lead to certification/licensure.

Is the GRE required?

No, you do not need to take the GRE to apply for our MSHS program.

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION

The National Strength and Conditioning Association officially recognizes Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Graduate Studies Program for successfully meeting established criteria.

NBHWC Approval

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions has achieved “Approval Status” from the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), which means that students who complete the 3-course sequence below, are eligible to sit for the exam to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.

  1. Successfully complete the courses, WE623, WE710, and WE711 including all synchronous hours.
  2. Pass the Coaching Practical Examination at the end of WE711
  3. Complete any other requirements set forth by the NBHWC, which currently includes, completion and documentation of 50 coaching sessions after passing the practical exam in WE711,  and paying the application/exam fees.
  4. As NBHWC requirements are subject to change, students should refer to the website, https://nbhwc.org/hwc-certifying-examination-application/ for the most updated information.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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