Health Sciences Doctorate in Downers Grove
The College of Health Sciences Doctor of Health Science degree program considers for admission those students who possess the academic and professional promise necessary for development as leaders, advocates and advanced practitioners within the healthcare community. To select these candidates, a competitive admissions framework has been established. Within this competitive admissions framework, multiple criteria are used to select the most qualified candidates.
The Doctor of Health Sciences degree program operates on a rolling admissions basis in which completed applications are reviewed throughout the admissions cycle to determine applicant eligibility for interviews. Admission decisions are generally made within one to two weeks of the interview.
The Doctor of Health Sciences (DHS) degree is a part-time program designed for working health professionals. The degree is intended for licensed health professionals who wish to enter academia, pursue areas of clinical research, or gain extensive knowledge and skills in a pediatric or geriatrics. Evening and weekend coursework combined with independent study enable students to complete degree requirements on a part-time basis while they maintain full-time employment. Students taking 8 credits per quarter can complete the degree in 2.5 years. Students taking 4 credits per quarter would require 4.5 years.
International applicants must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.
Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the US or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:
International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.
For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.
A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
1. Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.
2. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently and sensitively in both oral and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.
3. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular movements, maintain equilibrium and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks.
4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the CHS Dean and Program Director, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College(/Program) would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College(/Program) is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their program.
Please Note: Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address. All application withdrawal requests must be made in writing via e-mail, fax, or letter to:
Office of Admissions
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
If after reviewing the completed admissions file the applicant is considered eligible for an interview, the applicant is notified of available interview dates and invited by the Office of Admissions to schedule an on-campus interview.
A typical interview day involves participation in the following activities, which are coordinated by the Office of Admissions: an interview with at least one DHS faculty member and an opportunity to meet with an admissions counselor and the financial aid office.
During each interview session, the interviewer questions the applicants about their academic, personal, and professional aspirations and preparedness for admission, and rate(s) prospective students on a standardized evaluation form. These evaluations are included in applicant files provided to the Doctor of Health Science Admissions Committee. The Doctor of Health Science Admissions Committee meets periodically to review the completed application files of applicants who have been interviewed and then formulates and submits recommendations to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants in writing of the admissions committee's decisions.
The matriculation process begins after applicants receive notification of their acceptance into the Doctor of Health Science degree program. Students must return both a signed matriculation agreement and deposit to the Office of Admissions. Students must also:
Students who either fail to satisfy the above matriculation requirements or omit or falsify information required on official admissions documents automatically forfeit their seat. Any individual accepted for admission into the Doctor of Health Science degree program of the College of Health Sciences who does not comply with stated timelines for submission of all required materials will not receive further notification from College of Health Sciences regarding forfeiture of his/her seat.