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Post-Master's Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) Health Professions Education

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am interested in the C.A.G.S. Health Profession Education program. What type of academic and professional background must I have?
  2. I am an international student in the U.S. but not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, may I apply to this program?
  3. What value does this certificate have? What will I be qualified to do with this certificate?
  4. What is required of me to participate in this program?
  5. What does the curriculum include?
  6. I work full time. Will I be able to fit the coursework into my schedule?
  7. How long can I expect it to take to complete this certificate program?
  8. Are courses in this certificate program offered for continuing education credits for health professionals?
  9. How many courses will I be able to take in one semester?
  10. Will courses be offered during the summer?
  11. Will courses be offered in a particular sequence? Can I start this program in any semester?
  12. Will I have to do a teaching practicum?
  13. Can I arrange my teaching practicum where I am living or working?
  14. What are some examples of the practicum experience?
  15. Can I take the practicum at any time in the program?
  16. If I am already teaching, can I waive the practicum requirement?
  17. When can I apply?
  18. How do I apply?
  19. Are standardized tests required for admission?
  20. What are the admission criteria?
  21. When will I know about my admission status?
  22. May I take one of the certificate classes as a non-degree student and then apply later if I like the program?
  23. What is the cost of the program?
  24. Who can I speak to if I have questions about the program?

  1. I am interested in the C.A.G.S. Health Profession Education program. What type of academic and professional background must I have?

    Candidates must hold a master's degree or higher academic degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or univeristy or overseas post-secondary institution which is recognized by the Ministry of Education, in the home country. Individuals with master's degrees in nursing, nutrition, physical therapy or other health related disciplines or social work would be eligible to apply to this program.. Professional experience within the past three years is encouraged.

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  2. I am an international student in the U.S. but not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien, may I apply to this program?

    According to U.S. immigration policy, if you require a student visa (F-1), you must be accepted to an academic program and be enrolled full time. This program is part time. Immigration rules also stipulate that any international student in the U.S with a student visa may only take one online course per semester. The program requires students to complete a certain curriculum in a specific sequence and three online courses must be completed in the first two semesters. Thus, F-1 visa holders are not eligible for this program.Non-degree status is also not possible. H visa holders are considered on a case-by-case basis. Call the Office of Admission at 617-521-2651 to determine if you can apply.

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  3. What value does this certificate have? What will I be qualified to do with this certificate?

    This certificate program will prepare you for a faculty position at the higher education level or a position as a health educator within a health care arena. The core foundation of this program will emphasize issues and trends in higher education as well as specific teaching strategies.

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  4. What is required of me to participate in this program?

    If admitted, you will need to possess or have access to a computer and the Internet with at least a 56K modem. You should be comfortable with the use of email, word processing, and internet searches. Self-motivation and working independently are key factors. To determine if your learning style is compatible with online learning. Please see our online learning tips.

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  5. What does the curriculum include?

    The program consists of 7 courses, totaling 16 credit hours. The curriculum includes six didactic courses and one practicum. All courses are taught online. The practicum can be arranged on an individual basis with a Simmons faculty and an appropriate preceptor.

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  6. I work full time. Will I be able to fit the coursework into my schedule?

    Yes, all courses are offered online so you will be able to fulfill the course requirements as they fit your schedule.

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  7. How long can I expect it to take to complete this certificate program?

    The curriculum is designed to be completed in one calendar year .The curriculum is part time. However, international students who require an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. must be enrolled in a full-time program,and thus are not eligible to apply to this program.

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  8. Are courses in this certificate program offered for continuing education credits for health professionals?

    Currently these courses are only offered as a formal certificate program.

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  9. How many courses will I be able to take in one semester?

    You will be able to take up to 3 courses each semester.

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  10. Will courses be offered during the summer?

    Only the clinical practicum is offered in the summer semester.

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  11. Will courses be offered in a particular sequence? Can I start this program in any semester?

    Courses will be offered in sequence so entry to the program is preferred for September. However, a January entry is available but will require the candidate to work with his/her advisor to take courses in a different order.

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  12. Will I have to do a teaching practicum?

    Yes, all students must complete a 4 credit practicum course. Supervised application of teaching principles is an essential component of this program,but this may also be accomplished through an educational project appropriate to the students' experience and needs.

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  13. Can I arrange my teaching practicum where I am living or working?

    Yes, you will be able to complete the practicum requirement at your present location. You and your advisor will select an appropriate faculty mentor to guide you through this experience. All mentors must be approved by the Simmons College faculty.

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  14. What are some examples of the practicum experience?

    You can arrange to work with a faculty mentor at an accredited higher education institution at the graduate or undergraduate level. The practicum may include clinical supervision,classroom teaching or an educational project based on the student's experience and educational needs.You could work with the Director of Continuing Education or with the Director of Staff education at a hospital or college in your area.

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  15. Can I take the practicum at any time in the program?

    No, certain courses are prerequisite to the practicum experience. If you have completed the prerequisite courses, the practicum can be arranged for spring or summer session.

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  16. If I am already teaching, can I waive the practicum requirement?

    If you have prior teaching experience, your faculty advisor will work with you to see if you can work with an appropriate preceptor to provide an educational experience that will increase your expertise.

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  17. When can I apply?

    For September entry,the application deadline is June 1; for January entry, the application deadline is November 1.

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  18. How do I apply?

    You must complete and submit the electronic application and supporting paper materials by the application deadline date. There is no guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered.

    Since there are six admission offices at Simmons,do not address or send materials simply to Admission Office, Simmons College, as your information could remain in the wrong office for some time.Official academic transcripts for all courses and degrees completed and all recommendations must be sent directly to:

    School of Nursing and Health Sciences
    Office of Admission
    Simmons College
    Room S332
    300 The Fenway
    Boston, MA 02115

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  19. Are standardized tests required for admission?

    The only standardized test score which must be submitted is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for candidates whose first language is not English. The requirement for TOEFL is based on native language, not citizenship. Official scores from the two years prior to the application deadline must be sent directly by the Education Testing Service (ETS) to the Office of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Student score reports or photo copies of official score reports from other institutions are not considered official. Allow ample time to register and take this exam as it takes 5-6 weeks for the paper score to be received by Simmons College. Minimum TOEFL scores for consideration: 600 (paper based), 230 (computer based), or 100 (internet based). The TOEFL is waived for applicants who have graduated at the bachelor's or master's level from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a post secondary institution abroad that is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country in English-speaking countries only. SNHS is unable to accept electronic test scores.

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  20. What are the admission criteria?

    Admission is based on several factors, including professional experience, previous academic performance (a 3.0 G.P.A. in undergraduate graduate study is required), and recommendations. Candidates must have a minimum of a master's degree in a health related area of study or in social work.

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  21. When will I know about my admission status?

    All decsion letters are sent after the application deadline. Accepted students who wish to enroll must submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit by the designated date to ensure a place in the class of a specific semester. Admission is for a particular start term and is not open-ended. If a student cannot start the program for the intended semester, it is imperative that the student request in writing to the Director of Admission of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences a deferral to start the program in another semester. However, if a student is accepted,deposits and enrolls but decides to stop the program to return at a later date, he/she must request/obtain a Leave of Absence from the Director of the program and the Dean of SNHS.

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  22. May I take one of the certificate classes as a non-degree student and then apply later if I like the program?

    No. Non-degree status is not available since this is a formal certificate program, based on a specific sequential curriculum. Students must formally apply for and be admitted to the program. Since an official certificate will be awarded upon completion of the prescribed curriculum, it is considered an academic credential and thus formal application and admission is required.

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  23. What is the cost of the program?

    The total cost of the program is $10,000.

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  24. Who can I speak to if I have questions about the program?

    Contact Dr. Arlene Lowenstein at arlene.lowenstein@simmons.edu.

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