Hear from three students of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law’s Master’s in Health Law and Policy programs, as they share their online student experience. You’ll find out why they chose the Hofstra Law and how they balance their schedule between classes and their personal lives.
Welcome everyone. Thank you for joining us this evening. We will get started in just a few moments. My name is Shirley Chan Belle, and I will be the moderator for tonight’s presentation. During this webcast, we will introduce you to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, the master’s in Health Law and Policy programs and take you through the online student experience. We are very excited to be joined today by three online students of the master’s in Health Law and Policy program – Bonita Hardwick, Donna Tenedios and Marielle Celicourt-Toussaint. Also joining us are Claudette Jones and Anne Smith, our enrollment advisors for the program, as well as Kim Gill from Student Support.
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Now that everyone is familiar with the presentation platform, let’s begin today’s webinar. Here is our agenda for this evening’s webinar. We will start with panel introductions, followed by an overview of Hofstra University’s master’s in Health Law and Policy programs and the curriculum. Next, we will hear from our student panelists about their online student experience. This will be followed by an overview from student services. Next, our enrollment advisors will walk us through the admission requirements. Finally, we will wrap up with the Q&A session. Please feel free to type in your questions into the chat box throughout the presentation. We will try to get to as many questions as we can tonight. If your question is not answered during the session, one of our enrollment advisors will follow up with you directly.
At this time, I would like to introduce Bonita Hardwick. Welcome Bonita.
Good evening everyone. I am Bonita Hardwick, I am in the LL.M program. I am the compliance officer of the health care system in Brooklyn, New York and I have had 22 years experience as an in-house counsel for health care institutions and I was very happy to find the Hofstra program – LL.M program.
Thank you, Bonita. I would like to introduce Donna Tenedios. Welcome Donna.
Thank you, Shirley. Hi everyone, my name is Donna Tenedios and I have had the privilege of working as a registered nurse for the last thirty years for a large hospital organization in Pennsylvania. My background is mainly in critical care – adult critical care nursing, including 20 years of flight nursing at a level one trauma center. For the last three years I have made the switch over to risk management for the same organization.
Thank you, Donna. I would like to introduce Marielle Celicourt-Toussaint. Welcome Marielle.
Hi everyone. My name is Marielle Celicourt-Toussaint. I’ve been a nurse for the last 20 years and a midwife for 18 years. As of now, I work in maternal childcare services as a champion nurse and a charge nurse with Northwell Health, but also I am responsible for continuing education and I am also a member of the Haitian Society of OB/GYN, as well as the Nurse Midwives Association in the Caribbean as well as Haiti, and also I am still the Vice President of the National Nurse Midwives Association in Haiti. I do do mission work still. When I do mission work I mostly coordinate and we have an exchange program with Illinois Medical School and a hospital in Haiti so I coordinate the OB/ GYN program for them
Thank You Marielle. I would also like to introduce our enrollment advisors Claudette Jones and Anne Smith, as well as the team lead for Student Services – Kim Gill. Welcome Claudette, Anne and Kim.
Thanks Shirley for such warm welcome. Hello everyone and thank you for attending our webinar today focusing on student experience. Just to introduce myself, as Shirley said I am one of the enrollment advisors for the online Master of Arts and Master of Laws in Health Law and Policy programs. I have over 10 years experience as an enrollment advisor. I am your first point of contact and my role is for you to receive one-on-one attention to provide information that will help you to determine if the program is a good fit for you
Hello everyone. This is Anne Smith. Again, welcome and thank you for joining us this evening. I’ve been an enrollment advisor for the online Master of Arts and LLM program since their inception. As an online student myself, my goal as your advisor is to make the transition back to school as easy for you as possible by providing you with the information you need and supporting you through the admissions process. Claudette and I are looking forward to connecting with you soon if we haven’t already.
And hello everyone. My name is Kim Gill and I work in Student Support Services and I am here to make sure that each student that comes through is successful. I fell in love with this role through a job ad and 13 years later, not only have I had the opportunity to be a student services professional and be for other professionals, but I’ve also had the opportunity to be an online student myself and to finish my degree online. So, I really come with a lot of experience about what it is to be an online student and a success coach for students who are doing their degree online.
So, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Hofstra University – a regionally-accredited institution that was founded in 1935. Our bricks and mortar campus is located in Hempstead, Long Island New York.
Hofstra is a private, non-sectarian co-educational school with more than 134,000 alumni. We are the only university to host three consecutive Presidential Debates in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Our Master of Arts and LL.M programs are offered through Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law, which we often refer to as Hofstra Law, in conjunction with the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy.
Hofstra Law is an American Bar Association – approved law school. The law school’s alumni base consists of more than 11,000 members in 49 states and 27 countries. What makes Hofstra different is that we believe in the value of an education steeped in legal theory as well as practical experience which I’m sure our current students will highlight for you a little bit later on. Now, I’m going to hand it over to Claudette to give you a brief program overview.
We offer two programs online – the Master of Laws is designed for lawyers. It requires a Juris Doctor or a Bachelors of Laws degree to qualify. It is designed for students interested in in-house counsel roles, high-level management of health care facility and for attorneys want to specialize in health law or take on more health care clients.
The Master of Arts in Health Law and Policy is meant for non-lawyers. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited institution. This program is designed to give the tools to be confident and well -versed on health law matters and influence policy change. It is the ideal choice for advanced practice nurses, health administrators, physicians, insurance professionals, health care social workers, community service managers, health service managers, compliance officers and many more. These programs are designed for working professionals. Courses are taken one at a time to give you the flexibility to balance work, life and education. The programs are a hundred percent online and offered asynchronously. These are accelerated courses, so each course is seven weeks long with a one-week break in between. Students are expected to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per week studying to be successful in the program. Our next available start date is August 28th. Now Anne will introduce the curriculum overview.
Thank you, Claudette. So, here you will see a list of courses that make up our fixed curriculum. The first two prerequisite courses – Intro to the American Legal System and Intro to Health Law are for the Master of Arts students only. These courses are designed to introduce non-lawyers to the creation, interpretation and application of the American lawmaking process, as well as examine a variety of legal problems arising out of the American health care system. Since most of our M.A population does not have legal experience, these courses will give you confidence in your understanding of how the legal system works and allow you to become familiar with the language of law in order to successfully grasp the concepts in the core curriculum.
Moving into the core curriculum, Medicare and Medicaid Law is an overview of the two most important government-funded health care programs. Students will review its history, purpose, expectation and evolution.
Bioethics and the Law explores contemporary problems involving law, medicine and ethics such as patients’ rights, responsibilities of physicians and the interests of society.
Laws of Medical Product Discovery, Development, and Commercialization explores the influence of law and regulation in the United States and other jurisdictions on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
Business Transactions in Health Care explores several of the most prevalent commercial business transactions in the health care industry today including partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.
Public Health Law Policy and ethics will focus on the application of law to public health and on the ethical parameters of that application.
This next course is designed to teach the skills necessary for analyzing statutes and regulations to extract and interpret legal rules and policies.
Representing Health Care Providers is intended to acquaint students with the wide variety of federal and state legal and regulatory issues which health care attorneys encounter in day-to-day practice.
Healthcare Compliance explores topics such as data privacy and security, state regulation using New York State and California as models, and creating a culture of compliance within any health care related organization.
The final course our students take is a capstone course. This is a 14-week, five-credit course. The first half is spent summarizing and reinforcing the concepts learned throughout the program and then the focus will shift to identifying problems encountered in the health care system and formulating solutions to such problems in the form of a capstone project.
Detailed course descriptions can be found in the program brochure which can be accessed through the website or by link in any email sent to you by the program, Claudette, or myself.
Thank you, Anne and Claudette for providing an overview of Hofstra University and the master’s in Health Law and Policy program. Now I would like to start the student experience discussion with the student panelists.
Bonita, why did you select Hofstra Law for this program?
I was very interested in obtaining an LL.M. in Health Law since I graduated from law school over 20 years ago. Trying to find program which would fit into my schedule between being a mother, working full-time and then trying to attend a class – very difficult. There weren’t a lot of online classes when I graduated many years ago. When Hofstra rolled out this course, I looked at the course curriculum because it was an online course, I felt it worked very well with my schedule. Hofstra Law School also has an excellent reputation, and I really felt between the online experience and Hofstra’s reputation, it was a perfect program for me.
Thank you, Bonita. Donna why did you select Hofstra Law for this program?
I looked at several programs before choosing Hofstra. The other programs were more in line with the Master’s in Jurisprudence, which really didn’t pique my interest as being pertinent to my current occupation as risk coordinator. Hofstra’s online course and description related best to my current occupation. I was also attracted to the timeframe allowable for completion and the pace of the course. One course ever over seven weeks. This was especially attractive to me given a full-time status job and then allowance of time with my family.
Thank You Donna. Marielle, why did you select Hofstra law for this program?
Thank you, Shirley for the question. Without it a doubt, Hofstra is among the best schools in New York or in the United States in general. However, this is not the main reason I chose of Hofstra. I do believe that to succeed, it’s a group effort primarily the students. Nonetheless, the academic environment plays a major role and that’s what Hofstra is about. According to the former students I had spoken to, and that’s what made Hofstra stand out. I must add from the time I established the first contact with my admission advisor, the support and assistance received from the Hofstra Law family went beyond my expectation.
Thank you, Marielle. Donna, what was the biggest adjustment to starting the master’s program?
For me the biggest adjustment was actually conducting all my work on the computer and becoming familiar with the computer programs utilized by Hofstra. I am NOT a computer techie person. I have reached out to Hofstra’s IT department quite often and they’re amazing. They’re very patient, they’re supportive and they are extremely competent.
Thank you, Donna. Marielle, what was the biggest adjustment to starting the master’s program for you?
I guess like many other students, time management was and still stay the biggest adjustment for me. I must say that it has become easier over time due to the inside entire support system that I have now to my professors and advisors, they helped me a lot in identifying and make good use of my strengths.
Bonita, what was the biggest adjustment of starting the master’s program for you?
Well, I’m going to agree with the lady from before – time management. But the other thing is actually being dedicated. Setting time aside to dedicate to doing the actual work. You work so many hours in a day, you have to figure out when is the best time for you to study. You may think you know that when you start the program, but if you are working full time your days may vary so what you have to find is what works best for your schedule and that was a big adjustment for me.
Thank you, Bonita. Marielle, how has the faculty and administration helped with the transition?
Frankly Shirley, I’m going to try not to appear biased in any way but like I said earlier, my advisors, my professors, as well as the Dean’s Office assistance are simply outstanding in lack of more appropriate term. I am going to give you an example. Just recently, last month I found myself in a very difficult situation, when it comes to school. Everything I did just was not working. Kim is probably smiling right now because she was really a great help to me. Finally, I decided and I said to Kim, my advisor, that it was obviously not meant to be, since I try so many time, I try so hard and I was not getting any result and I told her pointblank that I was quitting the program.
Kim kindly but firmly told me that I couldn’t quit because “I’m not ready to give up on you”. That’s what she said. And she did not just SAY that. She spent days. She worked tirelessly with me. She left her office hours after her regular schedule, and then she knocked on every door and she used all the resources available. The Dean’s Office also got actively involved until together with me, with them, as a team we found a very satisfactory solution. Here I am now today, more optimistic than ever before just because I’m well aware of the team that I have working with me and for me. So, really thank you Kim and thank you everyone.
Thank you, Marielle. Bonita, how has the faculty and administration helped with your transition?
The faculty and administration have been very open to suggestions from our class and our students, my fellow classmates. As a member of the first class, I feel like we were some of the guinea pigs who went through a lot of the pain as this program developed. One of the things was there were a times when we looked at our class schedule and it looked like there was so much reading and so much work, and some of us got so frustrated because we were all working lawyers. What happened is as we reached out to Professor Colombo and some of the professors, they would listen to us and they would adjust what some of the requirements were – the reading requirements were – because they realized we actually were working lawyers and we don’t necessarily have the amount of time to read a lot of the work and a lot of the readings were redundant. So, they were willing to listen to us and let us express our frustration and make modifications to the program as we went along.
That’s great. Donna, how has the faculty and administration helped with your transition?
I have to emphasize what Marielle and Bonita have both said. Simply put, the administration and faculty want the student to succeed. I have recognized this from the first introduction with admissions with Claudette and Anne, and it continues on through my advisor Kim, along with the other faculty members that I have had the pleasure of their instructions. Their guidance, their understanding of the mature student and acceptance has just been unending.
And Donna, could you please describe your online learning experience with Hofstra law?
Sure. I think each individual needs to decide if online learning is the method that would work for him or her. I found Hofstra’s online learning program beneficial to my schedule and my lifestyle. Hofstra’s online learning interaction doesn’t just take place between the professor and the student. Students may interact with each other through emails and discussion boards and then Hofstra’s resources for online learning are just abundant.
Thank you, Donna. Marielle, how has it been balancing your schedule between classes in your personal life?
Shirley, like everyone else mentioned, balancing schedule when you work full-time, you have a family life is no easy task. Nevertheless, I have an unusual method. What I do, I just make use of every single person involved in my life to the best of my ability. No matter how old they are or which aspect of my life that they are associated with. I find that they all contribute in maintaining a stable balance in my overall schedule.
Thank you, Marielle. Bonita, how do you handle group work that is required in certain courses?
Well, we’re a very small class and we use Google Docs for some things. We certainly participate in ZOOM sessions where we all get to interact online live and we’ve set up a mechanism where we could text each other or call each other or just email each other to get our work products done.
Thank you and Bonita in terms of coursework what is your average day or week like? How many hours per week do you dedicate your coursework?
I think I dedicate probably a total of about 20 hours a week. I can’t say it’s how many hours I dedicate a day because sometimes it depends on the topic, how familiar I am with the topic that we’re discussing, or what my work week is like. There may be times when I really intend to do something that night but if something goes wrong at work and I’m spending more time at work, I have to adjust my schedule but I still have to meet the deadlines that are required in our program syllabus.
Thank you Bonita. Donna what is your average day or week like?
I have to agree with Bonita. Usually my hours per day that I spend working depends on when my assignment is due. So, on an average. I would say I spend about two to three hours a day maybe more if the assignment is a little bit harder, and on a weekly average I spend about 15 to 17 hours a week.
Thank You Donna and Marielle, what is your average day or week like?
My answer is going to seems quite unusual but I am sure that I am not the first neither the last student to employ unorthodox technique in order to get that schoolwork done. I can’t really say because it is varied from one day to another like for my fellow students, but I try to allocate a daily three hours for school with in for school-related matters. However, I do include schoolwork in every aspect of my daily routine as much as possible. For example, at work on my free time instead of discussing frivolous subjects with my co-workers, if I’m on my assignment, since we’re all in health care, I’ll pick their brain on the week assignment, so at the end of the day when I get home or at the end of the week the skeleton of the assigned work is already forged in my mind, so all I have to do at this time is to completely do it.
Thank you, Marielle. Donna why is online learning right for you?
Well like I said earlier, I think everybody has to decide for himself or herself if online learning works for them. It fits my personality, and especially my schedule, and I just favor working independently.
Thank you Donna. Bonita, now why is online learning right for you?
I’m going to agree with Donna that it really works for my schedule, but the other thing it does is because of my ability to be self-disciplined, I have a lot of flexibility doing what works for me as opposed to attending a nightly class where I may not be able to make that class and I may not be able to participate in the same manner in which I would like to. Whereas in online learning you can do that and you can do it from wherever you are in the world as long as you have Wi-Fi access.
Thank you Bonita. And Marielle, why is online learning right for you?
Shirley, I used to say I will never be an online student and that online learning was just not for me. Today, I am probably one of the most servant ambassadors there is for online scholar. I will provide a few reasons for my change of mind. Like I mentioned before, I’m a single parent and I work full-time. I come from a very big family and my parents as well as my siblings they do rely on me and they are not geographically close. Besides that, my work sends me overseas a lot so the online setting allows me to continue leading that life while applying myself to which my personal and professional goals which is earning my degree and be the best I can possibly be in my field of work. For instance, I get to take finals while cruising with my family or while helping the less fortunate in some foreign country that you probably never even heard of. Wherever my life takes me, wherever my family takes me, I just carry my classroom with me and I get everything done.
Thank you, Marielle. Donna what advice do you have for students considering this program?
I guess just to realize that the coursework for seven weeks on with one week off and this goes for two years is quite a commitment – and to me that that was intimidating. But, I have to say that now actually, I’m involved in the courses and the process is moving along, I’m learning so much that it’s so enjoyable it’s not as intimidating as it was first for me.
Thank you, Donna. Marielle, what advice do you have for students considering this program?
Shirley I’m going to quote someone for my church who said a few weeks, a few Sundays ago, that if you have to go to school, no matter how old you are, if you want to do something just do it. Because for example, if you want to earn a master’s, you might as well start now because two years – either you want it or not either you do it or not, two years are going to pass by anyway. You might as well do something in those two years. So, I will tell anybody who is considering this program, do not hesitate. Jump, and once you jump, the entire Hofstra Law community is ready to catch you. Me personally, I joined this program because of my desire to make changes, but I did find a good supportive system to help me and that support system will be also there to help whoever wants to start this program.
Thank you, Marielle. Bonita, what advice do you have for students considering this program?
I think that a student has to ask themselves how dedicated they really want to be and how disciplined they are for independent learning. Because although you do have some interaction with your professors online, a lot of what you’re doing is almost like an independent study project. if you are not disciplined, if you’re not good with time management, you really have to think twice. But it is an amazing, amazing program and don’t be intimidated by the fact that you do have to be disciplined. I think it’s something that’s well worth doing.
Thank you, Bonita. Marielle, can you give us a specific example of when you used learnings from a course in a work situation?
Through the program, I learn so much. It’s been only three classes so far, but like Claudette or Anne mentioned, it is it an accelerated program and we learn a lot. So, this program goes beyond the teaching of law or health care policy. Many changes are being implemented at work in my department just because we have new leadership, but also because we have a lot of new upgrades that we don’t make. This is the constant source for conflict. Through the program, I got more prepared for situation assessment and conflict solving. Right now, I appear to be the voice of reason in many senstitive situations for my coworkers as well as my managers. As a result, they use me a lot to champion new projects and also in peer reviews with my co-workers where I can mention the… we monitor performance because of the knowledge that I acquired with legal analysis and reasoning in Introduction to the American Legal System with Professor Columbo and also through health law class.
Thank you, Marielle. Bonita, can you give a specific example of when you used learnings from a course in a work situation?
Absolutely. You know I’m a hospital compliance officer. When we had to take Health Care Compliance, I thought “I’ve been doing compliance for so long what can I learn?”. Well, what I learned is that I didn’t know all I needed to know about research compliance. And after going through completing the research compliance module of our class I went back and took a good look at our institutional review board to see whether we were in compliance with a lot of the intricacies of the research regulations – research compliance regulation, and my institution has been able to revamp our IRB based on some of the things I learned in the health care compliance course.
That’s great. Donna, can you give an example of when you used learnings from a course in a work situation?
Actually, yes. I sit in a lot of meetings for risk management in which contributions of ideas are important and even expected and I have a better understanding through the course material that I have learned so far to interact with confidence regarding these issues. Just recently I assisted the development of an RCA which is a root cause analysis. I worked very closely with the director of our department in attempts to solve a system-wide issue. This implementation continues, but it was through the research of tort reform in Professor Richman’s class that I was able to apply the concept of the RCA which is a product of risk management and the importance it plays in tort reform.
Thank you, Donna. Bonita, how has your organization benefited from you taking this program?
You know, I’ve taken for granted, and I think the institution has taken for granted that, working for clients for so long, I knew all of the regulations that needed to be known on a day to day basis. What we learned is that there were a lot of intricacies that I wasn’t looking at when I was looking at compliance as an in-house person. I’ve learned to look at compliance not just from the in-house perspective but also to look at how people who are not working in-house tend to look at the same situations so that I could readjust my thinking on some issues.
Thank you, Bonita. Donna, how has your organization supported you as a student?
I would say my biggest support is the closest level manager that I have. She’s been very supportive, very inquisitive, we talked about what I just happened to be learning that week in the course. Otherwise, the other support that I actually receive is – I do receive some financial reimbursement from our organization upon completion of the courses.
Thank you, Donna. Marielle, how has your organization supported you as a student?
Northwell helps support me on many level and also that support presents in different forms. Primarily since time management is one is one of my biggest challenge, they help adapting my work schedule with my school as much as possible. There is also the financial incentives since we get reimbursed about 25% of the course of the program. However, it is the pride that I hear in my manager’s voice or see in my co-worker’s eyes, my manager’s eyes whenever they inquire about my progress no matter how little. That’s what keeps me going in moment of dilemma with the program.
Thank you. Thank you, Bonita, Donna and Marielle, for sharing your experience as a student. I am certain that your perspectives are very helpful for our audience. Now I’d like to turn the presentation over to Kim to talk about student services.
Good evening everyone. I just wanted to introduce my role as the student services advisor just to support you should you choose to embark on this journey for the next two years, or up to two years. So, I am available to students in the same way that they would have walked into a campus office and spoken with a live person. My phone and my email become like virtual doorways for you to access answers to any of your non-academic questions and for you to receive the success planning, advising and coaching that we have available to you.
Oftentimes I will have an answer because it’s a program that’s been running for a while and I have those answers, or I may go away and get the answer, and bring it back to you or I can plug you into a resource I know has that answer for you. And that eliminates some of the wonder that you may have about what it would be like to be an online student – “How do I deal with an issue if I’m not physically located on the campus?”, and that’s how you would deal with it. You just come through me and I will either have that answer or help you to get it.
Additionally, in terms of success planning, advising and coaching, we really recognize that people are coming in from various walks of life. You may have not been in school for 10 years or 20 years, or I have an elderly student who hasn’t been in school for a very, very long time. It could be that you are needing to brush up on your writing, or on your APA formatting, or on your quiz-taking, or as students mentioned moments ago on time management and these are all things that we want to support you in. We know that you may not come in with the very strongest disposition in those areas, but we can strengthen those areas by coaching you and providing you with resources to help you with that rusty APA or that rusty writing. There’s actually a Writing Resource Center that would be able to help you should you need that.
And there’s the 24-hour tech support, which Donna mentioned has been so awesome to her. Some of our students come in with a lot of hesitation around how do I deal with being an online student – a fully online student – and using the computer that much and what if I encounter problems in the middle of the night and so tech support is definitely available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.
I will also be helping students stay on their shortest path to graduation. So, Marielle, you’re very welcome. It was very nice of you to speak that little bit about our interaction. I am that for every single student in terms of my commitment and dedication to each student. I actually have had the benefit of having an advisor in my online program when I took it at a different University, who was that for me, and I know the difference it made to my life and I try to be that for every single student.
I will help with registration, so I make sure you know how to register and that you have everything you need for those things. Textbook information – I send that in that all those things in a timely manner and I’m here for ongoing support and proactive outreach. By proactive outreach I mean I’m paying attention to things like attendance in case maybe something comes up for a student where they can’t communicate and I am able to communicate with them by reaching out to them by phone and finding out what’s going on. Or it could be you’re going to be traveling and we need to plan ahead proactively for that trip that you may be taking. Many students, actually at least one student – Marielle I believe – it was that mentioned being on a cruise and otherwise traveling.
So, all of those things we can proactively plan ahead for but I also make sure that I reach out to students to hear your experience, which is a very high touch different level of service then you may find at many other schools. We want to make sure we create a feedback loop regarding your own, your individual experience and the students on the phone today can let you know that I am active in doing that – in hearing how things are going while they’re in class and able to create that feedback loop that allows us to make sure things are going well for every student.
So, in summary, I am your first point of contact for any non-academic matters, any questions and any feedback along the way throughout your program, and I’m one member of a team – a support team – which was referred to very brilliantly here by these ladies who have shared their experience with you. I’m one member of that support team which includes your faculty, your tech support team, myself and the entire administration at Hofstra University. So, with that I’m going to pass it to Shirley.
Thank you, Kim. Now Claudette will walk us through the admission requirements.
Thanks Shirley, and hello again everyone. This evening, I will be giving you an overview of the admissions requirements and how you can apply to our program. First of all, a GMAT, GRE or LSAT test is not required for admissions into our program. Also, there is no residence required and no reason to attend campus unless you choose to attend your own graduation. In order to apply to a program, the Master of Arts, applicants as I mentioned before, must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in any discipline. For the Master of Laws program, a Juris Doctor or a Bachelors of Laws degree is required. There is an online application available. If you intend to apply, please contact myself or Anne directly and we will send over the link to the online application system called Apply Yourself along with the detailed application instructions and our federal student loan school code.
Once you’ve completed your application form, you will upload your resume and professional statement and then request two letters of recommendations and official transcript to be sent either electronically or by mail. The application process usually takes around two to three weeks. Now, if your GPA is less than 2.7 or you have a foreign-issued degree, please contact myself or Anne to discuss any additional materials that may be required for admission. Decisions on admissions are usually made within five to ten business days or sometimes sooner. Before starting your application, it is best to reach out to your enrollment advisors -myself and Anne to make the process more seamless and provide you with support. Thanks again everyone for attending.
Thank you, Claudette. We will now begin the Q&A portion of the session. This question is for our enrollment advisors. Could you please address specific job opportunities that are available for graduates of both the M.A. and LL.M programs?
Yep absolutely. It’s Anne here. So, in terms of the types of jobs that our LL.M. students gravitate towards, they tend to be in-house counsel positions, or they want to specialize in health care or take on more health care clients and many of them want to make a transition into a high-level health care administration type role like CEO, COO, or clinical director and those types of roles. The M.A. job opportunities are really diverse and they really depend on your experience and your own personal interests. Many of our students as you can see on the panel are nurses and so some of the jobs that they may be interested in are nurse manager, case manager, risk manager, and Quality Manager, chief, compliance officer, clinical director. We’ve also got students in the program who are interested in advising and consulting or doing community outreach and advocacy work. We have students who are interested in state and federal government jobs lobbying and advocating for policy change as well.
Thank you, Anne. The next question goes to Marielle. Do you see job opportunities for nurses beyond risk management after completing this program? Have you known other nurses who have advanced their careers by a degree in health law?
I’ll answer the first portion of the question first. Because I belong to one of the major health system in the country, nurses tend to be more and more in position in higher position and besides quality management in my company, they do consult and also, they use them as advisors. Personally speaking, I do not know anyone who graduated from the program yet. If I’m correct, we are the second group and I don’t know any other school. Me personally, I started with DeVry – Master’s in Health Care Policy but what Hofstra offers is a little bit broader than what DeVry does offer. But yes, we nurses working in health care policy and health law with Northwell are being used a lot in both quality management, risk management as well as advisors.
Thank You Marielle. I believe Donna would be able to address that also. Sorry about that Donna I should have asked you also.
That’s okay – No, it’s just interesting that this came up because about a month ago I actually attended a meeting for ASHRM – the National Association for Risk Managers. Well, Pennsylvania has a branch as well, and I attended a meeting for Pennsylvania, and I think the secretary for our organization actually stood up and said “I want to let you know about some job opportunities available out there if anybody’s interested”. She went on to say that there was a couple of organizations in Ohio and then out in western Pennsylvania as far as law firms that were looking for people that would have our qualifications and I thought, “oh maybe if it were just another year later or something I could maybe look into applying”, but right now it’s just a little bit too early. But, she was talking about individuals such as ourselves once we complete the degree.
Thank you, Donna. The next question goes to Kim. if something happens that would require for me to take a break longer than a week from the program, is that possible?
Thank you, Shirley and thank you for that question our attendees. I can definitely assist with adjusting schedules if ever you needed to do that. What we try to do though first of all, is to review the situation and see whether or not it is possible to be accommodated. So, if you are going to be traveling for a week or you have a health concern that comes up that lasts more than a week, our first approach would be to work with a professor if that option is available to see if you can be accommodated so that you can keep the shortest path to graduation. If that is not possible, we would assist you with adjusting your degree plan.
Thank you, Kim. The next question is how long does it take to complete an application and how long does it take to find out if you’ve been admitted?
Hi, this is Anne again. I’ll cover that question. So, typical applicant takes between two to three weeks to complete all of their application components and on average it takes five to ten business days to find out whether or not they’ve been accepted into the program and typically it’s much sooner than five days.
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