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.
Shirley: Welcome, everyone. Thank for joining us this evening. We will get started in just a few moments. My name is Shirley Chan Bell 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 Masters of 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 Masters and Health Law and Policy Programs. Benita Hardwick, Donna [Tennidous] and Makiel [Salakultosay]. 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, the Masters 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 a Q&A session. Please feel free to type in your questions into the chat box through 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.
As this time, I would like to introduce Benita Hardwick. Welcome Benita.
Benita: Good evening, everyone. I am Benita Hardwick. I’m in the LLM program. I am the Compliance Officer of a healthcare system in Brooklyn, New York and I have had 22 years’ experience as an in-house counsel for a healthcare institution. And I was very happy to find the Hofstra program, LLM program.
Shirley: Thank you, Benita. I would like to introduce Donna [Tennidous]. Welcome, Donna.
Donna: Thank you, Shirley. Hi everyone, my name is Donna [Tennidous] and I have had the privilege of working as a Registered Nurse for the last 30 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 1 trauma centre. For the last 3 years, I have made the switch over to risk management for the same organization.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. I would like to introduce Makiel [Salakultosay]. Welcome, Makiel.
Makiel: Hi everyone, my name is Makiel [Salakltosay]. I’ve been in this for the last 20 years and been a [midwife] for 18 years. As of now, I work in maternal childcare services as a champion nurse and a charge nurse with [unintelligible 00:04:36]. But also, I am responsible for continuing education and I am also a member of the [unintelligible
00:04:45] OBGYN as well as North Midwife Association in the [unintelligible 00:04:52].
And also, I am still the Vice-President of the National Nurse Midwife Association in [unintelligible 00:05:02]. 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 hospital in Haiti. So I coordinate OBGYN program for them.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. I would like to introduce our Enrollment Advisors, Claudette Jones and Anne Smith as well as the team lead services, Kim Gill. Welcome Claudette, Anne and Kim.
Claudette: 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 Advisor for the online Master of Arts and Master of Laws in Health Law and Policy Program. I have over 10 years’ experience as Enrollment Advisor. I’m your first point of contact and my role is for you to receive 1-on-1 attention to provide information that will help you to determine if the program is a good fit for you.
Anne: 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 programs since their inception. As an online student myself, my goal as your advisor is to make good transitions 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.
Kim: 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. And I fell in love with this role through a job ad and 13 years later, not only as I had the opportunity to be a student care professional and be the four 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 the degree online.
Shirley: So I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you Hofstra University, a regionally accredited institution that was founded in 1935. Our brick and mortar campus is located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York. Hofstra’s a private non-secured coeducational 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 LLM programs are offered through Hofstra’s University Maurice A. Deane’s School Law, which we often refer to as Hofstra’s 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.
Claudette: We offer two programs online. The Master of Law is designed for lawyers. It requires a juris doctor or a Bachelor’s of Law degree to qualify. It is designed for students interested in in-house counsel roles, high level management of healthcare facility and for attorney who want to specialize in health law of take on more healthcare 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 an ideal choice for advance practice nurses, health administrators, physicians, insurance professionals, healthcare, 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 the flexibility to balance work, life and education. The programs are 100 percent online and offered asynchronously. These are accelerated courses, so each course is 7 weeks long with a one week break in between. Students are expected to spend approximately 15-20 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.
Anne: Thank you, Claudette. So here you will see a list of courses that make up our fixed curriculum. The first two pre-requisite 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 law making process. As well as examine a variety of legal problems arising out of the American healthcare system.
Since most of our MA 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 legal in order to successfully grasp the concepts and the core curriculum.
Moving into the core curriculum, Medicare and Medicaid law is an overview of the two most important government funded healthcare programs. Students will review its history, purpose, expectation and evolution. Bioethics and the Law explores contemporary problems involving law medicine and ethics such as patient’s rights, responsibilities of physicians and the interest 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 Transaction and Healthcare explore several of the most prevalent commercial business transactions in the healthcare 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 roles and policies. Representing healthcare providers is intended to acquaint students with a wide variety of federal and state legal regulatory issues which healthcare 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 healthcare related organization. The final course are students take as 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 healthcare 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Anne and Claudette for providing an overview of Hofstra University and the Masters in Health Law and Policy Program. Now I would like to start the student experience discussion with our student panelists. Benita, why did you select Hofstra Law for this program?
Benita: I was very interested in obtaining LLM in health law since I graduated from law school over 20 years ago. With trying to find a program which would fit into my schedule between being a mother working full-time and then trying to attend a class was 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 and because it was online course, I felt it would work 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 the perfect program for me.
Shirley: Thank you, Benita. Donna, why did you select Hofstra Law for this program?
Donna: I looked at several programs before choosing Hofstra. And the other programs were more in line with the Masters 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 over 7 weeks. This was especially attractive to me given a full-time status job and then allowance of time with my family
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. Makiel, why did you select Hofstra Law for this program?
Makiel: Thank you, Shirley for the question. Without a doubt, Hofstra is among the best in New York or in the United States in general. I have heard this is not the main reason I chose Hofstra. I do believe that to succeed it’s a group effort, primarily the student. Nonetheless, the academic environment plays a major role and that’s what Hofstra is about according to the work from the student when 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 the assistance received from the Hofstra law family went beyond my expectation.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. Donna, what was the biggest adjustment to starting the Master’s program?
Donna: 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 techy 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. Makiel, what was the biggest adjustment to starting the Master’s program for you?
Makiel: I guess like many of the student, time management was and still stay the biggest adjustment for me. I must say that it has become easy over time due to the entire support system that I have now to my professors and advisors. They helped me a lot in identifying and made good use of my strengths.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. Benita, what was the biggest adjustment to starting the Master’s program for you?
Benita: Well, I’m going to agree with [unintelligible 00:17:03] 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Benita. Makiel, how has the faculty and administration helped with the transition?
Makiel: Frankly, Shirley, I’m going to try not appear bias in anyway, but like I said earlier, my advisors, my professors as well as the Dean office assistant are simply outstanding in my 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 [court].
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 times. I try so hard and I was not getting any result. And I told her point blank that was I quitting the program. Kim kindly but firmly told me that, “You just 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 regular schedule. I think she knocked at every door and she used all the resources available.
The Dean 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 every one.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. Benita, how has the faculty and administration helped with your transition?
Benita: The faculty and administration have been very open to subjections from our class and my fellow classmates. As a member of the first class, I feel like we were some of the guinea pigs that went through a lot of the pain as this program developed. And one of the things was there were at times when we looked at our class schedule and they looked like there were so much reading and so much work. And some of us got so frustrated because we were all working lawyers.
And 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 that we were all working lawyers. 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.
Shirley: That’s great. Donna, how has the faculty and administration helped with your transition?
Donna: I have to emphasize what Makiel and Benita has 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 Ann 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.
Shirley: And Donna, could you please describe your online learning experience with Hofstra Law?
Donna: 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. Makiel, how has it been balancing your schedule between classes and your personal life?
Makiel: 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 their 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. And Benita, how do you handle group work that is required in certain courses?
Benita: Well, we’re a very small class and we use Google Docs in some things. We certainly participate in Zoom sessions where we all get to interact online live and we set up a mechanism where we could text each other or call each other, just email each other to get our work products done.
Shirley: Thank you. And Benita, in terms of course work, what is your average day or week like? How many hours per week do you decide to course work?
Benita: I think I dedicate probably a total of about 20 hours a week. And 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Benita. And Donna, what is your average day or week like?
Donna: I have to agree with Benita. Usually my hours per day that I spend working depends on my 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 15-17 hours a week.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. And Makiel, what is your average day or week like?
Makiel: My answer is going to seem quite unusual but I am sure that I am not the first neither the last student to employ unorthodox techniques in order to get their school work done. I can’t really say because it varies from one day to another like for my fellow student. But I try to allocate daily three hours for school related matter. However, I do include school work in every aspect of my daily routine as much as possible.
For example, at work on my free time instead of discussing [unintelligible 00:25:45] subject with my coworkers, if I’m on my assignment, I’ll pick the-since we all in healthcare, 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 complete the rest.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. Donna, why is online learning right for you?
Donna: 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 favour working independently.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. And Benita, why is online learning right for you?
Benita: 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 with doing work that it 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Benita. And Makiel, why is online learning right for you?
Makiel: 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 [unintelligible 00:27:28] there is for online scholar. I will provide a few reasons for my change of mind. As I mentioned before, I’m a single parent and I work full-time. I come from a very big family and my current as well as my siblings, they do rely on me and they are not geographically close. Besides that, my work send me overseas a lot.
So being online, the online studying allows me to continue living that life while I’m applying myself to which my personal and professional goal which is earning my degree and be the best I could 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 class work with me and I get everything done.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. And Donna, what advice do you have for students considering this program?
Donna: I guess just to realize that the course work for 7 weeks on with one week off and this goes for two years is quite a commitment. And to me, 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. And Makiel, what advice do you have for students considering this program?
Makiel: Shirley, I’m going to quote someone from 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 Masters, you might as well start now because either you want it to 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 support system to help me. And that support system will be also there to help whoever wants to start this program.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. And Benita, what advice do you have for students considering this program?
Benita: 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 intimated by the fact that you do have to be disciplined. I think it’s something that’s well worth doing.
Shirley: Thank you, Benita. Makiel, can you give us a specific example of when you used learnings from the course in a work situation?
Makiel: Through the program, I learned so much. It’s been only three classes so far. But like quoted or unmentioned, it is an accelerated program and we learn a lot. So this program goes beyond the teaching of law or healthcare policy. Many changes are being implemented at work in my department. And we have just because we have nearly just-the leadership but also because we have a lot of new upgrades that we’re doing. 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 recent 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 coworkers where I can mention-we monitor performance because of the knowledge that I acquired with the legal analysis and reasoning in [unintelligible 00:33:10] to their American Legal System with Professor Colombo and also through health law class.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. And Benita, can you give a specific example of when you used learnings from a course in a work situation?
Benita: Absolutely. I’m a hospital compliance officer and when we had to take healthcare compliant, I’ve been doing compliance for so long, what can I learn? Well, what I learnt was I didn’t know all I needed to know about research compliant. 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 regulations. And my institution has been able to revamp our IRB based on some of the things I learned in the healthcare compliance course.
Shirley: That’s great. And Donna, can you give an example of when you used learnings from a course in a work situation?
Donna: 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 materials that I’ve 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 all the system wide issue.
This implementation continues but it was through the research of tort reform in Professor Richmond’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.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. And Benita, how has your organization benefitted from you taking this program?
Benita: I take it for granted and I think the institution has taken it for granted that working in compliance for so long, I knew all of the regulations that needed to be known on a day-to-day basis. And what we learned is that there were a lot of intricacies that I wasn’t looking at when I was looking at compliance as a health person. I’ve learned to look at compliance not just from the in-health perspective but also to look at people who are not working in health tend to look at the same situations so that I could readjust my thinking on some issues.
Shirley: Thank you, Benita. And Donna, how has your organization supported you as a student?
Donna: I would say my biggest support is the closest level manager that I have. She’s been very supportive, very inquisitive. We talk about what I just happened to be learning that week in the course. Otherwise, the other support that I actually receive is-I do receives some financial reimbursement from our organization upon completion of the courses.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. And Makiel, how has your organization supported you as a student?
Makiel: [unintelligible 00:36:30] have support me on many level and also that support was in different form. Primarily, since time management 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 percent of the cost of the program.
However, it is the pride that I hear in my manager’s voice, obviously 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.
Shirley: Thank you, thank you, Benita, Donna and Makiel 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.
Kim: 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. So 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.
So often times, 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 answers. 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’ll have that answer or I’ll 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, 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 a 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 centre 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. So 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, 7 days a week all year long.
So I will also be helping students stay on their shortest path to graduation. So Makiel, 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. And 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 tried to be that for every single student. I will help with registration.
So I make sure you know how to register, that you have everything that you need for those things, textbook information. I send that and 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 travelling and we need to plan ahead proactively for that trip that you may be taking.
Many students, actually at least one student, Makiel I believe it was, 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 touch different level of service than you may find at many other schools.
We want to make sure we create a feedback loop regarding your individual experience and the students on the phone today can let you know that I am active in doing that and 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 brilliant here by these ladies who have shared their experience with you. So I’m one member of that support team, which include 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Kim. Now Claudette will walk us through the admission requirements.
Claudette: Thanks, Shirley. And hello again, everyone. This evening, I will be giving you an overview of the admission 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 residency required and no reason to attend campus unless you choose to attend to your own graduation.
In order to apply to our 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 Bachelor’s of Law 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, an official transcript to be sent either electronically or by mail. The application process usually takes around 2-3 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 5-10 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. Thank again everyone for attending.
Shirley: 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 MA and LLM programs?
Anne: Yup, absolutely, it’s Anne here. So in terms of the types of jobs that are LLM, students gravitate towards, they tend to be in-house counsel positions or they want to specialize in healthcare or take on more healthcare clients. And many of them want to make a transition into a high-level healthcare administration type role like CEO, COO or Clinical Director and those types of roles.
The MA job opportunities are really diverse and they really depend on your experience and your own personal interests. So many of our students as you can see on our 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Anne. The next question goes to Makiel. 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?
Makiel: 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 [unintelligible 00:47:30] the quality management, they do in my company, they do 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 [unintelligible 00:48:06] Masters in Healthcare policy. But what Hofstra offers is a little bit broader than what [unintelligible 00:48:20] does offer. But yes, nurses working in healthcare policy and healthcare with [unintelligible 00:48:33] as being used a lot in both quality management as well as advisors.
Shirley: Thank you, Makiel. I believe Donna would be able to address that also. Sorry about that, Donna. I should have asked you also.
Donna: That’s okay. It’s just interesting that this came up because about a month ago, I actually attended a meeting for-Ashram is the National Association for Risk Manager as 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.”
And she went onto say that there was a couple of organizations in Ohio and 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 maybe 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.
Shirley: Thank you, Donna. And 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?
Kim: Thank you, Shirley and thank you for that question, our attendees. I can definitely [access] 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 were 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 could 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.
Shirley: 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?
Anne: Hi, this is Anne again. So I’ll cover that question. So typical applicant takes between 2-3 weeks to complete all of their application components. And on average, it takes 5-10 business days to find out whether or not they’ve been accepted into the program. And typically, it’s much sooner than 5 days.
Shirley: Thank you, Anne. So thank you to all of our presenters for participating in today’s webinar. Most importantly, thank you to all of you for attending. We hope you have received some valuable information about the Masters in Health Law and Policy programs and the online student experience. if you have further questions about the Masters in Health Law and Policy Program, feel free to contact Anne or Claudette. Their contact information is listed on the screen.
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