The Florida Hospital College of Health Science is a private, non-profit Seventh-day Adventist institution that combines health education and a Christian education. The college emphasizes the concept of healthcare as ministry, which is “the opportunity to reveal the character of God by the attitude and actions displayed by the caregiver,” according to the school’s website. Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences offers courses at its main campus in Orlando, in Denver, as well as through its online distance learning program.
The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in specialized medical fields. On the associate level, students can choose to study diagnostic medical sonography, pre-professional studies, radiography, or get an occupational therapy assistant degree. The Bachelor of Science programs include biomedical sciences, health sciences, nuclear medicine technology, and nursing. Two bachelor’s degrees, in diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic sciences, are available through the school’s online distance learning program. General education courses in the biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, are available to provide a sufficient foundation for study in the school’s higher-level programs.
The master’s program features three areas of study: healthcare administration, nurse anesthesia, and occupational therapy. The healthcare administration degree plan focuses on business principles, such as managerial finance and the economics in healthcare, as well as organizational behavior, and human resources management.
The college has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1996. It also has specialized accreditations from the American Occupational Therapy Association (since 2000), Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (2007), the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (1995), and the National League for Nursing (1997 for the associate program, 2001 for the bachelor’s).
The admissions requirements vary based on the type of applicant. The college requires incoming freshman to have a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.50, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on all college-level academic work. The student also needs to submit their SAT and ACT scores. The scores aren’t used to determine admission, but instead for academic placement. To apply, the incoming freshman needs to complete the admissions application, send in all official transcripts, and submit their test scores. The requirements are the same for transfer students. If the student has more than 60 college-level credit hours, then they are exempt from submitting high school transcripts.
The graduate-level programs have prerequisites of their own. For example, the nurse anesthesia program requires an applicant to have a Bachelor of Science degree in a related field, such as nursing, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and it prefers students who have two years of critical care experience. Meanwhile, the occupational therapy program’s prerequisites include specific undergraduate classes, such as developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology or anthropology, a GPA of 3.0, and GRE or MAT scores.
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
Office of Enrollment Services
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803