Director of the College of Continuing Studies, Sean Levin, and our enrollment advisor, Noel Sepulveda, discuss the online BS in Allied Health Studies program offered at Rider. In this session, they go over the program overview, career outcomes, admission requirements and more.
Noel Sepulveda: Good afternoon. My name is Noel and I’m an enrollment advisor of Rider university. I would like to welcome you to our online Bachelor’s of Science and Allied Health Studies webinar featuring our special guest mr Sean Levin is a director of the current Bachelor’s of Science and Allied Health Studies program. That’s it. I want to also take this opportunity to introduce your enrollment team from left to right, Mr. Ysaac Bello, Mr. AJ Arroyo, myself Mr. Noel Sepulveda, Mr. Ody Camacho, Ms. Monica Lam, Ms. Valeria Benard, and Mr. Paul Eames and our very special guest Mr Sean Levin. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to talk to us a little bit about Rider University’s online bachelor’s of science and allied health studies program. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself today?
Sean Levin: Well, thank you. I’m happy to be here. So I’m currently the director in Rider’s College of Continuing Studies department. I do hold my bachelor’s degree from Rider in 2006 in Secondary Education and History. In addition, I completed my Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a Higher Education Concentration in 2008. I have over 10 years of experience in higher education, both at the two year and four year institutions. Before Rider, I was a transfer director at a community college. In addition, I was an assistant director in the Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission’s team and in addition to my work in the continuing studies office, I am also the head coach of Rider’s ice hockey team on the side. All the free time that I have… I’m happy to be here.
Noel Sepulveda: All right, thanks. Thanks again for sharing that with you. Can you talk to us a little bit about some of the history of Rider University and give us a brief program overview of the Bachelor’s of Science in Allied Health Studies.
Sean Levin: Sure, so Rider was established in 1865 so over 150 years of education. It was initially instituted with kind of civil war veterans and as it’s grown it’s really has its foot into New Jersey and growing in the mid Atlantic region. And real more recently kind of our footprint in the online community. From a student to faculty ratio, it’s a pretty small, in my opinion, mid size institution where a 12 to one ratio, again, 99% of the faculty hold their doctorate in the highest degree of their fields. So from an educator standpoint, we do have the best of the best, in my opinion, a little bit of bias. Again, the program, the Bachelor of Science and Allied Health Studies program is 100% online. So there is no reason or requirement to be on campus. It doesn’t mean you can’t visit me if you’d like, but from an on campus standpoint it’s not required.
Sean Levin: 14 week courses per semester comprised again, they’re both seven and 14 weeks within the term. We do have really three academic terms in addition to some unique terms throughout the program. The degree requirements are 120 credits. Students can transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of two year and four year. Asynchronous online classes, so basically students can complete their coursework at 2:00 PM or 2:00 AM really on their own schedule. And based on one’s transfer of credit, there is a chance to complete the degree program in less than three years. So I think that’s a really great benefit for those who do have a wide range of transferable credits…
Sean Levin: The curriculum itself, it’s a variety of components that comprises the 120 credit curriculum. From the specific course in the major, there’s courses that range, again in the allied health field, there are courses that range in more of the business analytical aspect such as a pharmaceutical industry courses and the economics of a healthcare sector. There are also courses in various disciplines that allow students to cover multiple topics. From the more of the science, the behavioral science and the social science. So the curriculum itself is diverse to really touch upon all different aspects in the allied health field. In addition to the specific major courses, there are courses that do have some components in the foundation areas. There are courses in the basic core foundation of writing classes, their quantitative skills, technology skills, speech, communication, focus. And then we have what’s called the areas of knowledge and the areas of knowledge and kind of fits into what Rider’s approach is to education and we kind of use the word holistic approach.
Sean Levin: So we understand a lot of students are either currently working in or trying to get their foot in an allied health field. But we at Rider on all of our programs like to build the well rounded student. So that’s why a lot of students, they might see courses that range from their major and focus but also within the lets say the areas of knowledge field that kind of reinforces the well rounded student who receives an undergraduate degree from Rider. In addition, there are some free elective credits and again a lot of these credits potentially in hopefully do a transfer from one’s previous coursework. I know the enrollment team here, we all work together to help kind of hopefully maximize transfer credits to help with that degree completion and then hopefully into that career focus.
Sean Levin: From a job standpoint, the health care field overall is booming and this program does have opportunities that align with various fields within the healthcare sector ranging from administration and educational services, the human service aspect, being a health care point of contact whether it’s in the healthcare, nonprofit, different sectors and also information system. So the health care arena has specific software or information focus that students in this program could take their experience, combined it with their academics and really move on to the next stage of their life to hopefully, reach their goals academically and professionally. And as I mentioned, someone who’s been at Rider for a long time, both as a student and employee, I’m really proud of the institution as a whole from both its online focused, to its on campus focus, to the traditional students, to the nontraditional to the inter-generational students.
Sean Levin: I think there’s a lot of benefits of why Rider for that next stage of your life, both undergraduate and graduate focus wise. Again, this program does allow for the flexibility of 100% online. It provides the same experience as if students were taking courses on campus with a different flavor in terms of the online virtual classroom. The format being asynchronous does allow for students the ability to combine this with their work, life, and family that takes a lot of their time away. The one-on-one access to your faculty member I think is amazing to allow for questions or concerns or developing that network that helps you both, not just in the short term from an academic standpoint, but building your network in the future for potential job placement or growth overall. The support that students receive from their dedicated undergraduate advisors, and academic coordinators, to the financial aid support, and the financial aid options that students can obtain, and just the flexibility of start dates. The university itself does have substantial aspect of rolling admission with the idea that we hope that when you want to begin we have opportunities and we help with that kind of path from the first phone call or email to getting enrolled and then having a great transition from the program itself, throughout the program and your overall experience here at Rider.
Noel Sepulveda: All right, thanks for sharing that information with us Sean. Some of the admissions requirements for this program are as follows: you have to provide a completed application, and there is a $50 non-refundable application fee, official transcripts from any and all institutions that you attended during the previous undergraduate attempt. Normally we’d like to see a minimum 2.5 GPA and copies of a current and unrestricted license in any allied health fields if you have it. Also degree seeking candidates with fewer than 30 college credits should also submit a high school transcript or a copy of your GED certificate. That said, moving on to the tuition and financial aid of this program. The cost of tuition for this program is $500 per credit hour. There’s also a $50 per course technology fee, and a $35 per course distance learning fee. Financial aid is available to those that apply and qualify for it in the form of FAFSA assistance employer tuition reimbursement is also accepted and for self pay students monthly payment plans are available. Military tuition assistance in the form of VA benefits or GI bill benefits are also accepted and tuition is subject to change on an annual basis. Now that said, at this time, Mr. Sean Levin will answer some questions frequently asked by students. So first question here, how many classes are taken at once, Sean?
Sean Levin: I think it does vary, but it’s pretty common that students often take two to three classes at the same time. But it does allow for the flexibility of students and their academic degree goals, both from a time standpoint and a financial standpoint. We do allow for the flexibility for students to take what’s best for them at that time in their life.
Noel Sepulveda: Excellent. Excellent. Thanks for sharing that information. Are there different professors teaching the online classes versus the ground program on campus?
Sean Levin: No, it’s the same faculty so that many of the faculty who teach in different curriculums on campus, whether it’s in the psychology department, in the business focus, or in the behavioral science and social science, they’re also teaching in our online program. So it does allow for the same faculty that students are receiving both from the on campus and ground program to those pursuing programs virtually.
Noel Sepulveda: Excellent. Excellent. What do you look at for potential applicants?
Sean Levin: Well I think one of the things that we do look for is their previous academic history, specifically in the allied health field. Students are encouraged to possess a allied health credential to kind of add into the program so that when they do complete this degree program, they are qualified both academically in terms of a potential bachelor’s degree for leadership and management standpoints, but they have a healthcare related credential that has them either working or working towards getting a position, as we mentioned before in the healthcare field. So those are some of the key things that we look for is that healthcare credential, but there are also a variety of things that we look at from an applicant. We understand applicants might have credits from a handful of years ago if the grade point average at the time was maybe a little bit less than they would have liked, then we do look at other things during the application review to look to see why this student might be a benefit for the program. So it’s not just one thing that we look at. It’s kind of a cumulative aspect. And working with the enrollment counselors and the entire team, we do try to look at each individual applicant and why they could be an asset to the institution and how can we can provide them with the next stage in their life.
Noel Sepulveda: Sounds great. So at this time we’re going to conclude this webinar. I want to thank you again, Sean, for all your help with this presentation and taking time out of your schedule to share information about the online Bachelor’s of Science in Allied Health Studies program. To the guests listening to this webinar, I want to let you know that we’re currently accepting applications for our upcoming semester. So please contact us today at 877-856-5140 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment on our live vcita calendar page. Thank you very much for your participation. Have a great day.