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2017-2018 Catalog
Abilene Christian University
   
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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

School of Health and Human Services


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Blair Smith, Assistant Dean
16633 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 800
Addison, TX 75001

Phone: 214-305-9500
Email: bxs16f@acu.edu

Healthcare Administration

Blair Smith, Program Director
16633 Dallas Pkwy, Suite 800
Addison, TX 75001

Phone: 214-305-9500
Email: bxs16f@acu.edu

Faculty

TBD

Introduction

The School of Health and Human Services in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree. This program is offered online with optional residency experiences. The mission of the Master of Healthcare Administration program is to prepare leaders in health organizations by focusing on innovation in the healthcare industry and exploring how faith shapes the ethical challenges of patient care. This is accomplished through preparing students to:

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external healthcare constituents;
  • Provide effective leadership through inspiring excellence, attaining shared vision, and achieving strategic goals;
  • Align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards including responsibility to the patient and community grounded in one’s Christian identity;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare leaders function; and
  • Apply administrative principles to the healthcare environment.

The MHA consists of 36 credit hours.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college, university, or equivalent.
  3. A 3.0 or better cumulative undergraduate GPA. Provisional admission may be given to students with a 2.5-2.99 cumulative undergraduate GPA, with full admission granted after successful completion of three courses with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  4. Acknowledgement of the Christian identity of the university and program.
  5. Resume or CV.

International applicants to the MHA will be required to complete the standard graduate application requirements for all international students applying for an ACU graduate degree, including TOEFL scores and transcript assessment for degrees completed outside the United States.

Marriage and Family Therapy Online

Sara Salkil, Program Director
Phone: 325-829-2132
Fax: 325-674-6717

Email: seb04b@acu.edu
Web: http://www.acu.edu/graduate/degree-programs/marriage-family-therapy-online/index.html

Faculty

Jackie Halstead, Associate Professor
James Morris, Associate Professor 

Introduction

The School of Health and Human Services in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers an online Master in Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) degree.

The 60-hour Marriage and Family Therapy degree plan is designed to be completed in a minimum of 32 consecutive months. Students will register for one online 7-week course at a time.

The primary objective of the degree is to provide professional training for persons intending to occupy positions in community mental health agencies, child and family service agencies, church ministries, institutional settings, and private practice, as well as those desiring advanced academic degrees. The Marriage and Family Therapy program is committed to a value system that espouses a Christian worldview in terms of human nature, the development of interpersonal or intrapersonal problems, and the context within which those problems can be solved.

The curriculum is intended to prepare graduates for membership in the AAMFT and state licensure in marriage and family therapy. Students may elect to complete a general MFT track or choose from tracks in Medical Family Therapy, Treatment of Trauma, Child and Adolescent Therapy, or Therapy with Military Families. Students selecting the general MFT track may pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with elective selections of Group Psychotherapy and Career Counseling.

Each graduate will receive a minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical experience and 100 hours of approved supervision, both of which are graduation requirements. Students are responsible for identifying their own internship sites and for providing their own recording technology to record samples of their clinical work.. Supervision is provided by departmental faculty and local supervisors identified by the student. Group supervision provided by the MFT faculty will utilize video and case presentation approaches. The supervision experience focuses on integrating the student’s academic training with the clinical skills of marriage and family therapy.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. The admission requirements for the online MMFT are:

  1. A completed application for admission with a nonrefundable application fee;
  2. An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  3. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  4. Three letters of recommendation;
  5. A written purpose statement declaring why the applicant wishes to study marriage and family therapy at ACU and what he or she plans to do professionally upon graduation;
  6. Completion of a psychosocial history;
  7. A quality of life that reflects high moral standards;
  8. A video-conferenced interview with the Program Director may be requested.

When all required materials are assembled, the application will be reviewed by the MFT Program Director. Students are admitted six times a year and begin their program of study in the spring, summer, or fall semesters. All application materials MUST be completed at least two weeks in advance of when the student would like to begin the program.

No specific undergraduate major is essential for admission. Applicants are encouraged to have undergraduate credit in subjects that embrace human development, family relations, theology, sociology, psychology and statistics.

Applicants without adequate preparation may be accepted upon the condition that they register for additional courses deemed necessary by the Program Director.

Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Family Therapy

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Family Therapy is offered for students who are seeking advanced clinical training in medical family therapy.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Family Therapy are as follows:

  • A completed application for admission with a nonrefundable application fee;
  • Official transcript indicating the successful completion of a Master’s degree from a COAMFTE-accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program. If a Master’s degree was earned from a MFT degree not accredited by COAMFTE, the transcript must be evaluated by the Program Director to demonstrate the student’s achievement of the COAMFTE foundational curriculum requirements;
  • Purpose statement;
  • Two professional recommendation letters attesting to the applicant’s clinical competence.

Programs

    Master of Healthcare AdministrationMaster of Marriage and Family TherapyCertificate

    Courses

      Healthcare AdministrationMarriage and Family Therapy-Online

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