The gerontology curriculum is a multidisciplinary program established in 1976 which offers the Master of Science degree. The program benefits from professional collaboration with departments throughout the university. The 30-hour degree program includes 15 hours of courses in gerontological core, five hours in gerontological research, six hours in gerontology practice elective courses and four hours in a field placement. Students can customize their program of study with the addition concentration areas such as adult education, health care organization and planning, psychogeriartrics, public administration (specifically the Certificate in Public Management or Certificate in Nonprofit Management), social services, research, and wellness and chronic disease prevention. Additionally, students have the option of completing this program through face-to-face, on-campus sessions, entirely distance education with no on-campus requirement, or using a hybrid combination of both methods.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
The MSHA is designed as a blended-learning program. During on-campus sessions, students attend lectures, participate in seminars, and use the Department’s learning laboratory, computer facilities and library. Students have ample opportunity to interact with fellow classmates, faculty, and visiting scholars and practitioners. Organized class sessions are typically held during the day and are designed to facilitate effective and efficient learning. Evenings are reserved for study, group project work, informal interaction with fellow students, and social events. During each off-campus semester, students continue course work at their home/work site using a carefully planned array of distance learning technologies. The Program uses the internet as the primary mode of communication during off-campus periods. This technology allows students and faculty to communicate with one another asynchronously through personal computers equipped with Internet access.
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The MSNA program is offered on-campus at VCU, and through synchronous participation and course casting, on-campus in Alexandria, Abingdon and Roanoke, Virginia. In addition, the program includes asynchronous participation in a variety of learning activities and on-site clinical experience and simulation laboratory learning in both locations.
The Post Professional Master’s degree is a thesis-based research degree designed for registered occupational therapists (holding a BS or BA in occupational therapy and NBCOT certification). This degree prepares students as beginning researchers, and lays the foundation for research based doctoral studies. It is an excellent choice for occupational therapists wishing to move their careers towards conducting independent research, and a faculty position in a research university.
This degree is offered on-campus at VCU and, through synchronous participation and course casting, on-campus in Abingdon and in Martinsville, Virginia. The Master of Science requires 44 credit hours of study according to one of the established curricula. A 30-credit accelerated M.S. as well as a dual degree track M.S./M.Div. with the School of Theology at Virginia Union University and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond are available.
The distance-learning program is a flexible program involving two on-campus skill development courses, with the rest of the courses available online. To accommodate students living at a distance from the university, both of the skills development courses are offered in an intensive one-week format on campus. All of the other courses are offered online in an asynchronous (any time) format. You can choose the best time and place to interact with your course materials, classmates and instructors to fit your own schedule. Graduates from accredited rehabilitation counseling programs are typically trained in counseling theory and techniques; individual, group and environmental assessment; psychosocial and medical aspects of disability; human development; cultural diversity; principles of psychiatric rehabilitation, case management and rehabilitation planning; issues and ethics in rehabilitation service delivery; technological adaptation; vocational evaluation and work adjustment; career counseling; implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act; job development; and placement.
The School of Engineering offers the Master of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering degree. The program utilizes the faculty and research facilities of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering to expose students to advanced and emerging technologies in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Research thrusts in the department include but are not limited to smart materials, micro/nanotechnology, energy conversion systems, sensors, aerosol science, nuclear engineering, fluid mechanics, medical devices, robotics and biomechanics. Distance learners enrolled in this program can take courses on-line and earn an M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering by successfully completing ten courses.
The International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS) is a unique intensive online programme. Academic staff of the University of Adelaide (Australia), King’s College London (UK) and Virginia Commonwealth University (USA) are jointly offering IPAS.
The M.S.W. curriculum is guided by the principle of providing social and economic justice and human rights in a diverse and multicultural society. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking about theory and social practice applications, evidence-based decision-making, diversity, self-reflection and self-awareness, and ethical integrity.