Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences (FHCHS) is a private not-for-profit Seventh-day Adventist institution that focuses on allied health and nursing education. It closely works with the Florida Hospital to provide students with high quality practical clinical experiences through an actual major medical center. It specializes in educating health care professionals and those seeking to enter the field. The educational experience is service-oriented and directed by the values of merit, encouragement, stewardship, and spirituality. FHCHS strives to educate students who will become leaders who devote themselves to practice healthcare as a ministry. It is committed to encouraging students to seek lifelong learning opportunities to lead rewarding careers and lives.
FHCHS offers superior academic programs at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels. It also offers certificate programs. It strives to offer a one-of-a-kind learning environment for current and future healthcare professionals. The learning outcomes focus on caring, communication, critical thinking, ethics, lifelong learning, professional expertise, and community service. The college strives to develop caring and ethical professionals that demonstrate empathy and respect the well being of others through effective communication. Students will develop good critical thinking skills and the ability to evaluate various types of knowledge.
The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences offers convenient and affordable exclusively online programs designed for working professionals with other obligations. It offers online bachelor degree programs in nursing, diagnostic medical sonography, and radiologic sciences to meet the needs of busy adult students. Online programs are delivered through a high-tech online learning system that is enhanced with email and online discussion groups between instructors and students. Online courses feature various content delivery methods such as video and interactive presentations, downloadable information and assignments, and manuals. Students are able to complete their programs at their own pace by taking one course at a time. It is also possible to finish the online programs in just 18 months. Courses generally begin every four to seven weeks. The faculty and staff of online programs are committed to helping student success and provide mentoring assistance throughout the program. Instructors also provide assistance throughout courses and offer consistent feedback. Online programs also feature small class sizes to promote individual communication among students and professors.
The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences traces its history back to 1913 when the Florida Hospital School of Nursing was established and operated on the campus of Florida Hospital until 1958. In 1992, the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences was established and it combined three hospital-based programs, a certificate program in practical nursing, and associate degrees in nursing, radiography, and sonography. The college became a bachelor degree level institution in 1998 and has since added various programs in a variety of healthcare areas. The college offered its first master degree program in 2008.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredits Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences to award certificates, associate, bachelor, and master degrees.
Schools of Education
- Department of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences
- Department of Nurse Anesthesia
- Department of Nursing
- Department of Occupational Therapy
- Department of Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Department of Radiological Sciences
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences offers several scholarships based on merit and financial need including the Amelia Roeder Scholarship, Emily Reeves Tremml Scholarship, Don and Helen Bradley Scholarship, Florida Hospital Credit Union Scholarship, Hubbell Family Scholarship, Frances and William J. Green Trust Scholarship Fund, Jean Gould Scholarship, Marley and Beverly Soper Scholarship, Jean W. Iles Scholarship, Soler Family Scholarship, Trent Tindell Scholarship, Susan J. Kintner Scholarship, Winter Park Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship, and William H. Coleman and the West Orlando Rotary Club Scholarship. It also accepts the U.S. Air Force ROTC scholarship.
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences participates in various federal financial aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), and Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students, and Veteran Affairs Benefits. It also accepts state grants such as the Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) and Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG).
Credit Earning Options
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences grants transfer credits for previous coursework completed at other accredited institutions. All courses must have a grade of a C or better. Students can also earn credit by examination such as Advanced Placement (AP) Credit, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), FHCHS Challenge Exam and Credit by Validation for Professional Licensure and Registry. Students seeking credit for previous education and/or examinations must submit official transcripts and supporting documentation.