Graduate health care education continues to be faced with extensive challenges, including a shortage of qualified faculty and quality clinical education/externship sites, the inability to meet the education and health care needs of rural communities, and the unsustainable cost of education. The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need for a highly differentiated program model to address these challenges.
The EIM Hybrid Education Model is the ultimate future proof solution in health care higher education. Such a degree program delivered in a hybrid, accelerated format will:
– Increase flexibility and improve access
– Reduce student debt
– Meet workforce demands
– Significantly impact health care needs in underserved communities.
This is the type of innovative answer that higher ed needs. Our hybrid, accelerated curriculum will leverage best-in-class educational technology, with online coursework being delivered by faculty in a highly interactive and engaging environment. Synchronous and asynchronous learning activities will be utilized to foster student discovery. Onsite lab instruction will be provided in an immersive, highly organized, well-executed, and active hands-on learning environment that is critical to psychomotor skill development. This educational model allows students and faculty to live anywhere in the country and commute to the campus for onsite immersion lab experiences. Students will also participate in highly structured, full-time clinical education experiences.
EIM Graduate Program Overviews
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
EIM powered the first hybrid, accelerated DPT program in the country, and this model has successfully achieved full accreditation and graduated multiple cohorts of well-prepared physical therapists in less time. The innovative model increases access to physical therapy education and decreases student debt impact by getting students into the workforce faster. The DPT program is a two-year, hybrid accelerated model structured with approximately 50% of coursework online, 20% in person during hands-on labs, and 30% in clinical education experiences. Traditional brick and mortar programs are typically three years or more in length.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
EIM also powered the first hybrid, accelerated OTD program in the country, and this model has successfully achieved full accreditation and graduated multiple cohorts of well-prepared occupational therapists in less time. The OTD program is a two-year hybrid, accelerated program that develops leaders within the field of occupational therapy. The OTD program combines online learning, hands-on lab immersions, fieldwork experiences and a doctoral capstone. For less time than most traditional Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) programs, entry-level graduates of our OTD program enter the workforce sooner with a doctoral degree.
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
The MPAS program is a 24-month hybrid program that prepares entry-level physician assistants to become licensed clinicians who practice medicine in a variety of settings and specialties. The MPAS program is designed to be completed in 24 months, with 13 months of online didactic education, hands-on lab immersion experiences onsite throughout the program, and 36 weeks of full-time supervised clinical practical experiences in a variety of settings.
Master of Speech-Language Pathology (MSLP)
The MSLP program is a 16-month accelerated, hybrid program that that is structured with approximately 80% of coursework online, 10% spent in person during hands-on labs, and 10% in clinical education experiences. The innovative model increases access to SLP education and decreases student debt impact by getting students into the workforce faster. Traditional brick and mortar programs are typically two years or more in length.
Connect with us today to learn more about how hybrid accelerated education can support your graduate growth plans!