How the MHSA Schedule Works
The curriculum is delivered combining in-person and online instruction. Individual courses will use different teaching methodologies driven by adult learning principles such as power point presentations, podcasts, assigned readings from text books and other recommended sources, forum discussions, team work activities, chat rooms, live classes and discussions, etc. as designed by the course director. In-person sessions required attendance at the LECOM Bradenton, Florida campus.
Student work for assignments and examinations outside of in-person sessions will be submitted via the Coursework tab located within the course on the LECOM Learning Management System (MyLECOM at portal.lecom.edu), access to which is limited by unique usernames and passwords assigned at orientation with submission of valid identification. Course directors and instructors will utilize the coursework tab to examine and evaluate student work and assessments. Assessment may include written assignments, presentations, quizzes and written and/or oral examinations.
There are two cohorts for enrollment. The January Cohort has been designed for professionals who seek a MHSA degree while continuing to work full-time. The June Cohort has been designed for students enrolled in other professional programs, such as LECOM’s COM, SOP and SDM programs, who can commit to four continuous weeks of in-person training. Prospective students may apply to either Cohort.
The January Cohort begins with a one-week in-person session. Students then continue study through distance education course modules of six week durations. After the fourth module, these students participate in a second one-week in-person session which focuses on research methodology and preparation of the Master’s Thesis Project requirement. A final one-week in-person session allows for presentation and defense of the Master’s Thesis Project and completion of didactic instruction.
The June Cohort begins with a four-week in-person session. June Cohort students then continue their studies through distance education course modules of 8 week durations. A final in-person session at the end of the didactic curriculum allows for defense of the student Master’s Thesis Project.