Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is Pitt Law offering this program?

There is a growing need for compliance professionals in the healthcare industry. They need compliance leaders who understand the reasons behind the rules and can apply specialized knowledge and an understanding of the broader business context to solve problems and work with their organizations to ensure ethical compliance.  Our program is designed to meet this need.  In addition, administrators and health care professionals are also interested in a program like ours, because compliance is becoming a more significant part of their responsibilities.  

2. When are applications due??

We are accepting applications now for the class beginning January 2021.

3. Who should enroll in this program?

Heatlh Care Compliance Online is ideal for compliance professionals who want to argument their professional development.  It is also an excellent program for those who may need or want to have a deeper understanding of compliance.  Our program is also particularly suitable for attorneys, administrators, health care professionals, and social workers who work with compliance issues.   

4. How long does the program take?

HCC Online commences each January and concludes each October. Students take one course at a time, but each course is delivered in an accelerated format and is only eight weeks long. This means students take two courses in the spring semester; enjoy a short break; take two courses over the summer; enjoy a second break; and take a final course in the fall semester, finishing in October. 

5. How much does the program cost?

HCC Online provides 15 graduate-level credit hours of education for $10,000 or $667 per credit hour plus any additional fees and the cost of books. Students should check with their employers to see if they offer tuition reimbursement for this program. 

6. Do the credits earned in Health Care Compliance Online transfer to other University graduate programs?

Students earn 3 graduate credits from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for each course completed in the HCC Online program. Students interested in applying HCC Online courses toward other graduate degrees should check with the degree program/institution of interest to determine if the credits will be accepted for that program.

7. How much work should I expect?

There is a significant amount of work in the program because courses are accelerated. Students should plan on at least 12 hours per week for course work.  In addition, because there are no extensive lectures, most of the work is self-directed. You choose when and where you do your work. Classes are delivered through weekly modules and include weekly assessments, so you will always know how you are doing and be able to test your understanding of important concepts. 

8. What are the requirements for admission?

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Admissions decisions will be made based on professional experience, academic credentials, and a personal statement. In some instances an interview (online or via phone) may be required. 

9. I don’t have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative 3.0, can I still be admitted?

Students who earned lower GPAs may certainly be admitted based on their work experience, their application, and potentially an interview, which would take place by phone or online. 

10. Who are the faculty?

Our expert faculty is composed of professors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Graduate School of Public Health, as well as current and former federal regulators and industry experts.

11. Are the courses also taught on campus?

No. Each course was developed specifically for an online environment. Courses are tailored to meet the needs of working professionals who enroll in this program while maintaining their full-time professional pursuits. 

12. Do I have to be online at a specific time to complete the course work?

No. All course materials can be accessed at any time and students can work on their own schedules to complete assignments by course deadlines. However, group projects will require coordination among your online team members. 

13. Will I be required to come to the Pittsburgh campus at any time?

No. While our campus is beautiful, and we welcome visitors, you will not be required to come to campus as part of the program. 

14. What resources will be available to me as a student?

You will have full access to the University of Pittsburgh library system, the Writing Center, and a host of other support services. To learn more, visit Pitt Online.

15. What final grade point average (GPA) is needed to successfully earn the certificate?

Students earning the certificate will be required to earn a final GPA of 3.0.

16. How much should I expect to pay for books in this program?

Most books are available both as new and as used textbooks. Students who will buy new books can expect to spend an average of approximately $550.00 on new books over the five courses. Students can reduce this cost by buying used books, or taking advantage of book rental programs through providers like Amazon. 

17. Is financial aid available?

Unfortunately, financial aid for this program is not available through the University of Pittsburgh nor through federal loans.  However, many employers provide financial incentives for their employees to participate in programs such as this.  Information regarding private educational loans can be found here

18. If I have federal student loans, will they be deferred during the time I am in the Health Care Compliance Graduate Certificate Program?

Students who are enrolled at the University on a part time basis (at least six credit hours per semester) are entitled to federal student loan deferment. Under the HCC Online program, students may take two courses in the spring semester, two courses in the summer semester, and one course in the fall semester. This means that federal student loans would be deferred for the spring and summer semesters, but not for the fall semester.

19. Do I need to be an expert with technology? What kind of computer equipment do I need?

While you needn’t be a technology expert to take an online class, you should have some proficiency with a computer, e-mail, saving and writing electronic documents and navigating the Internet. Additionally, your computer will need to meet our minimum technology standards in order to access online course content. Make sure to check our technology requirements. Our technical requirements are listed on our Support page.

20. I’ve never taken an online course before. Will I receive any training?

As a Pitt Online student, you will have access to our online Student Orientation course, tutorials and the student handbook. Additionally you’ll have access to our 24/7 technical resources to support any questions about the online course system and materials.

21. What are the requirements?

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Admissions decisions will be made based on professional experience, academic credentials, and a personal statement. In some instances an interview (online or via phone) may be required. 

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