Executive Practice Management™: Requirements & Policies

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Requirements

COURSE PREREQUISITES

Students must be practicing, actively-licensed dentists, newly graduated dentists, or graduating dentists in dental school, to be accepted to the Executive Practice Management™ Program.

COURSE CREDITS

This course is 189 credit hours towards the practice management biennium requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT

The College of Dentistry reserves the right to accept only qualified dentists who meet the criteria with no barriers to academic success as applicants for this postdoctoral program. Each prospective candidate must submit a formal application and complete a telephone interview with the program’s Director. If a candidate is absent from one or more sub-courses in a major course he/she may take the sub-course the next time it is offered without penalty and at the prevailing rate for the module at that time. The University of Florida and ADA/CERP require that credit be awarded only for those hours in virtual attendance or for assignments completed. If a candidate has completed only a part of a major course he/she will have a period of three years to complete the component subject area. After that time the entire major course must be retaken and full fees paid. All course work is presented in English only.

REQUIRED MATERIALS

All materials will be made available on the website.

Materials supplied by each enrolled dentist

1. Portable Laptop Computer (Less than one year old for maximum speed) – with the following software stalled.

2. The latest Windows Professional version

3. The latest Microsoft Office -Full Version with MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint version

4. The latest Quickbooks Premier version Software

5. Calculator (Can use cell phone if it contains a sufficient calculator)

6. Textbooks (online or hard copy) will be required purchases by enrolled students at various intervals within the 13 month program. A list will be provided to each enrolled studen

7. Myers-Briggs Personality Testing Fee

Materials supplied by the University of Florida:

1. Access to UF’s Online Webcourse

2. All course materials, lectures, active discussion boards, instructions and assignments online

3. Access to video chat and/or phone discussions with the Course Instructor, by appointment, during each paid module

  1. Lynda.com tutorials are provided to each enrolled cohort member, at no additional charge, to complete in advance of the course/module start date. Instructions for accessing the Lynda.com tutorials through the UF Webcourse will be provided to each enrolled dentist upon completion of full registration and payment. Dentists who complete the tutorials on MS Office, QuickBooks , and other software to be used, ultimately reduce their homework time dramatically due to the familiarity of the software through Lynda.com. These tutorials should be completed prior to beginning the course, or one month prior to each corresponding module.

SUPPLEMENTARY/ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:

Each enrolled cohort member must have sufficient reliable internet service and speed for use of the UF Webcourse, the ‘eCommunity’ Discussion Blogs, Skype, IMO, or FaceTime, and email access. Additional material may consist of text readings, case studies, articles, and worksheets that supplement and enhance the topics of each monthly module. These will be located as MS Word documents or hyperlinks inside the UF Webcourse, or will be emailed to the student by the Instructor.

*FREE access to Lynda.com tutorials. These tutorials should be completed prior to beginning the course, or one month prior to each corresponding module.

 


Policies

Cancellation/Refund Policy

There is no refund for individual session fees. Instead, the session fee will be transferred to the next month. If a participant must be absent for a particular month’s session, he/she can make that session up with the next year’s class at the prevailing rate for the next class’s per session fee. It is the responsibility of the participant to notify the course Instructor and registrar if a potential conflict or emergency arises that may impact the attendance requirements for this course.

Continuing Dental Education reserves the right to modify or cancel a course when circumstances warrant. Dates, course content, fees, or faculty will be changed only when unavoidable.

COURSE POLICIES REGARDING GRADES

Late Work Policy:

All work is expected to be turned in on time (prior to the next monthly module) in the appropriate area of this online course. Barring a documented medical emergency, late work is discouraged and negatively impacts both the student and instructor’s schedule. This is a dynamic environment and the schedule may change during the semester. Check your email and the course home page for announcements indicating change, at least three times per week. Deliverables will be due no later than one month from their assigned dates.

COURSE POLICIES: TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA

Lynda.com

Lynda.com tutorials are provided to each enrolled cohort member, at no additional charge, to complete in advance of the course start date. Instructions for accessing the Lynda.com tutorials through the UF Webcourse will be provided to each enrolled dentist upon completion of full registration and payment. Dentists who complete the tutorials on MS Office, QuickBooks , and other software to be used, ultimately reduce their homework time dramatically due to the familiarity of the software through Lynda.com. These tutorials should be completed prior to beginning the course, or one month prior to each corresponding module.

Email

Email through the Webcourse will be the primary source of communication in this online course between monthly modules. The average response time for email is 24-48 hours during the work week and 48 hours on weekends and holidays. Students will be expected to have daily access to the internet and Webcourse email, since your instructor will be emailing students about assignment updates, additions and changes. All email will be conducted through the UF web course, for ease of tracking.

Discussion Blogs:

This course will use online Discussion Boards as an eCommunity platform for networking and discussions. Instructions for account set up are provided within the UF Webcourse. Discussion board postings will be submitted throughout each monthly module by cohort members.

Internet Access:

Reliable computer and internet access is critical for the successful completion of this course. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure computers and internet access are both reliable. In the event of a technical issue, contact Online Support at http://helpdesk.ufl.edu/ for assistance.

UF Webcourse:

This course includes an extensive online Webcourse and eCommunity; thus, students are encouraged to log on to the Webcourse at least once daily. Dr. Driscoll will provide information that is disseminated via the Webcourse between each module.  In the event of a campus wide emergency or campus wide computer failure, you may contact Dr. Driscoll at 407-252-0471.

Course Policies on Student Expectation

Attendance:

Virtual attendance and engagement during the monthly modules as well as the online coursework is expected. Modules within this program tie-in to each other, however, this program may be taken in an ‘a la carte’ fashion, with the Course Instructor’s approval. Please notify the Course Instructor and registrar if a potential conflict or emergency arises that may impact the online attendance requirements for this course. Full certificates of completion nor CEU’s will be provided nor reported until full online attendance requirements and course completion is achieved.

Administrators may attend specified modules, with their dentist employer, for the fee of $549.00 paid one month prior to specified module (See Modules 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11.)

Assignments:

Each Module contains assignments which will need to be completed by each enrolled dentist either individually or within a potential team-based environment, in order to receive the course CEUs. These assignments should be considered homework to be completed between the monthly modules, in a timely fashion. Due dates for each month’s assignments are listed within the UF Webcourse, where dentists and teams will be submitting their completed Module Assignments. The estimated time for completion of monthly homework assignments is solely dependent on each enrolled dentist’s familiarity with the course software, and their individual computer skills. Therefore, dentists are strongly encouraged to complete the Lynda.com software tutorials as soon as possible to increase their knowledge, skills, and familiarity with the computer and course software. Monthly homework assignments can take between 4-15 hours to complete, depending on the dentist’s time management, computer and software skills. Due to the varying length of time dentists may take to complete these assignments, CEUs earned for each Module will include both virtual attendance and completion of each Module’s Assignments. CEU’s will be distributed upon successful completion of both virtual attendance and assignments for each monthly Module.

Disability Access:

The University of Florida is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. This course is compliant with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This syllabus is available in alternate formats upon request. Students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course should contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to discuss needed accommodations.

Academic Conduct Policy:

Academic honesty is an expected requirement of all students at the University of Florida.  Each student is required to complete all course work on his or her own.

Learning Methodology:

This is a course that is structured to foster learning from your peers as well as from your instructor. The face-to-face meetings will incorporate both lecture and interactive, hands-on learning activities. The learning process continues in-between monthly meetings through the participation inside the UF Webcourse, and discussions held within the course Discussion Blogs. Because the online environment is a somewhat self-directed learning environment, it is important that we are all attentive to supporting the learning eCommunity. As members of the learning community, students are encouraged to help everyone grow by contributing materials and comments. You each have much to offer, by your questions, your contributions, and your presence. While you aren’t graded on your community-building efforts, experience shows that the learning process is significantly enhanced by this activity. Online discussions are not graded, however, they are an important and integral form of “attendance”. Your successful completion of this 13-month program includes your participation (or lack thereof) in online discussions.

Student Academic Regulations

Withdrawal From and Reentry Into Executive Practice Management™ Program for Dentists

Registered postdoctoral students may request a break in the program and be reinstated within three years without loss of accumulated credit, provided that all fees are paid and the student is reregistered with the Executive Practice Management™ Program for Dentists. Fees per weekend session will be assessed at the current rate at time of re-entry.

Graduation

Postdoctural students completing the prescribed course of study, upon recommendation of the program director, will be granted a Certificate of Completion in the Executive Practice Management™ Program for Dentists by the University of Florida College of Dentistry.

Dental educational institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a dental continuing education course by the University of Florida does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure or product by this institution. Continuing education courses do not necessarily reflect the philosophies of the University of Florida predoctoral or post-doctoral training programs.