The Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies is a professional development/academic enhancement program. Students enrolled in this program are considered non-degree students and thus are not eligible for some programs offered to Cornell degree students, including:
- student-based employment,
- Cornell-supported financial aid, and
- Cornell Installment Plan for paying tuition.
However, because this is a year-long program, students are eligible for:
- Cornell's student health insurance plan,
- deferment of their undergraduate student loans,
- federal student loans as fifth-year undergraduates,
- access to Cornell's library system,
- health services (fee for service) at Cornell Health, and
- free local public transportation on weekends and after 6:00 p.m. weekdays.
Other professional benefits gained by completion of the Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies include:
- an increase in understanding of the health-care process,
- broader insight into career opportunities,
- preparation for further study in health care,
- enhanced academic transcript and resumé,
- development and strengthening of decision-making and leadership skills in health-care situations
- continued advising for professional school application following graduation, and
- receipt of a certificate (or certificate with distinction) in health studies.