Frequently Asked Questions

What is healthcare advocacy?

Health advocates are professionals who seek to make sure that every individual receives quality health care. Health advocacy encompasses direct service to the patient or family, as well as activities that promote health and access to healthcare in communities. Advocates support and promote the rights of the patient in the healthcare arena, help to improve community health and enhance health policy initiatives focused on available, safe and quality care.

Who are your typical healthcare advocacy students?

We have a diverse array of students enrolled in the HMA Program. Each class is composed of students arriving immediately after high school, students who transfer from a community college, students who are former allied health majors from other colleges and students who are changing their careers. Students from 18 states and 6 countries currently attend Southern Vermont College. 

Many students work and/or take classes in addition to managing families and careers.

All students share the desire to contribute to positive change in the healthcare system to make it more effective, accessible and responsive to patient’s needs.

What is the application process and timeline?

The preferred application deadline is March 15. After that, applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis until all available spots are filled.

How many applicants are accepted each year?

We can accept a maximum of 30 students per year in the HMA Program.

Can I enroll in the program on a part-time basis?

Yes. Many students successfully enroll in and complete the HMA Program on a part-time basis.

How long does it take to complete the program?

New full-time College students complete the Program in four years. Transfer students possessing an associate's degree can complete the Program in two years.

How much time is spent in healthcare practica?

Students are required to complete a minimum of 300 hours of supervised fieldwork with clients in selected healthcare settings. Practicum hours are in addition to time spent in classes.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

You can contact faculty members Scott Stein at or Stacey Hills at

Can I visit Southern Vermont College and the Program in Healthcare Management and Advocacy?

Yes. Please contact the Admissions Office. We encourage applicants to visit the campus.

What are the tuition costs?

The tuition and fee schedule can be found here.

What kind of financial aid is available and how do I apply?

There are many sources of financial aid available at SVC. All applicants will receive a booklet on available financial aid options. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services.