The D.M.F.T. is offered residentially and takes a minimum of three years to complete the program. Full-time enrollment is considered to be at least nine credit hours per term, including the summer. Students must be enrolled full-time for the majority of their program to complete the program in the allotted 7 year timeframe. Once students complete their Clinical Portfolio, they can conduct their external practicums at the same time as their Applied Clinical Project (ACP) courses. Students are considered full time when enrolled for 3 ACP credits. If a student requires more than the two terms of ACP, they can take an additional term to complete the program. Students must be continually enrolled in classes in order to remain active the program. If a student cannot take classes due to unforeseen circumstances, they will need to apply for a Leave of Absence.
Doctoral students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Students will use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.