HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

The NWSCS Canine Studies program runs 10-12 weeks, depending on the calendar. For specific information about the session(s) you’re interested in, see Admissions.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO APPLY ACTUALLY GET IN?

The percentage of applications we accept varies greatly from year to year based mostly on strength of the applicant pool. Some years we’ve accepted as many as 80%, other years as few as 50%.

THE SCHOOL IS STATE LICENSED; WHY AREN'T FINANCIAL AIDE AND ALTERNATIVE LOANS AVAILABLE?
Unfortunately, the economic climate has resulted in Sallie Mae suspending all new loans to schools licensed after 2006. On the advisement of Sallie Mae, the NWSCS checks the federal loan offices every six months for updates. While no new loan options are anticipated in the future, the website will be updated immediately if this should change.

HOW COME SOME CLASSES ARE FILLED TO CAPACITY WHEREAS OTHERS ARE ONLY PARTIALLY FULL?
The NWSCS prides itself on its personal application review process.  Because of the commitment to preserving the quality of the in-class experience as well as the reputation of the school itself, the program may not be suited for all applicants. As a result, the NWSCS may deny the applications of a varying number of applicants per session. This number ranges greatly from session to session resulting in varying class sizes.

HAS THE PROFESSIONAL COMPANION ANIMAL FIELD BEEN IMPACTED BY THE STRUGGLING ECONOMY OR IS IT REALISTIC TO CONSIDER A CAREER IN THE AREA?
Despite the decline in many areas of commerce, companion animal ownership industries seem greatly unaffected. The category has enjoyed continued growth year over year throughout the past decade. A decline or slowing of this growth is not anticipated at this time.

IS THE CANINE STUDIES PROGRAM A GOOD CHOICE FOR ME IF I WANT TO WORK IN THE SERVICE DOG/THERAPY DOG FIELD?
Graduates of the NWSCS enjoy careers in a broad range of specialties including service/therapy dog work. Because of the very broad and complicated structure of the therapy/service field, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the NWSCS to discuss goals and answer questions prior to applying.


WHY DOES THE NWSCS REQUIRE APPLICANTS TO HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAS ONE YEAR OF COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION BEFORE APPLYING?
The material presented during the CCS program is advanced and it draws from many disciplines including cognitive science, animal behavior, learning theory, behaviorism, etc.. Further, the program is intensive and students are presented with ethically challenging and emotionally provocative material. The NWSCS has found that applicants who have had at least a little college tend to fare better in this setting and help to promote a safe, smart, progressive classroom environment. Exceptions to this requirement are considered on a case-by-case basis at the time of application.

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DOES THE NWSCS FOCUS ON?
NWSCS Director, Cristine Dahl, is uniquely qualified to teach a variety of methodologies spanning all current and past popular training techniques. A crossover trainer herself, Cristine has done it all and can speak to both competing and complementary training approaches.  While theoretical and practical material taught at the NWSCS spans several schools of practice, the school’s dedication to proven humane training is unwavering.

I ALREADY KNOW A LOT ABOUT DOGS. HOW WILL A CCS SERVE ME IN THE CANINE BEHAVIOR FIELD?
Because of the unregulated nature of the profession, the vast majority of present-day trainers and behavior modification practitioners lack formal education and thus adequate ability. Great strides are being made to overcome these deficits and the NWSCS is playing a key role in that evolution.  The specific answer to this question will vary from student to student.  However, all students earning the CCS have proven a superior understanding of animal learning theory and companion canine behavior compared to the majority of trainers and behavior experts currently in the field.

I WANT TO VISIT THE FACILITY, SPEAK TO PAST/CURRENT STUDENTS AND OBSERVE CLASSES BEFORE I APPLY. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Yes, yes, and YES! We are always delighted to meet with students considering application to view the facility and answer any questions the applicant has. A current list of graduates is also available for serious students considering application and is provided upon request.  Students are also encouraged to arrange a visit during an actual NWSCS class when in session. 


I NOTICE THAT THE SCHOOL DOES NOT OFFER CEUs FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, NOR IS IT CERTIFIED THROUGH THOSE BODIES (IAABC, APDT, ETC). WHY IS THAT?

Like other schools in its class, the NWSCS is not governed by another educational body; it stands on its own practice and merit with licensing and certification via the state education board. This allows us to be clear of conflict of interest in the material we teach, and bring the most cutting-edge, new, information and experience available without the red-tape of industry approval. We will not be seeking approval from any organization.

If you have questions not answered here, please contact us.

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Prospective Students: if you’d like to talk to NWSCS graduates about their experience, please contact us. We can provide a list of grads who have agreed to be available to answer your questions.