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1 B-CU COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES HEALTH CAREERS PROGRAM ASIA-LIGE ARNOLD, MS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

2 COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES WE ARE E.P.I.C.!! Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH - Executive Dean Asia-Lige Arnold, MS Program Director Anthony T. Chapman Administrative Assistant School of Nursing, Department of Aging Studies, Department of Psychology, Department of Counseling, Department of Public Health, Athletic Training minor, Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity, and Health Careers Program Here for YOUR success in pursuing careers or entry to graduate / professional school!

3 HEALTH CAREERS PROGRAM College of Health Sciences & School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Some of our goals: Prepare pre-professional students in becoming competitive and successful applicants to health professional programs. Facilitate opportunities for students to gain experience and network with local health professionals.

4 WHAT DOES PRE-PROFESSIONAL MEAN? Preparing for health professional school, i.e., medical school, where you receive training for a career in specific health-related field and/or specialized education. Pre-professional is not considered a major or minor. A pre-professional student is not required to major in the sciences, but it is highly recommended.

5 PROFESSIONAL VS. GRADUATE SCHOOL Professional school = Training for a career in specific field and acquiring specialized education Earn a professional degree, i.e., M.D., D.D.S., Pharm.D., D.P.T. Graduate school = Mastering a field, research and/or thesis-oriented Earn a Master s or Ph.D. Options available for dual degree programs, i.e., MD/MPH or MD/PhD

6 HEALTH CAREERS PROGRAM AREAS Pre-Medicine Pre-Dentistry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Veterinary Pre-Chiropractic

7 PROGRESSION TO TERMINAL DEGREE Undergraduate Health Professional School Length of Program Degree Pre-Medicine Medical School 4 years M.D. Pre-Dentistry Dental School 4 years D.D.S., D.M.D. Pre-Pharmacy Pharmacy School 4 years Pharm.D. Pre-Physical Therapy Physical Therapy School 3 years D.P.T. Pre-Veterinary Veterinary School 4 years D.V.M. Pre-Chiropractic Chiropractic School 4 years D.C.

8 CAREERS & SALARY OUTLOOK ( ) Professional Projected Employment Median Annual Wage 2012 Physicians and surgeons 18% $220,94 (prim care phys) Dentists 16% $149,310 Pharmacists 14% $116,670 Physical Therapists 36% $79,860 Chiropractors 15% $66,160 Veterinarians 12% $84,460 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

9 HEALTH CAREERS PROGRAM Program components: Academic advising (working with success coaches), pre-requisites, summer programs, volunteer/shadowing/intern opportunities, admission requirements, test preparation, application assistance, events, Health Professional Advisory Board Supports Pre-Med Society and other student organizations (interest in forming new?) Do not have to be a science major to be in pre-professional program.

10 REQUIREMENTS To participate in the Health Careers Program and be eligible to receive Advisory Board recommendations for programs and professional school application, students must: Register with the Health Careers Program office in the beginning of the fall semester each academic school year. Schedule at least one advising session with Ms. Walker, Assistant Dean, within the first 5 weeks of the academic semester. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Attend a minimum of 5 HCP events throughout the year. Volunteer, perform community service, attend a summer program, conduct research, intern or shadow a health professional in chosen discipline for a minimum of 50 hours each year. Additional hours may be required according to the chosen health professional school requirements.

11 HCP COMPONENTS Academic advising Pre-requisites Courses required by professional schools Starting in October - Summer programs, volunteer/shadowing/intern opportunities Overall admission requirements Entrance exams MCAT, PCAT, etc. Application systems AMCAS, AADSAS, etc. Interview Skills Financial Aid

12 I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR, WHY IS RESEARCH IMPORTANT? Research is essential for the advancement of health and biomedical science and is the foundation of public health, government, and the practice of medicine and other disciplines. Engage in process of scientific inquiry Understand statistical reasoning Learn to formulate research questions Design research studies Present and/or publish findings New MCAT2015 tests knowledge and use of research methods and statistics

13 INTERDISCIPLINARY CHS ACTIVITIES Health Careers Program Workshops Every Other Wednesday 5:15 pm L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing, Lucille O Neal Lecture Hall Health Professions Student Symposium Third Thursday of each month Noon L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing, Lucille O Neal Lecture Hall Executive Dean s Lecture Second Thursday of each month Noon L. Gale Lemerand School of Nursing Lucille O Neal Lecture Hall

14 WHEN TO PREPARE? NOW, NOW AND NOW! Keys to success: Preparation, Perseverance, and Passion NOW = Success starts in your mind and beliefs NOW = Look ahead and work backwards NOW = Going to class, getting to know your professors, striving for the best grades You are E.P.I.C.! Ethical, Professional, Interdisciplinary, Competent

15 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES B-CU Student Success Coaches College of Health Sciences & School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Departments, Programs, Faculty, Staff Career Services Tutoring Lab Health Professional Schools Health Professionals in local area or in your home city

16 LET S CONNECT FOR YOUR SUCCESS! We are on Facebook! /bcuhealthsciences Asia-Lige Arnold, Program Director, College of Health Sciences L. Gale Lemerand Nursing Building, Room Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30p 5:30p

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