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1 B-CU COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES HEALTH CAREERS PROGRAM NONI WALKER, MPH, CWC ASSISTANT DEAN

2 COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES – WE ARE E.P.I.C.!! Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH - Executive Dean Noni Walker, MPH, CWC – Assistant Dean, Program Development Anthony T. Chapman – Administrative Assistant  School of Nursing, Department of Aging Studies, Department of Psychology, 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 UndergraduateHealth Professional School Length of ProgramDegree Pre-Medicine Medical School 4 years M.D. Pre-Dentistry Dental School 4 yearsD.D.S., D.M.D. Pre-Pharmacy Pharmacy School4 years Pharm.D. Pre-Physical Therapy Physical Therapy School3 years D.P.T. Pre-Veterinary Veterinary School4 yearsD.V.M. Pre-Chiropractic Chiropractic School4 yearsD.C.

8 CAREERS & SALARY OUTLOOK (2012 – 2022) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook ProfessionalProjected EmploymentMedian Annual Wage 2012 Physicians and surgeons18%$220,94 (prim care phys) Dentists16%$149,310 Pharmacists14%$116,670 Physical Therapists36%$79,860 Chiropractors15%$66,160 Veterinarians12%$84,460

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  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 Noni Walker, Assistant Dean, College of Health Sciences L. Gale Lemerand Nursing Building, Room Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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