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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

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PPHS 1200: Intro to Health Professions (1) Offerings
This course provides the incoming freshman with an overview of professional health sciences as a career and the academic requirements to gain acceptance to these advanced programs. Since these programs are graduate level degree programs in health careers, our pre-requisite coursework pathway is called Pre-Professional Health Sciences. This Orientation course is required of all incoming freshmen interested in these careers after graduation. This course will focus on the following careers: Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine. This class will briefly cover these careers: Public Health, Podiatry, Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Graduate-level nursing programs and other bachelor level and associate degree level careers such as Dental Hygiene, X-ray technology, Optician and Veterinary Assistant (to name a few) will only briefly be discussed because this course is primarily geared for preparation toward graduate level training in health careers. Grading: Pass/No Credit; community service component required. May be repeated for credit up to 2 credits.
PPHS 1800: Health Care Career Seminar (1) Offerings
Prerequisite: CHM 1211 or BIO 2101 or BIO 2129 and 2130 or permission of Instructor. This seminar course is required of all continuing pre-professional health sciences (PPHS) students, incoming transfer students interested in PPHS, or SPU students new to the PPHS program. The vocational impact of graduate level careers in the Health Sciences will be discussed with health care providers in the fields of Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine and Graduate Nursing. Additional health care providers will present as opportunities arise. Specific topics will include initial field experience needed for each career track (such as shadowing, volunteering or employment), typical work weeks, demand on family, insurance, pay expectations, medical missions, armed services related careers, specializations, debt incurred in training, and most importantly, vocational impact on Christian faith. Continued discussion on academic preparation will occur. Grading: Pass/No Credit. Job shadowing, informational interview and/or volunteering with a summary paper required. All students that plan to pursue the PPHS sponsored "mock interview and committee recommendation" process for medical school or dental school applications at any time in the future years are expected to take this course. May be repeated for credit up to 3 credits.
PPHS 2400: Application Workshop (2) Offerings
Prerequisites: PPHS 1800 and (CHM 3371 or PHY 1101, or PHY 1121), or permission of Instructor. This workshop course is required of all continuing pre-professional health sciences (PPHS) students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The focus of this workshop course is to prepare students to successfully navigate the application and testing process for medical and dental schools especially. Special sessions will focus on application processes for other PPHS fields as well, including Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine. The workshop will cover in detail the application timeline, the required steps for each application and pre-requisites to the required standardized tests for each of the fields. In addition the course will cover in depth approaches to essay writing, the personal statement completion, interview skills and the interview process. The process for obtaining letters of recommendation as well as the steps toward the "in-house" PPHS mock interview and committee review will be covered. Resources from the SPU Career Center will be utilized for this course. Grading: Pass/No Pass. Personal Statement and Essay Writing required. All students that plan to pursue the PPHS sponsored "mock interview and committee recommendation" process for medical school or dental school applications at any time in the future years are expected to take this course. May be repeated for credit up to 4 credits.
PPHS 3980: Preprofes Health Sci Field Exp (1-2) Offerings
A health care experience course arranged by the student and agreed upon by the instructor on an individual basis. This course is optional but should be done in the junior or senior year. It includes several components: an actual field experience as "an invited guest observer" in a professional work setting to see a variety of health care activities and to talk formally and informally to professionals who are in various stages of training and practice; a journal of these experiences; a final paper or project on the profession to be submitted to the instructor; and readings on ethical dilemmas in the field. May be repeated for credit up to 4 credits.
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