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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Science (SC)

SC 201 Medical Professions (1) Learn about the different medical professions and related subjects.

SC 201 Medical Professions (1)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with general information on the different health professions and various related subjects as potential career options. Many students come to the university with an interest in pursing a health profession but do not have a clear idea of what kind of work is involved in the particular profession of their choice. Moreover, students often are not aware that there are other health career options available. This one-credit course is targeted to all students that have a general interest in health and science, and may include students in the following majors: premedicine, science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, forensic science, nursing, kinesiology, nutrition, and biobehavioral health. Some of the professions discussed are: allopathic and osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, dentistry, maxillo-facial surgery, optometry, audiology, genetic counseling, nursing, podiatry, and pharmacy. In addition to describing the professions, time is spent talking about academic preparation for specific professions and the application process for admission to health profession schools. Furthermore, the nature of various health profession training programs are described , as well as how students obtain tuition funds for payment of such programs. One week’s topic generally focuses on health profession training outside the United States (e.g., foreign medical schools). This course is structured as a seminar course; all lectures are given by invited speakers. The speakers talk about the profession in general and may give specific information about the particular school they attend or currently work at. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the health careers and also to interact with the speakers after the class, where they might ask specific questions pertaining to their suitability as an applicant. The course will meet in the evenings, for one hour, one day a week, for 15 weeks. The students that enroll in this course receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade based on attendance only (there are no exams, quizzes or written reports). Students may miss up to three classes during the fifteen week session. Therefore, students that attend twelve of the fifteen lectures will receive a satisfactory grade. If a student needs to miss class due to an evening exam, they will need to fill out an Excused Absence Form, which can be obtained from the instructor (no other activities are excusable except for athletic competitions for students in varsity teams).


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.