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Professional Healthcare Preparation Minor and Certificate Program

Get a head start on your medical career with our professional healthcare preparation minor or certificate. This program complements your major, emphasizing knowledge about career options in healthcare, communication, ethics, management, and compassionate care.

Our innovative courses, combined with hands-on experiential learning will help you understand the evolving healthcare environment and anticipate its future needs. You’ll have the opportunities to shadow healthcare providers and to gain experience through medical immersion trips, internships, or research at area healthcare organizations.

The program is ideal for students participating in our early acceptance and preferred admission programs with medical and professional schools.

Get a Head Start on Medical or Professional School

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The Professional Healthcare Preparation Minor and Certificate Program is ideal for students participating in our early acceptance and preferred admission programs with medical and professional schools. These partnerships allow you to apply for admission to these schools as early as your senior year of high school.

For more information about the Professional Healthcare Preparation Minor and Certificate Program, view the minor and certificate requirements.

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Minor in Professional Healthcare Preparation Program Curricular Requirements

Minor Requirements

The minor will require seven courses (18 hours): one from each of the seven categories. Students must complete two requirements (1&2) in the experiential coursework.

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Certificate in Professional Healthcare Preparation Program Curricular Requirements

The certificate program will consist of five courses (12 credit hours). Students must take course A and B. Students then choose three more three-credit courses from any of the remaining categories. Of those three courses two must come from different categories. Students meet the experiential requirement through #1, shadowing.

A

Survey of Healthcare Professions (1 credit)

B

Introduction to Health Care: The Contect of Care-giving (2 credits)

C

Understanding the Patient (3 credits)

Students may choose one of the following courses:

  • “Healers, Patients, and Cultural Competence”
  • Culture, Environment, and Global Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Biomedical Humanities
D

The Ethics of Care

E

Communication in Healthcare Settings (3 credits)

Students may choose one of the following courses:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Healthcare Communications
  • Advanced Writing: Medical Science Writing
F

Managing Healthcare (3 credits)

G

Elective Courses (3 credits)

Students may choose one of the following courses:

  • Public Health in the U.S. Society
  • Family Violence
  • Aging, Health, and Society
  • Sociology of Death and Dying
  • Sexuality and Sexual Behavior
  • Poverty, Welfare and Social Justice in the U.S.
  • Poverty and Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychology of Autism
  • Psychopharmacology
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Experiential Requirements

1. Shadowing

Students must spend a minimum of 40 hours shadowing no less than two healthcare providers (0 credit)

2. Students studying for a minor must participate in one of the following activities:

  • Research at external site or at JCU with faculty member
  • Internship at approved site.
  • Participation in medical immersion trip sponsored by JCU or other approved sponsor.
  • Participation in Summer Field Experience.
  • Service Learning related to health arranged via Center for Service and Social Action (must be a full semester)