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Professional Healthcare Preparation Minor and Certificate

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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Pre-Health Early Acceptance

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.

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Pre-Health Minor Curricular Requirements

The minor will require 7 courses (18 credit hours): two PHP courses one from each of the five remaining categories. Students must complete both of the requirements in the experiential course work. See the details of the minor here.

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Pre-Health Certificate Curricular Requirements

The certificate program consists of 5 courses (12 credit hours). Students must take both PHP 121 and 124. Students then choose three more 3-credit courses from any of the remaining categories. Of those three courses, two must come from different categories. Students must meet the experiential requirement by shadowing a healthcare provider. See the details of the certificate requirements.

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Pre-Health Experiential Requirements

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

Pre-Health Course Categories

A) Required Courses

B) Understanding the Patient

C) The Ethics of Care

D) Communication in Healthcare Settings

E) Managing Healthcare

F) Elective Courses

G) Experiential Requirements