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E34 Connecting with Healthcare Admissions


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This informational session will focus on the application processes and admission practices for professional healthcare programs such as, pharmacy, nursing, dental, and medical school. Suggestions on what high school courses and prep classes students should take to prepare for undergraduate pre-health programs. Recommendations for classes that undergraduates should be taking will also be provided.This session will be useful for high school counselors who are advising students with an interest in healthcare and for admission counselors looking to direct students in pre-health majors to options after graduation.

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E34 Connecting with Healthcare Admissions

  1. 1. Connecting withHealthcare Admissions PRESENTERS: Kerry Mortenson Midwestern University Michelle Adams Elmhurst College Shaun Keating Roosevelt University Jean Shelton Rosalind Franklin University
  2. 2. Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-IllinoisStudy in suburban comfort and safety as you create a great life at Midwestern Universitys Downers Grove campus, only 25 miles west of Chicagos metropolitan center. Our beautiful, wooded, 105-acre location feels just like home, with several housing options, clubs, activities, and organizations that provide a great environment for your success.
  3. 3. College of Dental Medicine-Illinois Fast FactsDegree: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)Length: 4 yearsClass Size: 125Application Service: Associated AmericanDental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
  4. 4. College of Dental Medicine-Illinois AdmissionsTo be eligible for enrollment:•An applicant must earn a bachelors degree from aregionally accredited college or university•Possess a science and cumulative GPA over 2.75*(although 3.20 will generally be competitivelynecessary) on a 4.00 scale.•A bachelors degree must be completed beforestarting the program.
  5. 5. CDMI Admissions cont. Completion of the prerequisite courseworkBiology with lab 8 Semester 12 QuarterGeneral Chemistry with lab 8 Semester 12 QuarterOrganic Chemistry with lab 4 Semester 6 QuarterAnatomy with lab* 4 Semester 6 QuarterMicrobiology with lab 4 Semester 6 QuarterPhysics with lab 8 Semester 12 QuarterPhysiology* 4 Semester 6 QuarterBiochemistry 3 Semester 4 QuarterEnglish Composition 6 Semester 9 QuarterAll science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses willcount to fulfill science requirements.
  6. 6. CDMI Admissions cont. Competitive exam scores onthe Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)• Scores in the area of 18 or higher will be expected forthe Academic Average, Reading Comprehension, andPerceptual Ability sections• Only DAT exam scores earned from tests taken nomore than 3 years prior to matriculation areacceptable Three letters of recommendation•One must be from either a pre-dental/pre-medicaladvisory committee or a science professor•CDMI prefers other letters from either someone witha D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/orprofessionals who can testify to the integrity andethical standards of the applicant
  7. 7. CDMI Curriculum•Integrated basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences•Preclinical simulation•Lecture, small-group and case-based education•Practical clinical dentistry•Community clinical rotationsIn the first two years:CDMI’s professional education will consist of dental medicine classroom instruction andlaboratory work emphasizes anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, clinicalsciences, and laboratory techniques.During the last two years:Students will treat patients under the supervision of licensed dentists. Licensure is requiredfor professional dental practice.
  8. 8. CDMI Career OpportunitiesGeneral dental practiceGraduate education in any of the dentalspecialtiesArmed services (military)Public Health Service or Indian Health ServiceDental industryDental educationAdministration2010 Median Pay $146,920 per year /$70.64per hourJob OutlookEmployment of dentists is expected to grow by 21percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average forall occupations. Dentists will continue to see an increasein public demand for their services as studies continueto link oral health to overall health. Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  9. 9. Who is CDMI looking for?: If you have students that have good visual memory; excellent judgment regarding space, shape, and color; a high degree ofmanual dexterity; scientific aptitude; good business sense; self-discipline; good communication skills; and they enjoy knowing adiverse range of people from different backgrounds, a career in dental medicine may be just right for them.
  10. 10. Elmhurst College NursingPreparation, Admission and Career Opportunities
  11. 11. PreparationHigh School Level – Solid in math and science courses • Anatomy/Physiology and Chemistry – Statistics show correlation between ACT score of 22 and passing the NCLEX-RN – AP exams in Statistics, Psychology, Calculus and Chemistry fulfill nursing prerequisites – If interested in BSN, CNA classes are not required, but can provide practical training
  12. 12. PreparationCollege Level – Knowing your major before entering college is key – Exact advising, especially if transferring – A and B grades in all prerequisite courses – C or better in all nursing courses • C- or below can mean dismissal from the program – Time management, working under pressure – Do not count on admission to a program – Treat your studies like a full time job – 40 hrs/week – Plan to work less – Over 20 hours a week can negatively impact coursework
  13. 13. Students should think about…• Do I want this for reasons other than just helping people?• Am I prepared for the challenging road ahead?• Am I ready to focus on my career even during my college years in terms of determination?• Do I understand the commitment that the nurse makes to the profession? – Long days – Working weekends – Working holidays – Physically and emotionally demanding
  14. 14. Characteristics of a Nursing Program Candidate• Academically strong• Good with math, science, thinking analytically• Problem solving and ability to troubleshoot• Observation and assessment capabilities• Quick on one’s feet• Physically healthy – Must be able to have weight bearing on limbs – Must be able to execute certain movements for patient care• Leadership skills• Communication and collaboration
  15. 15. Admission• Two types of admission – Direct admit – Separate application required• All are competitive in nature• Strict GPA requirements – Cumulative – Within the science prerequisites• Entrance exams• Letters of Recommendation• Personal Statement – Nursing is a scientific profession, not just helping people
  16. 16. Career OutlookBSN vs RN – BSNs are hired at a greater level than RNs – Many upper tier hospitals have received magnet status meaning they must hire BSNs due to the level of care required – BSN in Ten – proposed law for IL in which RNs will have 10 years to complete the BSN or will no longer be allowed to practice – Statistics show lower mortality rates within hospitals where most nurses possess BSN degrees
  17. 17. Career Outlook• Anywhere from community settings to private corporations – Hospitals – Rehabilitation centers – Nursing homes – Clinics – Schools – Physician offices• Masters/Doctoral Opportunities – Nurse Practitioner – Expert in Health Care Informatics – Nurse Researcher – Nurse Educator
  18. 18. Roosevelt UniversityCollege of Pharmacy Commitment Competence Compassion
  19. 19. Pharmacy Preparation Students can begin preparation for pharmacy doctoral programs in high school.• AP classes that count towards undergraduate requirements: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Stats, Economics, English• Healthcare related work or volunteer experience.• Job shadowing.• Pharm Tech License when a student turns 18.• High School Explorers at Midwestern and UIC.• Roosevelt Pharmacy Lab Days and Pharmacy Camp.• HS Students should look for dual admission or articulation agreements.
  20. 20. Pharmacy Preparation for Under-Grads Most Pharmacy Programs do notrequire a student to have earned aBS/BA for entrance into a doctoral program. However, the typical applicant to Pharmacy Doctoral programs will follow a Biology or Chemistrydegree tract prior to applying to a PharmD. Under-Grads face a competitive application process: 22,000 applications for under 9,000 seats ( 2011)
  21. 21. Pre-Pharmacy Course WorkClasses listed below are the “typical” classes an undergrad needs to completebefore entering into a PharmD program. Natural Science – 37 semester hours minimum General Biology I with Laboratory General Biology II with Laboratory Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory ***Microbiology*** General Chemistry I with Laboratory General Chemistry II with Laboratory Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory Physics with Laboratory Math and Economics – 9 semester hours minimum Calculus ***Economics (micro or macro)*** Statistics (general or biostatistics) Written and Oral Communication – 9 semester hours minimum English Composition I English Composition II Speech Communication General Education Electives – 12 semester hours minimum ***Humanities Courses (no studio or performance)*** ***Social and Behavioral Science Courses*** Other recommended classes: Medical Terminology, BioChemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Microscopy, Medical Ethics,
  22. 22. Pharmacy AdmissionApplicants are reviewed for an interview on the following criteria (in no particular order): Competition of PharmCAS Application **Completion of Supplemental Application Cumulative grade point average Science and math grade point average Completion of the pre-pharmacy curriculum Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) score (required) Letters of recommendation (required) Candidate essays Health related work experience (preferred, not required) Community service (preferred, not required) Completion of a baccalaureate degree or higher (not required)
  23. 23. Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy• Unique 3 year PharmD curriculum - Students learn on 10 week quarters. - New class starts each summer in a cohort. - Students assigned study groups for 2 years.• Small class size 68• Student to Faculty Ratio 10:1• Student-centered education• Philosophy of Teaching  Learning  Assessment• Modular approach to courses• Integration of academic disciplines
  24. 24. Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy• Pharmacy “Mentor” & Faculty Advisor• Integration of experiential education in all years - Experiential education begins during the fall of a students first year. - Includes Inter-Professional Experience with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers. - Students graduate with 1,920 rotation hours.• Use of instructional technologies (e.g. laptops)• Include Service Learning• Applied research conducted in both departments.
  25. 25. Pharmacy Career OutlookPharmacy is more then just Retail or Hospital…Academic Pharmacy…Teaching, research, public service, and patient care.Ambulatory Care…Treating patients on site along side doctors and nurses in an urgent care setting.Consultant…Working in nursing homes or long term care facilities.Federal-Armed Services & Public Health…Work in federal and state medical facilities, serve during national emergencies.Informatics…Information technology, managing data for the safe delivery of optimal medication outcomes.Managed Care…Working with insurance and benefits management companies.Pharmaceutical Sciences/Industry…Development, research, clinical trials.
  26. 26. Pharmacy Career Outlook4.1 BILLION prescriptions filled in 2010.Second largest healthcare profession…A Growing and Aging population willrequire more consistent and readily available access to healthcare providers…17% expected growth in the need for Pharmacist by 2018 (faster then the average for all other occupations) $106,410 average median pay of US Pharmacist
  27. 27. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  28. 28. Quick Look at RFUMS• The Chicago Medical • The College of Health School Professions – Allopathic Medicine – Physical Therapy• The Dr. William M. Scholl – Physician Assistant College of Podiatric – Nurse Anesthesia Medicine – Nutrition – Podiatric Medicine – Pathologists’ Assistant• The College of Pharmacy – Biomedical Sciences – Psychology – Doctor of Pharmacy – Healthcare Administration• The School of Graduate and Management and Postdoctoral Studies – Women’s Health – PhD Programs
  29. 29. Unique Feature of RFUMS• Leader in Interprofessional Education• Great location – North Chicago, Illinois• Core Values – Civility – Diversity – Excellence – Integrity – Scholarship – Teamwork
  30. 30. Preparing for a Career in the Health Field• Explore – Shadowing, volunteering or working in the field• Academic preparation – Pre-requisite coursework & standardized tests• Extracurricular and volunteer activities – Health related & non- health related• Network
  31. 31. Professional Outlook• Bureau of Labor • PT +39% from 2010 to Statistics – “Wage and 2020 (BLS) salary employment in • DPM +20% from 2010 the healthcare industry to 2020 (BLS) is projected to grow • PharmD +25% (BLS) 22% between 2006 – 2016.” • PA +30% from 2010 – 2020 (BLS) • MD +24% (BLS)
  32. 32. Admission• Do your research – General Application every program is Requirements different • Primary application• Visit schools if possible • Supplemental• Start early application• RFUMS is looking for • Letters of the whole package – a recommendation student with grades • Transcripts AND experiences • Test scores• All are competitive! • Interview
  33. 33. Connecting with Healthcare Admissions Questions and Answers Kerry Mortenson Shaun Keating Assistant Director of Admission Assistant Director of Enrollment Midwestern University Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy Michelle Adams Jean Shelton Associate Director of Admission Assistant Director of Recruitment Elmhurst College Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science