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Health Sciences Department

Bridging The Gap

Health sciences bridge the gap between scientific research and the application of this knowledge to help patients. Tailor your degree to meet your interests and needs to become a pioneer in this ever-changing field.

Health Sciences Department

The undergraduate Program in Health Sciences prepares students to enter a wide variety of careers in health care and related professions. Examples of careers and graduate programs our students pursue include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, cardiac rehabilitation, physician assistant studies, nursing, exercise physiology, nutrition sciences, clinical research, public health, health advocacy, bioethics, health psychology, and others.

Why Drexel?

Dedicated and highly-qualified faculty – Our diverse faculty hold doctoral degrees in several specialty areas including  Anatomy, Physiology, Medicine, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Statistics, Clinical Research, Embryology, Exercise Science, and more. They have extensive experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the health professions.

Curriculum choices – Our Health Science Program allows students to tailor their undergraduate degree to meet the needs of a variety of health care related graduate programs and careers. Furthermore, the integrated co-op experience provides our students the opportunity to work with health care professionals in the workplace.  Qualified students may participate in accelerated dual-degree programs with Physician Assistant Studies and the Physical Therapy programs.

Employment opportunities – Health care professions are the fastest growing job sector for the upcoming decade. There is tremendous demand for trained health care providers at all levels. In the Health Science Program, the multidisciplinary faculty, flexible curriculum, and co-op experience provide students with a competitive edge in the market place and in the pursuit of graduate studies.

Programs

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Three Accelerated Track Options

Health Sciences Faculty

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09/25/14

Nydia Sanchez is an accelerated BS/MHS Pre-PA student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who recently graduated from the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program. The Macy Program consists of three, three-credit courses that run consecutively during the fall, winter, and spring quarters, which work to foster and grow leadership skills among selected students. The program was established in 2011 by Roberta Waite, PhD, associate professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs, who developed the concept following her receipt of the Macy Faculty Scholar Award from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Here, Sanchez discusses her time in the program, especially for the benefit of those students interested in applying.

Nydia SnachezChartings: What kinds of things have you gotten involved in since you started as a student at Drexel?

Nydia Sanchez: I am a Peer Advocate Leader at the Office of Center City Student Affairs, as well as a member of the Pre-PA Club and the Drexel Women’s Lacrosse team. I am also on the committee for the Annual Self-Care for Healers retreat hosted by the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Alumni Network.

Chartings: What made you apply to the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program?

Sanchez: During my freshman year I was more focused on figuring out where all of my classes were on Main Campus and the Center City Campus, getting to know the people in my classes, and joining a couple of clubs I found interesting, but I felt like I was missing out on something. In high school, I was the captain of this, president of that, and always busy with extracurricular activities 24/7. After I got the hang of things, I desperately needed to feel connected and get involved. I heard about Macy’s through my academic advisor and after reading up on the program, decided that I could benefit from a leadership course since I was naturally drawn to those positions. I was curious to learn what type of leader I was and if there was something I could learn from Macy’s to apply to my own leadership roles.

Chartings: Tell us about what you got out of the Macy’s Program. What did you learn?

Sanchez: During my time in the program I was able to learn about the type of leader I am, but more importantly the type of person I am. I learned how to identify my strengths and weaknesses and come up with a plan for how to assess those qualities. I was given perspective on how different people identify with leaders and leadership, as well as how their strengths and weaknesses differ.

The next part of the program took those differences we learned about ourselves and merged them together into groups. We were assigned groups to work with and learned to plan in a timely manner, document a group contract, and divide work based on our strengths and weaknesses. If there were conflicts, we were to devise a plan and reflect on ourselves first.

During the third part of the program, I was able to learn how to take what I had learned and put it into action. We were given a community health assignment based on our choosing and were asked to visit the site, learn about their core mission and why someone thought it was important to have. What I took away most from the assignment was actually visiting the locations and seeing real people work for a real cause. Everyone in our class gave their presentation on their assignment and it made me realize how much help is really needed out in communities surrounding us and all around. Since then, I have been able to branch out to some of these community health sites and offer my time and assistance. Since Macy’s, I have been able to get a more realistic sense of what it means to work as a health care provider in a population of diverse, consistent change.

Chartings: What was the most interesting thing that happened during the program, in your opinion?

Sanchez: The most interesting thing that happened during the program would have to be when we were able to hear from guest speakers about their experiences with diversity and inclusion, especially as a health care professional. I found great interest in interdisciplinary work in health care, especially at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University, which we were able to visit during class. Since then, I have been more interested in public health and community outreach.

Chartings: What was challenging about the Macy’s Program?

Sanchez: The most challenging aspect of the program was devising a plan to assess our strengths and weaknesses. We had to find aspects of ourselves that we wished to work on to not only become a better leader, but also a better health care provider.

Chartings: How has the Macy’s Program helped you advance?

Sanchez: I have been able to use what the program has taught me about myself, about group work, and about communities to discover the type of health care provider I would like to become. Since the program, I am more interested in community health involvement in the Philadelphia area as well as abroad. I have gained a lot from the mentorship that the program offers, like shadowing experiences and guidance on my career path. Not only have I developed as a leader, but as a person and in how I address certain situations. I can happily say that I have learned more about myself, what I like and what I don’t like in my anticipated career as a health care professional, and the type of health care provider I want to become.

Chartings: What advice do you have for other students who are interested in the Macy’s Program and in getting more involved on campus?

Sanchez: For students looking to get more involved, I say do it! There is no other course I am familiar with that offers an inside look at diversity and interdisciplinary work in health care, as well as allows one to learn about oneself and the community around you, as the Macy Program.

There are many opportunities to network in the program, and to this day I stay in contact with many people I encountered through Macy’s along the way. If you are looking to get to know yourself, the type of leader you are or want to become, and how to address real life work issues, Macy’s is a great place to start!

07/14/14

Hundreds of College of Nursing and Health Professions students- both undergraduate and graduate- crossed the stage at the University’s 120th Commencement Exercises on June 13. As our graduates donned their caps and gowns and learned how to affix their hoods, we asked them to step aside to let us know what’s coming next for them in their lives. Grads: we handed you blank whiteboards and you covered them with your hopes, plans, and tons of personality! We received a wide variety of responses, from the entertaining to the quite serious, the humorous to the brutally honest.

Creative Arts Therapies graduate Ashley Slade will be spending more time with family. Barbara McHale, who graduated with her Master’s in Nursing, just received a promotion at work. A large number of our grads reported that they plan to start working on their DNPs, PhDs, Master’s degrees, and MBAs. A handful are on their way to Disney and others will travel internationally, on vacation or for service work. Health Services Administration graduate Debra Hoffman will be taking some Sunday afternoon naps. Fellow HSAD classmate Jeff Daniel heads excitedly into “Career & Marriage,” as his whiteboard shows. A number of our grads are on the hunt for their next great career opportunity. Some are getting married, having children, or even “ruling the world!”

To view the full “What’s Next?” album, visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DrexelCNHP. Good luck to all of the newest alumni of the College of Nursing and Health Professions! It’s been a pleasure to teach you. We hope you’ll keep in touch and remain active in the Dragon community. You make us proud!

07/14/14

The Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions was asked to provide Philadelphia’s veterans with an array of health screenings during the second annual City of Philadelphia City Council President’s Veteran’s Fair on May 21. The Fair, which was located primarily in the courtyard of City Hall, is meant to provide veterans with, as well as make them aware of, the various resources available to them in Philadelphia. The fair also aims to promote health and wellness in the veteran population.

veteranscreeningsbannerIn addition to the health screenings, there were live performances, speeches by city commissioners, and vendors on site to advertise services as well as pass out free military branded items. Despite the rain, the event was well attended by veterans and city officials alike. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 950,000 veterans in the state of Pennsylvania alone.

Under the leadership of Leland “Rocky” Rockstraw, an associate clinical professor and Assistant Dean of Simulation and Clinical and Technology Academic Operations, a team of 39 Drexel faculty, student, and staff volunteers was able to offer a broad range of screenings and education to over 80 veterans. The College was represented by members of the Behavioral Health Counseling, Creative Arts Therapies, Couple and Family Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Departments. veteranbloodtest

Together they screened for health factors including blood pressure, blood glucose, eye sight, body mass index, relationships, depression, post-traumatic stress, and drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions. Many veterans were surprised to learn that so many screenings were available to them at no cost during the fair. This was especially true of many of the older veterans who were not as familiar with more modern health care fields like the creative arts therapies.

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