HPS 101 Introduction to Health Professions

A "first-year seminar" course for students planning a career in healthcare or health-related field. This course provides you with a foundation for college success, as well as an introduction to the various health professions, resources for career planning, and the concepts of professionalism, health care ethics, cultural competence, interdisciplinary health care teams, world health issues, and health care policies.

A discipline-specific first-year experience class

HPS 101 is designed to help you, as a first-year student, successfully transition from high school to college and to establish a strong foundation for the pursuit of a career in healthcare. This course will help you find direction for your future career and determine the educational path required for your chosen profession. In addition, it will help you acclimate to Central Michigan University by guiding you to the many resources and support available on campus and in the community to enable your academic and personal growth.

An introduction to the healthcare field

Health care is a complex environment with many unique demands that require an extensive skill set. Health care providers are required to work with a wide variety of individuals both as team members and as caregivers. This course introduces you to the broad scope of health care and health care issues to help prepare you for your professional education and future career.

Why take this course?

The first year of college is a critical year if you are considering a future career in healthcare. There are well over 50 healthcare-related careers ranging from direct patient care to administrative duties, injury and disease prevention, health education, sports medicine, mental and physical rehabilitation and many others.

Choosing a career path requires determining an appropriate major, acquiring volunteer and/or observation experience, and careful planning for overall undergraduate education and college success.

This is especially important in healthcare where the majority of professional jobs such as a physical therapist, physician assistant, medical or osteopathic doctor, speech-language pathologist, dentist, etc. require additional education after completing an undergraduate or "bachelor's degree."

It is important that you establish a direction and focus early in your undergraduate education if you intend to pursue a field that requires professional post-graduate education.

Most importantly, being able to access and utilize resources, actively engaging in purposeful extra-curricular activities, and earning top grades will make the difference in earning a place in a competitive graduate school program.

This class will help you create a comprehensive and intentional plan for achieving your educational and career goals.