HPS 101 - Introduction to the Health Professions: 
A "First Year Seminar" course for students planning a career in healthcare or health-related field. This course provides students 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.

As a discipline-specific first year experience class:
HPS 101 is designed to help each 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 students find direction for their future career and determine the educational path required for their chosen profession. In addition, it will help new students acclimate to Central Michigan University by guiding them to the many resources and supports available on campus and in the community to enable their academic and personal growth.

As 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 students to the broad scope of health care and health care issues to help prepare them for their professional education and for their future careers.

Why take this course?
The first year of college is a critical year for students who 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 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 students establish a direction and focus early in their undergraduate education if they 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 students create a comprehensive and intentional plan for achieving their educational and career goals.