Health Sciences Honors Program Mission Statement

Prepare young women for a life of compassionate leadership and service in a healthcare profession through an academic program based on a rigorous course of study and meaningful experiential learning.

List of 6 items.

  • Course of Study

    Completion of rigorous honors or AP Course work and a 3.7 Cumulative GPA on the Purple Pathway, or honors courses and a 3.0 Cumulative GPA for the Gold Pathway. Click here for detailed information on the two pathways.
  • Health Professionals Affinity Community (HPAC)

    HPAC MISSION: Advancing the success of students and  health of their communities through mutual learning and engagement enriched by healthcare professions in education, workforce and community partnerships.
    HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AFFINITY COMMUNITY: HPAC is a program designed to engage students and advance their academic and career progress toward health professions. The program relies on existing community assets and bundling them in a manner that further supports student success. Students benefit from opportunities to apply academic learning in real-world circumstances and learn how to employ existing resources to improve their community. The goals, strategies and methods reflected in the HPAC program are consistent with finding ways to better meet the vast needs of the region: finding and supporting qualified “Ohio” grown students desiring to enter healthcare professions. The key principles of the program are that students increase their academic scholarship, understand the value of research, further engage in the community, and become well prepared young adults able to achieve a level of preparation compatible with their healthcare career aspirations.
    The HPAC program is designed to:
     Encourage student community engagement by:
    1. Allowing HPAC participants to identify a health-related issue in the community and identify and implement solutions that will increase awareness to make positive changes
    2. Providing students with other community volunteer opportunities
    Students must take part in the HPAC student group on campus and meet the club requirements.
  • Service Learning

    Service Learning is an educational practice involving active participation of students in activities that address community needs; is integrated into the academic curriculum, has structured time for reflection, and provides opportunities for the direct application of the knowledge and skills acquired.
    Students will be required to complete 100 hours total within the medical field by the end of their first semester of their graduation year for both the Purple and Gold Pathways.
    All service learning hours must be documented on the students online portfolio, documenting hours as well as including pictures of their experiences.
    What constitutes Service Learning?
    Service Learning is reaching out to the neighbor, stranger, or needy individual, group or cause and assisting in a way that demonstrates living out one or more of the values demonstrated by Christ in the Gospels. Routine chores, babysitting and helping relatives at work are NOT service hours. The experiences of reaching out to the "dear neighbor" should be directly related to student’s coursework. 

    The Service Learning can take many forms, ranging from hospital aides, volunteering at homeless shelters, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, assisting at Bible camps, tutoring, participating in Youth Challenge, coaching and volunteering at senior centers. 

    Service Learning is intentional. It is a reflective process that develops empathy, communication skills, critical thinking, responsibility, self-confidence and a willingness to meet new people and experience new environments/communities.
  • Online Portfolio

    Each student enrolled in the Health Sciences Honors Program will be required to complete an online portfolio that records the student's efforts, progress, achievements and reflection concerning aspects of the program including but not limited to service learning and clinical hours. Accurate recording of service hours will be required, as will photographic documentation. 
  • Clinical Hours

    Students will be required to complete clinical hours as part of the Health Sciences Honor Program. 
    Students pursuing the Health Sciences Honors Program Gold Pathway are required to complete 20 hours of clinical/internship time and experience in a health sciences related field.
    Students pursuing the Health Sciences Honors Program Purple Pathway are required to complete 60 hours of clinical/internship time and experience in a health sciences related field.
    Health Sciences Honors Program participants will receive assistance coordinating their clinical hours and experiences. This assistance will include helping students navigate the continually evolving field of the health sciences to maximize the experience and allow the student to choose the correct pathway to a future career. 

    Juniors are encouraged to fulfill this requirement through their experience in the Junior Professional Shadowing.
    All clinical hours requirements should be completed by the end of the first semester of senior year so students will be able to present their Capstone Presentations early in the second semester of their final year.
  • Capstone Presentation

    Students enrolled in both the Purple and Gold pathway are required to present a final Capstone Presentation to a designated panel for final evaluation.