Health Sciences Experiential Education Program

Welcome to the Health Sciences Experiential Program! The Experiential Education Program for the Health Sciences major provides students the opportunity to apply and integrate classroom instruction with hands-on experiences in healthcare and research environments.  The Experiential Education Program consists of a five-semester sequence of courses that along with other semester experiences prepares students for a year long senior capstone experience in a healthcare or research setting. The series of courses, Issues in Health Sciences, engage students in both experiential and didactic work to develop the knowledge base, skill sets, and professional experiences necessary for success in a health science related field.  Our Health Sciences students will have the opportunity to shadow and work with healthcare professionals and researchers, listen to presenters throughout the year that focus on healthcare related topics, research on and off campus with faculty members, discuss and reflect on issues in the health sciences field, be involved in on-campus events such as the Pharmacy and Health Sciences day, and participate in various organizations such as the Health Sciences Student Organization. 

For specific information regarding the Health Sciences Program and curricular tracks, please visit the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences web page. 

Senior Capstone Experience

Each Drake University student completes a Senior Capstone Experience. Capstone Experiences allow each student to demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills, and ideas to bear on one significant project. Health Sciences Capstone Experiences include students taking Senior Experience I & II or Senior Research Experience I & II AND Issues in Health Sciences V. All 3 required courses make up the Senior Capstone Experience within the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.  Each experience may take many different forms and will be dependent upon the track of emphasis that has been selected.  The Issues in Health Sciences courses within the curriculum along with other experiences will allow students to progress to their chosen capstone.  Possible capstone experiences may include working with those involved in clinical, pharmaceutical, and/or biotechnology research and development, hospital and health services administration, rehabilitation and therapeutic services, diagnostic services, and other medical practices such as dental, optometry, podiatry, orthopedics, and general medicine.  

Available Resources

Issues in the Health Sciences Courses

  • Experiential activities are incorporated into the Issues in Health Sciences courses.  Click on the link above to learn more about these courses.

Experiential Components

  • Here you will find explanations of the Health Sciences Experiential Components used throughout the course of the Health Sciences curriculum.