Health Sciences Experiential FAQs

When do I need my immunizations?

Students should start their immunizations as soon as they enter the Health Sciences degree program.  Students must have 2MMR (mumps, measles, rubella), Tdap, proof of Varicella Zoster virus (Chicken Pox) or titer, yearly TB skin test, a yearly influenza vaccine, and the Hepatitis B Vaccine.  Failure to complete the aforementioned may result in possible failure of experiential assignments and being dropped from senior capstone experience courses. 

Immunization records for HSCI experiential requirements may be turned into the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Experiential Office in Olin Hall room 452.  Students may check their records periodically by logging into their E*Value™.

 Is CPR required?

Yes!  It is a requirement that all HSCI students prior to the start of their Senior Capstone Experiences become certified in adult, pediatric, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for the healthcare professional.  A copy of the student's CPR certification card must be submitted to the Office of Experiential Education.  Failure to complete this training by the start of the experience will result in being dropped from the senior experience course.  Failure to comply with this will result in being dropped from your Senior Experience courses.

What courses are included in the Senior Capstone Experiences?

Each Drake University student completes a Senior Capstone Experience.  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.  For more information regarding the Senior Capstone Experiences review the HSCI Experiential Manual or contact the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education.

Do I find my own experiential site/experience?

No.  Many early experiences are created in conjunction with your Issues in Health Sciences professor and the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education, and may coincide with a course assignment.  Students should not attempt to set sites up independently. Students may make an initial contact to get names, etc. and to assess whether they are interested in working with Drake University, but the next contact should come from the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education.

When will I prepare for my capstone experience?

You will begin researching your capstone experience early in your academic curriculum.  All HSCI students must complete a Health Sciences Senior Capstone form 2 semesters prior to the start of the Senior Capstone Experiences.  This form is accessed using your E*Value™ account.  Failure to complete the form may mean failure to provide opportunities of interest for the senior capstone experiences.  If a student is interested in an experience that normally would not be associated with his/her track of emphasis, a meeting should be organized with the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education to discuss the student’s interests. 

How do I choose my Senior Capstone Experience?

Approximately 1 semester prior to the start of the Senior Capstone Experience, students will read through experience descriptions and rate their preferences on E*Value ™.  Following preferences rating, optimization scheduling will be conducted in E*Value ™.  Students are assigned by E*Value ™ based on their preference ratings.  It is important that students only rate experiences that they are interested in.  In the event that a site/preceptor can no longer offer an experience for a student the next preference rating by the student will be contacted.  Final schedules will be reviewed by the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education.    For more information regarding this process refer to the Health Sciences Experiential Manual and/or contact the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education.

What is a preceptor?

For our purposes, a preceptor in the health sciences field is a skilled professional who supervises and educates students during their experiences. 

When should students contact their preceptors?

Prior to organized experience, the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education will make initial contact with your preceptor.  However, the student must also contact the preceptor by email and/or phone prior to the start of any experiences.  Please note that scheduling with preceptors should be done well in advance to accommodate preceptors’ work schedule.  Contact for Senior Capstone experiences will initially be done by the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education and should be followed up by student contact.  In some instances, preceptors will want to interview students 1 semester prior to the start of the Senior Capstone Experiences.  Students are also required to contact their preceptors in advance when they are unable to attend a scheduled meeting.     

Should preceptors adjust their working schedule to accommodate student schedules?

No, students should follow the preceptor’s schedule unless specifically arranged with the preceptor prior to the experience.  

Can I work while I am participating in my experiences?

You may hold employment or other activities while participating in your experiences; however, work schedules must be adjusted to accommodate experiential requirements and will not be considered a legitimate reason for excusing a student from the experiential course activity.  You will not be permitted to use your current work site for an experiential site unless special arrangements have been made by the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education.

When do I complete my criminal background check?

All Health Sciences students will submit to a criminal background check prior to prior to entering their senior capstone experiences.  You will be contacted by someone from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to start this process.  The background check will include social security number validation, address history for past 10 years, felony and misdemeanor criminal history search for all counties identified by the address history for the last seven years, national criminal history database, sex offender registries, child/elder abuse registries, motor vehicle driving record, and governmental agencies such as the Office of Inspector General.  Please note that instances happening while attending Drake University should also be reported to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs as outlined in our College’s Honor Code.

Do all students complete drug screens?

All Health Sciences students will complete a chemical drug screen prior to starting their senior capstone experiences.  You will be contacted by someone from the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to start this process. 

I am an athlete; will I still be able to be a Health Sciences major with the many experiences that must be completed?

Yes, many of the experiences are in conjunction with health sciences’ courses and will be at the discretion of the instructor regarding your grade.  However, you must communicate with the Director of Health Sciences Experiential Education and your instructor in order to develop experiences that still fit class requirements and allows you to still participate in athletics and gain the experience in your chosen field of study.  

 

 

 

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