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BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare

Drake Opportunities for Gaining Skills in Healthcare


June 28-30, 2018


BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare is a program that introduces students to careers in the health professions by educating them about opportunities in health sciences and inspiring them to explore different pathways.  Students participate in hands-on laboratory experiences, educational sessions, and interactive discussions with students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to understand how to best prepare for a career in healthcare.  Special emphasis is placed on promoting careers in athletic training, occupational therapy, pharmacy and many others.  The overarching goal of this program is to expose students to a wide variety of opportunities within healthcare and educate them about how they can best prepare for a career in the health professions.

Program Goals:

  • Students will learn about careers in the health professions.
  • Students will learn about promoting cultural competence and diversity in healthcare and among health professionals. 
  • Students will learn about the importance of practical lab experiences and begin to develop laboratory skills. 
  • Students will investigate the role of healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of patient-provider relationships through skill-building exercises.  
  • Students will be able to plan their remaining high school curriculum and extracurricular activities to prepare for a career in healthcare.

This summer we will host an event for students that includes staying overnight in an on-campus residence hall for two nights.  This event will take place on Thursday, June 28 - Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Drake University and will include a number of activities that will help students learn about preparing for a career in the health professions.  Our sessions will include:

  • Career options in healthcare
  • Individual breakout sessions focused on Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Lab activities in various areas of health professions
  • Interaction with current students and faculty 
  • Off-campus field trip to a local hospital
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences programs at Drake 
  • Preparing for college admission
  • iCubs baseball game in downtown Des Moines
  • Staying overnight in an on-campus residence hall for 2 nights
  • Meals on campus

Students must meet the following requirements in order to participate:

  • Must be enrolled as a 10th, 11th or 12th grader during the 2018/2019 academic year
  • Have an interest in careers in healthcare, math and/or science fields

Due to the costs involved in providing an overnight experience on campus, there is an $185.00 fee for participating in BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare.  All students that meet the eligibility criteria above are welcome to register for this event.  Financial assistance may be available to students who qualify.  Registration for this event will close on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon) CDT.


If you have questions about BullD.O.G.S. in Healthcare or our College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences programs, please contact Jessica Lang, Director of Enrollment Services for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, via email at or via phone at (515) 271-3018.

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