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Clinical & Applied Sciences

The Clinical and Applied Sciences track of the Health Sciences major includes coursework in scientific applications and clinical experiences in health-related sciences.  There are also opportunities for additional laboratory experiences in the areas of pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and medicinal chemistry.  

Potential senior internship projects include clinical experiences at local clinics or medical centers that are coordinated through the CPHS Office of Experiential Education.  Students who are interested in more research-oriented careers may also choose to complete a laboratory based research project with faculty in the pharmaceutical sciences.

The Clinical and Applied Sciences track prepares students for careers or post-graduate work in primary care (for example: physicians, dentists, optometrists) and allied health professions (for example: physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, optometry, clinical and laboratory sciences).  Students in the Clinical and Applied Sciences track may also focus their education to prepare for research careers in the pharmaceutical industry or entry into graduate programs in the pharmaceutical or biomedical sciences.  

Clinical and Applied Sciences track students have the option for the Three to a Health Sciences Degree. This option allows students to complete their BS in Health Sciences - Clinical and Applied track in three years - an excellent option for students who plan to pursue post-graduate degree options like medical school, physical therapy, physicians’ assistant and other masters or doctoral degrees.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences partners with other colleges and schools at Drake as well as with other institutions in Des Moines to provide additional opportunities for professional advancement.  Students interested in pursuing a career in health care law may consider our joint degree program with the Drake University Law School.  Students enrolled in this "3+3" option have the opportunity to begin their first year of law school during their senior year.  

Clinical & Applied Sciences track students are able to complete a joint degree program with Des Moines University which allows them the opportunity to complete three years in Health Sciences at Drake, followed by 2 years in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Des Moines University.

CPHS also has a partnership with Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines to provide Drake Clinical and Applied Sciences students with access to two of their programs.  Students can enroll in "3+1" programs to earn a Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing degree or a certification in Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Students who are interested in nursing can take advantage of our partnership with Allen College to earn not only a BS in Health Sciences, but also a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Allen's accelerated BSN program.  This "3+1" program allows students to spend their first three years at Drake completing their Health Sciences major and their last 15 months earning their BSN through Allen's hybrid learning environment that combines classroom and online learning with practical experience in the Unity Point Health System in Des Moines. 

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