TUCSON (KVOA) – The University of Arizona has created a new degree to better prepare students for careers in healthcare.
The demand for trained healthcare professionals is increasing, especially after the pandemic.
This is why the new Bachelor of Science in Medicine program could not have come at a better time.
The College of Medicine will offer this new program.
They hope this will give students a better understanding of what medicine is through more hands-on experiences. They also hope that this program will help students get a better idea of what they would like to pursue in the medical field.
Dr. Todd Vanderah is the Head of the Department of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine.
He is excited about one of the new courses being developed where students will experience 10 different healthcare professions directly from various healthcare professionals.
“They will approach each of these clinical cases as a different type of medical worker, or healthcare worker, so yes a doctor, but also a nurse, a pharmacist, also an occupational therapist, a social worker,” Vanderah said. “There is a lot of reality that strikes you when you practice medicine. I just want the students to be all prepared. But it’s great for them to practice, to see what it was like. address all types of disciplines. “
The four-year undergraduate program will focus on four areas: medical technology, basic medical sciences, medicine and society, and integrative and practice-oriented medicine.
“My overall hope is that we are providing something that students really, really love,” Vanderah said. “We want to give something that will be another option for the students to say, ‘hey, I want to try some of this or watch it. “I hope this will help students make their career decisions.”
The Bachelor of Science in Medicine will be available as a major start in fall 2021.