Division of Health Sciences
Ph.D., Associate Vice President
Paul S. Cady, Ph.D., Dean, College of Pharmacy
Tracy J Farnsworth, Ed.D., MHSA, MBA, Interim Associate Dean and Director, Kasiska School of Health Professions
Brian Crawford, D.D.S., Coordinator, Office of Medical and Oral Health
Nancy Devine, PT, M.S., D.P.T, Associate Dean and Director, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Mary Nies, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Director, School of Nursing
Linda L. Rankin, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Rex W. Force, Pharm.D., Interim Associate Dean for Clinic Research
See the Division of Health Sciences Website
Pre-Health Professions Advising
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Division of Health Science Courses
As the lead health sciences institution in Idaho, the vision of the Division of Health Sciences is to enhance the quality of life for our constituencies by applying the values of excellence in research, partnerships in community service, and professional education into practice.
Idaho State University is Idaho’s health care university, as designated by the Idaho State Board of Education, and offers 75 percent of the state’s health profession degree programs. More than one third of Idaho State University's graduates receive degrees in the health professions.
The majority of the University’s health profession programs are housed in the Division of Health Sciences. Eighteen health professional programs, including 35 degrees/options make up the Division. Several Division Programs are offered on both the Pocatello and Meridian campuses, and a number of degrees are offered in an online format. Programs partner with hospitals, clinics and specialized medical facilities throughout the nation to provide state-of-the-art training opportunities for our students.
A mix of classroom and clinical experiences ensures that graduates are prepared for licensing exams and positions in a wide range of health care fields. On-campus and statewide clinics provide students with hands-on training. Fourteen in-house clinics include medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, audiology, speech pathology, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vestibular (balance), and wellness. Beyond the basic skill sets associated with clinical practice, we train our students to become leaders in their professions and communities. Doing this requires hiring and retaining nationally recognized faculty, using the most current teaching technologies, and giving students access to the hands-on learning opportunities they need for success.
The Division of Health Sciences is organized into six units:
College of Pharmacy
Institute of Rural Health
Kasiska School of Health Professions
Office of Medical and Oral Health
School of Nursing
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Pre-Health Professions AdvisingIdaho State University offers advising for pre-health professional students which prepares them for application to and acceptance by a variety of health professional schools. Health professional programs for which advising is offered include: dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and physician assistant. For students interested in one of the health professional programs offered at Idaho State University, such as clinical laboratory science, counseling, dental hygiene, family medicine, health and nutrition sciences, health care administration, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, radiographic science, and speech pathology and audiology, the Pre-health Advisor will refer the students to the appropriate department or college for additional information.
The Pre-health Professions Advising Office is located in the Department of Biological Sciences, Room 202 of the Life Sciences Building (Building #65 on the Idaho State University map). Students who plan to apply to one of the professional schools listed above should establish and maintain close contact with the Pre-health Advisor throughout their undergraduate program at Idaho State University. The Pre-health Advisor monitors students’ progress through their degree programs and the health professional prerequisite courses, provides information about application procedures, and organizes informational meetings, workshops, and speakers on specific health professions. The advisor also chairs the Pre-health Professions Advisory Committee that provides interviews to prepare students for the health professional programs application processes.
Pre-Health Advisor: Becky Connell
In general, health professional schools have no preference for specific academic majors. Instead, they prefer that applicants major in a defined academic area (zoology, chemistry, psychology, economics, for example) and concurrently satisfy the prerequisite courses for the specific health professional school. Pre-health professional students should consult with the Pre-health Advisor or a member of the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee in order to successfully combine an academic major with a pre-health professional program. It is strongly recommended that pre-professional students develop a strong background in courses such as those listed below. Courses required by most health professional schools include, but are not limited to, the following:
Curt Anderson, Ph.D. Biological Sciences
Ralph Baergen, Ph.D., English and Philosophy
Kori Bond, Ph.D., Music
Liz Cartwright, Ph.D. Anthropology
Karl De Jesus, Ph.D. Chemistry
Dana L. Diedrich, Ph.D. Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Tracy J Farnsworth, MHSA, MBA Kasiska College of Health Professions
James R. Groome, Ph.D. Biological Sciences
Linda Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D. Division of Health Professions
Patrick Hermanson, DHA, Healthcare Administration
Margaret Johnson, Ph.D. English and Philosophy
Kathleen Kangas, Ph.D., Communication Sciences & Disorders
Dave Martin, M PAS, Physician Assistant Studies
Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. Biological Sciences
Jean Pfau, Ph.D. Biological Sciences
Paula Phelps, MHE PA-C Physician Assistant Studies
Lisa Salazar, MPH Physician Assistant StudiesDerek Wright, M.D., Family Practice Residency
Idaho Falls Campus:
Catherine Black, MS Biological Sciences
Lyle W. Castle, Ph.D. Chemistry
Barbara Frank, Ph.D. Biological Sciences
BIOL 1101,1101L Biology I, and Lab 4 cr
BIOL 1102,1102L Biology II, and Lab 4 cr
BIOL 2206 Cell Biology and Lab 4 cr
CHEM 1111,1111L General Chemistry I, and Lab 5 cr
CHEM 1112,1112L General Chemistry II, and Lab 4 cr
CHEM 3301 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr
CHEM 3302 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr
CHEM 3303 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 cr
CHEM 3304 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 cr
ENGL 1101 English Composition 3 cr
ENGL 1102 Critical Reading and Writing 3 cr
PHYS 1111 General Physics I 3 cr
PHYS 1112 General Physics II 3 cr
PHYS 1113,1114 General Physics Laboratory I and II 2 cr
PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology 3 cr
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
Departmental prerequisites may apply to some of these courses.)
In addition to completing specified prerequisite courses, most health professional schools require that the pre-professional student obtain practical experience in the health professional field she or he plans to enter, and take a national standardized admission test. Specific information about the national exams and acceptable practical experiences are included in the sections below.
The undergraduate courses listed above provide some guidance for the pre-chiropractic student. However, significant differences in pre-requisite coursework by the various chiropractic schools require that students obtain a specific list of requirements for each school. The most current admission requirements for chiropractic schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of Chiropractic Colleges website at www.chirocolleges.org.
DentistryThe Idaho State University courses listed above provide a core for pre-dental requirements of most dental schools. However, some dental schools have additional requirements. The most current admission requirements for each dental school are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the American Dental Education Association website at www.adea.org, or by consulting the latest edition of “ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools,” published by the American Dental Education Association, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. A copy of this guide is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office. All dental applicants must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and have shadowed a practicing dentist prior to applying to the individual schools of dentistry.
Cooperative Program with the Creighton University School of Dentistry -- In the fall of 1982, Idaho State University and the Creighton University School of Dentistry implemented a decentralized dental education program, the Idaho Dental Education Program (IDEP). Under this program, up to 8 seats per year at the Creighton University School of Dentistry are reserved for Idaho residents. The first professional year of the dental school program is on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. The students then move to the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE for the second, third, and fourth professional years. Idaho residents who wish to be considered for IDEP must apply to Creighton University School of Dentistry and meet all other admission requirements.
MedicineThe undergraduate courses required by most medical schools is the same as described above. However, many medical schools have additional requirements. The most current admission requirements for each medical school are described on the individual schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website at www.aamc.org, or by consulting the latest edition of “Medical School Admission Requirements, USA and Canada,” published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, D. C. 20036. A copy of this publication is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office. All medical applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and have shadowed a practicing physician prior to applying to the individual schools of medicine.
Cooperative Program with the University of Washington School of Medicine -- Idaho residents are eligible for the Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) decentralized medical education program of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Currently, the University of Washington reserves 20 seats for Idaho residents, and accepted students are charged an Idaho tuition rate. Idaho residents who wish to be considered for the WWAMI program must apply to the University of Washington School of Medicine, and meet all other admission requirements. Additional information about the WWAMI program is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office.
WWAMI Idaho TRUST -- As part of the application process, Idaho WWAMI students can now apply to participate in a focused rural and urban underserved track. The goal of this track, called Idaho TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track), is to allow for a focused medical school experience in rural and urban underserved care, with the eventual goal of returning physicians to practice in the rural and urban underserved areas of Idaho. Idaho TRUST students will have multiple opportunities to experience firsthand the joys and satisfaction of practicing medicine in a rural or urban underserved community. More information is available through the TRUST website: http://depts.washington.edu/fammed/education/programs/trust.
Cooperative Program with the University of Utah School of Medicine -- Idaho residents are eligible to compete for 8 reserved seats at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and those accepted under this program pay an Idaho tuition rate. To be considered for this program, students must apply to the University of Utah School of Medicine, and meet all other admission requirements. Additional information about the Idaho agreement with the University of Utah School of Medicine is available in the Pre-health Professions Advising Office.
Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician AssistantAdvising for each of these professions is available at Idaho State University. Specific pre-professional requirements for these programs can be obtained elsewhere in this catalog where those programs are described.
Students may be advised to satisfy prerequisites not only for these programs at Idaho State University, but also for programs in the same profession located at other institutions. Students may consult with the Pre-health Advisor for information about prerequisites for admission to these programs at other institutions. Prerequisites for professional programs at other institutions can be met by courses taken at Idaho State University.
OptometryThe undergraduate courses listed above provide some guidance for the pre-optometry student. However, significant differences in pre-optometry requirements by the various optometry schools require that students obtain a specific list of requirements for each optometry school. The most current admission requirements for optometry schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website at www.opted.org, or by consulting the latest edition of “Schools and Colleges of Optometry Admission Requirements.” This is an electronic publication available on the ASCO website. All optometry applicants must take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).
Osteopathic MedicineAdmission requirements and undergraduate prerequisite courses for schools of osteopathic medicine are nearly identical to those described under medicine. More information about osteopathic medicine and admission requirements for the individual schools of osteopathic medicine can be found at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) website at www.aacom.org or by consulting the Pre-health Advisor. All osteopathic medical applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and have shadowed a practicing physician prior to applying to the individual schools of osteopathic medicine.
Podiatric MedicineThe undergraduate courses listed above are required by most podiatric medical schools. However, some podiatric medical schools may have additional requirements. The most current admission requirements for podiatric schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the American Association of College of Podiatric Medicine website at www.opted.org. All podiatric medical applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In addition, most schools of podiatric medicine expect applicants to have shadowed a practicing podiatrist prior to applying to the individual schools of podiatry.
Veterinary MedicineThe undergraduate courses listed above provide some guidance for the pre-veterinary medicine student. However, significant differences in pre-veterinary requirements by the various schools of veterinary medicine require that students obtain a specific list of requirements for each school. The most current admission requirements for veterinary medicine schools are described on the schools’ websites, which can be accessed through the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): www.aavmc.org. Veterinary medicine applicants must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and have volunteer experience with a practicing veterinarian prior to applying to the individual schools of veterinary medicine.
Idaho residents should be aware that a long term agreement has been reached among the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho (WOI) to share responsibility for the curriculum and program at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The WOI program gives admissions preference to Idaho residents. Students who are not residents of Idaho or any students who wish to apply to other schools of veterinary medicine should consult with the Pre-health Advisor concerning the proper development of a pre-veterinary medical program at Idaho State University.
Websites of Interest to Pre-health Professions Students
Most health professions have national associations that maintain detailed websites with information about the profession, the professional schools, and admissions information. The list below includes websites most commonly used by the pre-health professions students.
- Association of Chiropractic Colleges: www.chirocolleges.org
- Allopathic (M.D.)
i. Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): www.aamc.org
- Osteopathic (D.O.)
i. American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM): www.aacom.org
- Podiatric (D.P.M.)
i. American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM): www.aacpm.org
- Occupational Therapy
- American Occupational Therapy Association: www.aota.org
- Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO): www.opted.org
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): www.apta.org
- American Academy of Physician Assistants: www.aapa.org
- Physician Assistant Education Association: www.paeaonline.org
- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): www.aavmc.org
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
DHS 4401 Mindfulness in Health Science 1-2 credits. Basic mindfulness practice to increase stress tolerance, compassion and immune system functioning. Students will learn meditation, mindful movement and other practices for their own benefit, and will learn to teach them to others. May be repeated. F
DHS 4402 Survey of Aging Issues 3 credits. Introduction to the broad spectrum of issues involved in the study of aging. Theories of aging, health promotion, demography, and multicultural aging are some topics presented in survey fashion. PREREQ: Junior standing. F
DHS 4403 Interprofessional Systems in Geriatric Management 3 credits. Application of principles and concepts necessary to integrate theory into the practice of care coordination and management of the older adult. The scope and competencies of healthcare professionals in caring for the older adult are explored. PREREQ: Junior standing; C or better in DHS 4402. S
DHS 4404 Geriatic Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Internship 1 credit. Practical experience in health care arenas focusing on the older adult. This includes a capstone project related to the application of principles and concepts of interprofessional collaborative practice. PREREQ: Junior standing; C or better in DHS 4402. S
DHS 4426 Evidence-Based Research in Health Sciences 3 credits. Study of the use of current research evidence in health care decision-making. Topics include critical analysis of health-related information, biostatistics, and application of evidence-based practice to health care. PREREQ: MATH 1153 or MGT 2216. F, S
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