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It is extremely important for students to make an informed decision when selecting a health professional career.  Not only is it necessary for students to individually and personally determine what career fits their skills, passions and goals, but it is also an expectation of the professional school admissions committee.

The Health Professions Advising office offers several courses to facilitate such exploration.  These courses are found under the Medical Science (MEDS). (It is worth noting that many graduate level courses offered through MEDS are reserved only for the WWAMI medical school program.)

Please adhere to Professionalism standards at all times.

HMED 140 – Introduction to Medicine/Health Care, 1 credit, (MSU) 

This course is primarily designed for incoming freshman and transfer students interested in health professional careers.  In particular, this course will assist students entering the Pre-Medicine major (pre Med/pre-Dent/pre-PA/pre-Pharm, etc) in identifying a major area of study at MSU as well as expose them to various health care professional opportunities.  The goals of the course are 2-fold.  One, provide an opportunity to explore departments/majors that best suits their interests, academic strengths, and career aspirations.  And two, to provide a foundation on which students can build their health care shadowing experience and career trajectory.

HMED 340 – Introduction to Dentistry, 1 credit  

This evening course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in dentistry and want to learn the anatomy, histology and development of teeth.  Students will also visit various dental practices and learn how dentistry is practiced by participating in discussions and presentations by the local dental community.

HMED 440 – 40hr Clinical Observation, 2 credits

This course is primarily designed for students who have chosen a particular career path in health care and now need to become more familiar with their career of choice and the health care environment.  Students within a year of anticipated application to professional school, including undergraduates and post baccalaureate students will have priority for placement.  We also offer a limited number of one-week summer experiences in clinical locations in rural Montana. 

HMED 540 - Clinical Practicum, 1 Credit

A practical course for graduate students going into the medical field to observe and learn about the services provided by different health care professionals at various stages of patient care.

HMED 575. Professional Paper and Project. 1-4 Credits. (1-4 Ind; 6 cr max)

Mechanism for M.S. students to complete scholarly project necessary for degree requirements.

HMED 594. Seminar – Professional Development and Journal Club, 1 Credit. (1 Sem; 4 cr max)

A course to provide the opportunity to learn more about life as a health care professional, requirements and structures of health care professional schools and to prepare for the application process and a career in health care.