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Internships: BIO 390 & MED 484

BIO 390

This course provides first-hand experience in a healthcare setting for students thinking about pursuing a career in the healthcare field. The course is designed to test the student's suitability for a career in healthcare. During the course of the semester, students complete a clinically based internship where they will have weekly rotations and attend a weekly lecture discussing the preparation of a students’ application to professional school.

All students are graded on a pass/fail basis and receive three semester hours of credit. Students are required to attend the in-person lecture as well as complete clinical hours at the hospital. For current and upcoming semester lecture day/time, please check BIO 390 in the class search.

Hospital Information

Students in BIO 390 will complete a weekly rotation in the Emergency Room in one of our partner hospitals. Students may have a weekly 8-12-hour shift, and some sites do have overnight shifts. During their rotation, students will perform a variety of tasks overseen by the hospital staff. You may only apply for 1 (one)  BIO 390 internship location. Once you have applied, you will be given information about submitting documentation for the hospitals. It is recommended you meet with Pre-Professional Advising Office to discuss BIO 390 and course requirements. Appointment requests with PPAO can be done through HandshakeOnce you are in Handshake, select appointments under the Career Center Tab and choose a Pre-Health appointment. 

Current hospital options for BIO 390

  • Banner University Medical Center- Phoenix (8 hours shift, once per week). BUMC requires interviews prior to selection of students.  The role of the student intern is to enhance patient care through communication between patient, family, and medical staff. Students will be able to observe in the ED and Trauma Center. 
  • Banner Desert Medical Center – Mesa (8 hours shift, once per week). The role of the student intern is to enhance patient care through communication and advocacy between patient, family, and medical staff. Students will be able to observe in the ED and Cardon Children's Medical Center. 
  • Banner Gateway Medical Center – Gilbert (8 hours shift, once per week). The role of the student intern is to enhance patient care through communication and advocacy between patient, family, and medical staff. Students will be able to observe in the ED and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center – Sun City (8 hours shift, once per week). The role of the student intern is to enhance patient care through communication and advocacy between patient, family, and medical staff. Students will be able to observe in the ED.
  • Honor Health (Scottsdale Shea, Scottsdale Osborn, or Thompson Peak) (12 hours shift, once per week, 7 AM-7 PM or 7 PM-7 AM) The role of the student intern is to enhance patient care through communication and advocacy between patient, family, and medical staff. Students will be assigned to observe at Scottsdale Shea, Thompson Peak or Scottsdale Osborn ED. 

Please note: Be aware that students are not allowed to add BIO 390 to their class schedule until they have been accepted. This can take up until the day before classes begin to obtain confirmation from hospitals. 

Expectations

The Pre-Professional Advising Office (PPAO) oversees all the academic components of the BIO 390 course. The class will be taught by a Pre-Health Advisor and any questions regarding the course should be directed to PPAO. Appointment requests with PPAO can be done through Handshake. Once you are in Handshake, select appointments under the Career Center Tab and choose a Pre-Health appointment. 

The Office of Clinical Partnerships Pre-Health Internship Program oversees the placement and onboarding of students to the hospitals. Please contact Christina Islas (Christina.Islas@asu.edu) or Julie Vo (Julie.Vo@asu.edu) with questions about sites, orientation, submitting forms and documentation.

  • Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from the site; please ensure you have access to reliable transportation and indicate any transportation barriers during the application.
  • Regardless of a student's qualifications, the instructor, coordinators, and internship site have the right to deny any student entrance to the BIO 390 class.
  • BIO 390 has a lecture component and is held at different times each semester. Please check the schedule of classes. Attendance at all lectures is mandatory.
  • Attendance at hospital orientation is mandatory. 
    • Complete all required hours and shifts at your hospital
    • Show up to your assigned shift day/time each week
    • If you need to miss a shift, contact the hospital for permission and plan to make-up any shifts if required. Students may observe ASU academic holidays but will need to notify the hospital. 
    • Act professionally and in accordance to the ASU handbook at all times.

Qualifications

At the time of application, all students applying for BIO 390 must meet the following qualifications:

  • Completed 45 credit hours (including transfer) and be of junior/senior status. Freshmen are not permitted to apply;
  • Have a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher;
  • Have completed at least three of the core Pre-Health pre-requisite courses;
  • Ensure your schedule allows for attendance at the BIO 390 lectures. Class day and time may be found in the class search.
    • If adding BIO 390 will put a student over the maximum 18 credit hours for 1 semester, the student will need to request an overload from their department or the college. Students should anticipate this in advance of being accepted for the class
  • It is recommended students meet with the Pre-Professional Advising Office (PPAO) to discuss career interests in healthcare. During the appointment PPAOP will:
      • Review your academic preparations and plan for taking the entrance exam.
      • Discuss what extracurricular and work activities you’ve engaged in since starting college.
      • Plan for your timeline to application, including letters of recommendation and more.

Please note: Criteria may be more selective for each hospital. 

Health and Safety Requirements

The PHIP Placement Specialist will notify students what the health and safety requirements will be for each hospital. Submission of materials is required for a complete application. All requirements will vary among hospitals but may include the following:

  • Immunizations or titers (Hepatitis B series, MMR, Varicella, Influenza, etc). Exception forms may be provided per hospital policy
  • Negative Two-Step Tb test or Quantiferon blood test
  • CPR certification: BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Drug screening: Panel 10 drug test; mycb.castlebranch.com Fee of $40.00
  • Background check: mycb.castlebranch.com  Fee of $67.00
  • Fingerprint clearance card: Information on obtaining an AZ Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card can be found at www.azdps.gov/services/public/fingerprint AZ Department of Public Service application fee is $65.00.  Electronic fingerprinting fee is $7.95. Fingerprints completed through other services may cost $40.00 or more.
  • MyClinical Exchange Account: Fee of $36.50 

Please note: Students are responsible for all costs for any health and safety requirements needed.

Application

Students may apply at students.asu.edu/prehealth/internships. Please ensure you submit your application by the deadline date to be considered.

 

MED 484- Hospice of the Valley

This course provides first-hand experience in Hospice of the Valley. Students will observe palliative and hospice care. The students will gain a thorough understanding of patient care and of the role and challenges for physicians and other professionals in this field. Students also get exposure to units specializing in dementia and pediatrics. Students will explore Alzheimer's disease and other dementias form the prospective of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Scope of Internship

Students will spend four hours a week in a hospice inpatient unit shadowing healthcare providers and another four hours doing home visits.

Some responsibilities include:

  • Students will observe patients with varying acute symptoms. 
  • Students will shadow nurses, social workers, chaplains, and medical directors.
  • Students will discuss and explore clinical issues facing palliative care. 
  • Students will review charts and participate in research projects.
  • Students can also participate in special projects for patients. 

Expectations

The College of Health Solutions oversees all the academic components of the HCD 484 course. The class will be taught by Dr. Gillian Hamilton and any questions regarding the course should be directed to Gillian.Hamilton@asu.edu.

The Office of Clinical Partnerships Pre-Health Internship Program oversees the placement of students. Please contact Christina Islas (Christina.Islas@asu.edu) or Julie Vo (Julie.Vo@asu.edu) with questions about submitting forms and documentation.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from the site; please ensure you have access to reliable transportation and indicate any transportation barriers during the application. Regardless of a student's qualifications, the instructor, coordinators, and internship site have the right to deny any student entrance to the HCD 484 internship course.

  • Complete all required hours and shifts at your internship site (these requirements are set by the SITE; not all students will be completing the same hours/week)
  • Show up to your assigned shift day/time each week
  • Act professionally and in accordance to the ASU handbook at all times.

Qualifications

All students applying to HCD 484 must meet the following qualifications:

  • Meet with the your program advisor to discuss your interest in a career in healthcare and review program criteria.
  • Completed 45 credit hours (including transfer). Freshmen are not permitted to apply.
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

Health and Safety Requirements

Students must adhere to all health and safety requirements set by Hospice of the Valley in order to begin on site. The course instructor will notify students of the required items. The following may be required prior to beginning on site:

  • Negative Tb test

Optional: 

  • CPR certification: BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Immunizations or titers (Hepatitis B series, MMR, Varicella, Influenza, etc.)

Please note: Students are responsible for all costs for any health and safety requirements needed.

Application

Students may apply at clinicalpartnerships.asu.edu/phip. Please ensure you submit your application by the deadline date to be considered.