Health Science Professions Summer (HSPS) program

HSPSP 2012

The goals of the HSPS program are to:

  • Expose student participants to the diverse range of medical and health science careers
  • Give students a robust medical and health science related experience
  • Empower student participants by preparing them for STEM college classes

The HSPS program is a one-week commuter program designed for high school students interested in discovering the variety of professions available to students who pursue a college degree in biological and health sciences, nursing and medicine.  The students spend four days immersed in hands-on activities offered by Quinnipiac University's schools of Nursing, Health Sciences and Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences

Along with these experiences, the students also gain knowledge of the college application process and the teaching and learning required to pursue a STEM focused career. On their final day, the students are given the opportunity to share their experiences with their parents, the Quinnipiac faculty and corporate guests.

Below is an example schedule taken from the program offered in 2012.  Please note that in 2013 one of the days will be led by the School of Health Sciences.

Program Cost: $150
Scholarships are available to cover the program cost - please ask the center director directly.

2014 Dates:
Session 1: Monday, July 14, 2014 - Friday, July 18, 2014 *Applications for Session 1 are closed, please apply for Session 2*
Session 2: Monday, July 21, 2014 - Friday, July 26, 2014

Application Process:
To apply for this program, please download a copy of the application form (PDF) and complete it. Once completed, it may be returned to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center in one of three ways:

  1. Scanning the completed form and emailing it to the director (
  2. Faxing it to 'BMS Center' at 203-582-8682
  3. Mailing it to the attention of "Lucie Howell, Bristol-Myers Squibb Center at QU," at 275 Mount Carmel Ave, Suite 101 Buckman Center, Hamden, CT 06518

Watch a video from the 2012 HSPSP:

2012 HSPS Program Schedule
Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
School/Discipline Lead Prof. Mary Ann Cordeau Prof. Sara Berke Prof. Anthony Ardolino Prof. Sarah Berke Lucie Howell
Theme Nursing and Nursing Techniques Medical and Science Researchers Physicians and Surgeons Forensic Scientists and Pathologists EXPO day and parent workshop
Learning Objectives/Outcomes 1. Increase understanding of the opportunities and pathways available to enter the nursing profession
2. Increased understanding of the roles and work environments of the professional nurse and medical asepsis
3. Develop critical nursing skills, including taking vital signs, holistic nursing and critical thinking
1. Design and conduct an experiment to determine the toxicity of tobacco in insect models
2. Apply knowledge gained from the tobacco experiment to suggest and investigate toxic effects of tobacco in humans
3. Increase understanding and knowledge about the opportunities and pathways available to enter a medical and health science research career
1. Increased understanding of the opportunities and pathways available to enter the profession of medicine
2. Ability to solve medical problems through case-based learning exercises
3. Participate in modem technological advances in medical education, such as virtual microscopy, simulated laboratory and standardized patient experiences
1. Increased understanding and knowledge about the opportunities and pathways available to enter a forensic science career
2. Perform many different hands-on forensic science techniques to solve a fictitious crime
3. Evaluate data received from the forensic science experiment to determine the culprit
1. Increased knowledge and understanding of the college application process for parents
2. Increased knowledge and understanding regarding financial aid for college
3. Students gain an understanding of how each of the health science professions are interconnected
Learning Activities -Hands on activities to experience and develop key nursing skills - vital sign monitoring, holistic nursing and critical thinking
-Discussion with nursing faculty and students regarding the pathways and opportunities within the nursing profession
-Experiment studying the effects of varying dosages of tobacco on insects of different sizes
-Hands-on activity to demonstrate how tobacco interferes with neuron function in the brain
-Meeting with health science researchers to learn more about their day-to-day activities and the career path they took
-Activities to show that all of us are naturally curious about science and world around us
-Faculty discussions about the role of the physician
-Associate dean of admissions leading a discussion about admissions requirements and paths to success
-Case-based and problem-based learning exercises involving intriguing medical diseases and conditions
-Virtual microscopy, simulated laboratory and standardized patient encounters
-Question and answer sessions
-Numerous hands-on activities, including DNA profiling, fingerprint analysis, fiber analysis and blood analysis
-Discussion about how forensic science differs from TV forensic shows
-Activities to help explain the complexity of a forensic investigation
-Meeting with police and forensic scientists to learn about the forensic process first hand, their daily activities, and career pathways
-Parent workshop to discuss the college application process, financial aid and scholarship applications
-Student exposition of the work they have completed within the week's programs with staff, faculty, parents and guests

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