What You’ll Learn

The Curriculum

The ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy offers an integrated curriculum that exposes students to the methods and skills of a variety of health professions, including, but not limited to: osteopathic medicine, nursing, and allied health careers such as exercise science, audiology/speech pathology, athletic training, physical and occupational therapy, and nutrition.

All students will learn about health professions through hands-on activities and stimulating discussions. In many sessions students will engage in simulations where they attempt to address real problems confronted by health care professionals. Students might be asked to address a major epidemic, develop a health communication campaign, organize an emergency room triage process, or respond to a bioterrorist attack. Students will get to use actual health care and medical facilities, including the ATSU cadaver lab, where students will have direct contact with real human systems and handle actual human organs; human-patient simulators, where medical students learn how to respond to actual patient crises; and biological, clinical, and exercise laboratories on both the Truman and ATSU campuses.

The Academy’s Classes

Instead of attending an individual course with an individual professor throughout the Academy (as they may have done if they previously attended Truman’s Joseph Baldwin Academy), ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy students will learn and work together, meeting a variety of faculty and professionals in a range of health fields. Over the course of the Academy, students can expect to encounter experts from a range of professions – such as physicians, nurses, therapists, microbiologists, epidemiologists, and professors of exercise science, anatomy, and relevant disciplines in the humanities – among others.

ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy uses a thematically-driven, problem-based curriculum. This means that students not only learn about the systems of the human body and the various professions of health care, but their classes are linked to common problems health professionals might be confronted with in their careers.

Students enrolled in this academy can expect to:

  • Explore the systems of the human body using human cadavers.
  • Learn applicable basic medical skills, including basic lifesaver skills.
  • Explore common clinical practices in a variety of disciplines from real health and safety professionals.
  • Use computerized human patient simulators, and live actors, to safely “practice” life saving responses.

Planned Activities and Exercises

The ATSU-Truman Healthcare Academy planners have assembled an outstanding set of activities and exercises to bring medical professions to life. In fact, they have so much planned, a week almost doesn’t seem like enough! Because our faculty are drawn from area medical faculty, physicians, and field experts, we are not able to provide a full list of activities and speakers in advance. However, if you click on the schedule below, you can see a sampling of typical content. We’ll update this list, as well as our faculty list, as the staff is confirmed.

The Schedule

A more detailed schedule will be provided to Academy students prior to arrival.

Sample Academy Schedule

Sunday

3:00-5:00 pm Optional Check-in at Residence Hall
4:00-5:00 pm Parent Orientation
4:00-5:00 pm Student Orientation Activities
5:15-6:15 pm Dinner
6:00-9:00 pm Group Activities/Acclimation Time
9:30-10:00 pm Hall Meeting
10:15 pm Curfew
11:00 pm Lights Out

Monday

7:00-9:00 am Breakfast/Free Time
9:00-11:00 am – Optional Check-in at Residence Hall
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch/Free Time
1:30-4:30 pm Class and Labs
5:15-5:45 pm Dinner/Free Time
6:00-8:30 pm Activities or Special Exercises
8:30 -9:30 pm Free Time
9:30-10:00 pm Hall Meeting
10:15 pm Curfew
11:00 pm Lights Out

Tuesday-Thursday

7:00-9:00 am Breakfast/Free Time
9:00-11:30 am – Class
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch/Free Time
1:30-4:30 pm Class and Labs
5:15-5:45 pm Dinner/Free Time
6:00-8:30 pm Activities or Special Exercises
8:30 -9:30 pm Free Time
9:30-10:00 pm Hall Meeting
10:15 pm Curfew
11:00 pm Lights Out

Friday

7:00-9:00 am Breakfast/Free Time
9:00-11:30 am – Class
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch/Free Time
1:30-4:30 pm Finalize Case Study Presentations
5:15-5:45 pm Dinner/Free Time
6:00-7:00 pm Case Study Presentation(Parent Welcome)
7:00-8:00 pm Check-Out