Accelerated Science Program Helps Adult Students Find Healthcare Jobs Faster

The Integrated Science Program from Lifelong Education Institute

Integrated Science Program
Integrated Science Program

The older we get, the more aware we become of time remaining. We tend to become more efficient because there is less time to waste, less time to spend doing something we either a) don't want to do, or b) are capable of doing faster.

If you're in the medical field, or want to be, and the above sounds like you, the Integrated Science Program (ISP) from Lifelong Learning Institute might be right for you.

In a nutshell, the program focuses on one science for a full month, and then moves on to the next subject. So rather than taking four subjects at the same time for a full semester, you immerse yourself in just one subject--focused attention on one topic.

At Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU), for example, the ISP format involves face-to-face, full-day classroom time on Saturdays and Sundays, web-based learning from home during the week, and weekly tests. It's designed especially for adult students who work. With this format, they're able to attend classes on weekends and fit the self-study portion of the class, which includes online discussion forums, into their lives whenever they can on weekdays.

At SCU, the following courses are available in the ISP format:

  • Biochemistry + Lab
  • Chemistry for Allied Health Professionals (Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry combined) + Lab)
  • General Chemistry 1 & 2 + Lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 + Lab
  • Human Biology 1 & 2 + Lab
  • Microbiology + Lab
  • Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 + Lab
  • Physics 1 & 2 + Lab

Most ISP students at SCU are working toward completing science prerequisites for health science degrees for use in the following careers:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry and Dental Hygiene
  • Medicine
  • Nursing (LPN, LVN, CNA, ADN, RN, BSN, MS, PhD)
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine

The ISP brochure from SCU states: "Immersion learning enables ISP students to easily remember the earliest lessons of the curriculum throughout the entire duration of the course. ISP students report that never before have they grasped and retained the concepts of basic sciences so completely."

The accelerated format is equal to the same credit hours as traditional semester-long programs, providing nontraditional students with one more option for fitting school into their already busy lives.

If you're unsure about whether or not this kind of program is right for you, plan to attend one of the monthly open houses held on Saturdays in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. You'll also find the FAQ page helpful in answering questions you have, and there's a webinar you can take that explains everything about the Integrated Science Program, including how to apply. Testimonials are also helpful when you're trying to decide on an unconventional form of study. Be sure to read what other students have said about their success with the program.

Allen Grove, About's Expert on College Admissions, has a nice profile on Southern California University, including info about the test scores you'll need to get in, the number of applicants generally accepted, enrollment numbers, costs, financial aid available, most popular majors, transfer, graduation, and retention rates, and the school's mission statement. That's a whole lot of info in one spot.

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