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Health Careers

Planning for a Career in Health Care

The extensive information provided on this site was compiled by Dr. Charles Ferguson to help students improve their chances of success in health-related careers. You'll find resources to help you assess your personal fit with specific careers. You'll also find tips for getting into medical school and other health-related programs.    


Dr. Charles Ferguson, Dr. Kent Nofsinger​ and Denise Leberer are available to assist in planning a course of study designed to improve your chances of success in the health career of your choice and Trishia Vasquez​ is available by appointment for the BA/BS MD program. For additional resources please click here.  For general information please call 303-352-3648 or click on the links above for Dr. Ferguson, Dr. Nofsinger, Denise and Trishia's walk-in office hours for advising.


The information below lists current events, seminars and resources that may be of particular interest for students pursuing a career in the Health Professions. To see University events and seminars happening on the Denver and Anschutz campus, please click here


Healthcare Interest Program at Denver Health 

We have a wonderful mentorship program for students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds interested in a health care career called the Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) at Denver Health.  I have attached the HIP application for the 2016-2017 academic year and it is due July 22nd, 2016.  The program is intended for sophomores and juniors that have completed basic science coursework, have a GPA >2.7, and for students who do not yet have clinical shadowing experience.  

The program is multi-faceted and includes one-to-one mentorship by a health care provider, clinical shadowing in various health care fields, monthly didactic on health disparities, book club, community service, and opportunities in health services research.​

HIP 2016-17 application final.docHIP 2016-17 application final.doc

CU ASDA Summer Pre-Dental Academy 

Our student ASDA organization is putting together a summer pre-dental academy. This is completely student run, and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is not in charge of this event, however, we have some faculty and administration that will be presenting throughout the summer program. It's an 8 week academy that meets every Saturday from 1-3:00p at the Anschutz Medical Campus. It's $75 to register, for more information please visit the following link.

Point of Care Ultrasound & Emergency Medicine​

The University of Colorado Emergency Department is excited to offer a hands on course in Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Emergency Medicine for all pre-health undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. This course is ideal for anyone interested in learning more Point-of-Care ultrasound and the application process to medical school or any other health professions graduate school. 

August 4-6
Registration deadline is July 29 

Please contact with questions, 

Juliana Wilson, DO MPH
Course Director for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course for Undergraduates
Associated Faculty
University of Colorado  

June 30th - Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service Opens

2016-2017 PTCAS INSTRUCTIONS: APTA is pleased to announce that the 2016-2017 PTCAS application instructions and directory pages are now available on the live PTCAS website at The website includes a  revised PowerPoint slides for applicants at

APPLICATION: The new application will open by 5:00 pm ET on June 30. Please instruct students not to send materials to PTCAS until then. 

NEW PROGRAMS: APTA welcomed the following DPT programs to the PTCAS community for the 2016-2017 cycle to date. There are currently 208 programs participating in PTCAS.  See also the PTCAS directory.

•             Angelo State University

•             Kean University

•             Medical University of South Carolina

•             Northeastern University

•             Texas State University

•             Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

•             University of Evansville

•             University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 

ESSAY QUESTION: The new PTCAS essay question for the next cycle will be "What is professionalism in the context of being a student in a doctor of physical therapist degree program?" 


English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 

ESOL Conversation Group

Center For Global Health: Global Health & Disaster Course

This course prepares its participants for international experiences and future global health work. The interactive training incorporates readings, lectures, small group problem based learning exercises, technical skill sessions, and a disaster simulation exercise. 

Space is limited for this course, and preference will be given to those who are actively involved in promoting and implementing global health activities in low resource countries.   If you are interested in attending, please obtain a registration form by clicking here​. 

Questions about the course may be directed to Michelle Shiver, Center for Global Health at 

Deadline for receipt of registration is September 5, 2016.

New Course For 2016 Fall Semester

Dr. Jones is offering a new course this fall in Parasitology (BIOL 3134 section 001).  This course will fulfill the requirements for upper division credit for the BS in Biology.  It is also a fabulous course for BS in Public Health students who may be looking at international work in the future.  Everybody is encouraged to think about taking it. ​






Please click here for the complete 2016 MCAT Schedule.



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