Aurora University

Professional Preparation Courses

Learn how to launch your career by taking a course to prepare for your field of study, a national licensure exam, or graduate school.

The courses below are offered in a 3 week format during May Term.

Professional Preparation Courses

BIO3813 Medical School Preparation
Students interested in applying to a medical professional program would engage in a three-week experience that introduces students to the various medical professions, guides them through the medical school admissions process, and walks them through the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Students will develop a personal plan for medical school admission, learn test preparation strategies and review material for the MCAT, work with a faculty mentor to polish their admissions essay, complete mock admissions interviews, and network with medical professionals. By the end of the course, students will be well-prepared to produce a quality medical school application and be more prepared for the MCAT.

EDU3811 Illinois Teacher Licensure Exam Preparation
This three-week course is designed to prepare education majors for the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) content area test. Students will analyze the ILTS exam framework, review test taking strategies, diagnose areas for improvement, and construct an action plan for success. This course is open to all education students regardless of their content area.

EDU2811 Daily School Operations for Teachers K-12
During the course of your studies to secure your Professional Educators License there are many topics about out of classroom services, duties and responsibilities in School Districts and Schools that are touched on. Take this course to more deeply explore these areas. Some the topics that will be explored but are not limited will include front office, physical properties, ancilarly training, athletics, student services, learning/resource centers, technology, sub finder systems and unions. Your instructor and guest speakers from area school districts will join you in learning about and preparing you for daily life in a school environment.

EDU4811 Illinois Teacher Licensure Exam Preparation for Elementary Education Mathematics
This three-week course is designed to prepare Elementary Education majors for the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Mathematics component. Teacher candidates will analyze the Elementary Education ILTS Mathematics Exam Framework including College Algebra and Statistics; Counting; Cardinality, Base Ten; Operations; Algebraic Thinking, Measurement; and Data and Geometry. Elementary Education teacher candidates will also review test taking strategies, diagnose areas for improvement, and construct an action plan for success. This course is open to all Elementary Education majors.

HLS2811 EKG Technician Certification
Students will learn how to set up and administer EKGs and stress tests. Students will also learn how to prepare patients for Holter monitors and edit final test results to physicians. Students must be comfortable practicing skills on each other. Students will be asked to sign a waiver. A student will need to purchase a voucher at the bookstore to gain access to the online study guide and the certification exam. Students must pass the National Healthcare Association examination to earn certification.

HLS2812 Phlebotomy Certification
Students will be introduced to the role of the phlebotomist and their vital membership within a clinical laboratory team. Experience is acquired in obtaining patients' blood specimens. Students must complete a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks. Students must be comfortable practicing skills on each other. Students will be asked to sign a waiver. A student will need to purchase a voucher at the bookstore to gain access to the online study guide and the certification exam. Students must pass the National Healthcare Association examination to earn certification.

IDS3814 Launching Your Career
As a three-week interdisciplinary and deliverable-focused experience, Launching Your Career provides students with an interactive platform to connect classes to career, resulting in completion of several career-development items such as resumes, cover letters, elevator pitches, and best practices of employment interviewing. This course is appropriate for all majors. At the end of this course, students will demonstrate the necessary skills to be a competitive job applicant for internships and general employment.

IDS3815 Graduate School Preparation
This course allows students to prepare for the process of applying to graduate schools. Students planning on attending graduate school may be required to sit for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a professionally administered test that assesses a test taker's cognitive aptitudes needed to earn a graduate degree successfully. This GRE Prep course is designed to give students the opportunity to review relevant subject matter material and prepare to use strategies to optimize their GRE effort. Students will also be coached on interview skills, personal essay writing and instruction on completing graduate school applications.

NUR3811 Promoting Academic Success in Nursing Preparation
This three-week course is designed to prepare nursing students in their NUR3000-level and NUR4000-level courses for academic success in their NUR4000-level courses and success on National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The course will allow students to understand their ATI results for purposes of identifying their academic strengths and areas for improvement. During the course, students will develop and implement an individualized plan to prepare for success in their remaining nursing courses and on the NCLEX-RN.

PSC3813 Law School Preparation
Suitable for all majors, this three-week experience introduces students to the legal profession, guides them through the law school admissions process, and helps prepare them for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Students will develop a personal plan for law school admission, learn test preparation strategies and complete several practice exams, work with a faculty mentor to polish their admissions essay, complete mock admissions interviews, and network with legal professionals. By the end of the course, students will be well-prepared to produce a quality law school application.

Registration for summer courses is now open for current AU students and students enrolled at other colleges.