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
BUS/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.
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.
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.
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.
PED4811 Strength and Conditioning Exam Preparation
This course provides students with assistance in studying and preparing for the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. This course is designed to provide an engaging and interactive learning environment that provides an intensive overview of the primary content emphasized on the exam. Students will be provided with the NSCA EP Live workbook with additional practice questions and instruction on how to analyze and apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be successful on the exam. Students will also have preparation in test-taking strategies and will be provided with practical sessions in the weight room.
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.
SWK5812 Social Work Roadmap to Success
In this course, students will build and apply knowledge essential to professionalism in the field of social work. A focus of this course will be to ensure each student develops clear professional goals and the skillset to pursue them. Specific attention will be given to professional identity development, professional writing skills and licensure preparedness.