Pre-Health professions students go through Boot Camp
Faculty from the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
hosted the 4th annual Boot Camp on the Huntingdon campus for
pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-pharmacy students January 20–24, 2014.
The boot camp, designed by Dr. Doba Jackson, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy, professor of chemistry,
provides 40 hours of free preparation for the MCAT (Medical College
Admission Test), DAT (Dental Admission Test), and the PCAT (Pharmacy
College Admission Test) for Huntingdon College students, alumni, and
staff each January and May.
The goal of the Pre-Health Boot Camps is to prepare students for taking the admission tests required to enter health professions programs. To do so, professors provide intense teaching of the content
material covered by each test and a study plan and schedule for
each student. Instruction covers successful test-taking strategies and provides access to free online practice tests. Student take
their first full-length sample test and receive scores in their area on
the last day of Boot Camp. Participants in the January 2014 Boot Camp were Jeani Layson, Storm McWhorter, Rondarius Hall,
Tanjanik Munford, Wallace Timms, Mallery Robinson, and Rhyann Davis.
Huntingdon professors who volunteered their time to
teach Boot Camp this session were Dr. Doba Jackson (Biochemistry and
Reading Passages), Dr. Jeremy Carr (Organic Chemistry), Dr. Kristi
Jones (Genetics and Microbiology), Prof. Jaime Demick (Physics), and Dr.
Maureen Murphy (General Chemistry). Dr. Jackson served as Boot
Camp coordinator. Students who have participated fully in
these Boot Camps during the past years have scored significantly higher on the
MCAT, DAT, and PCAT when compared to students who have not participated in the Boot Camps.
Past students who have completed Boot Camps at
Huntingdon include Cole Smith (Pharm.D. candidate, South Univ. School of
Pharmacy, Columbia, SC, Class of 2014); Quintarious Perdue, Mary
Terrell, and Ashlee Walters (Harrison School of Pharmacy, Pharm.D.
program); Candice Ruston and Angela Bradley (McWhorter School of
Pharmacy, Samford Pharm. D. program); John Sloan, Danielle Holladay, and
B.J. Fouroughian (South College of Pharmacy , Knoxville,TN, Pharm.D.
program), Hannah Glover (Univ. Southern Nevada SOP Pharm.D./M.B.A.
program), Jacques Lamour (Dominican Republic School of Medicine), and
Christine Whiten and Derval Hutchinson (Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine, Atlanta, GA).