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January 17, 2014
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Huntingdon College
News Release

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).
The Boot Camps are a coordinated effort of science professors and the Huntingdon Pre-Health Professions Committee (HPPC) []. A second Boot Camp will be offered in May. Please contact Dr. Doba Jackson for further information ( Phone 334.833.4269).


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