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Internships

Both BIO 390 and LIA 484 courses provide first-hand experience in the health care setting of today for the premedical student. The courses are designed to test the student's suitability for a career in healthcare. This is accomplished by time spent in emergency, surgical, dental or other health care related departments, augmented by a weekly lecture discussing the preparation of a students’ application to professional school.

BIO 390 applications are available online. Students interested in LIA 484 should make an appointment with the Pre-Professional Advising Office at 480-965-2365. Questions regarding BIO 390 or LIA 484 should be directed to Mary Nadarski.

BIO 390 students will complete a weekly rotation in the Emergency Room at partnering hospitals. LIA 484 is a more generalized internship. Students could be placed in a variety of internship sites. Locations and experiences at these sites will vary and may encompass all types of healthcare. Students will work with the Pre-Health Internship Program through the Office of Clinical Partnerships to secure an internship site. Alternatively, students who have already secured a weekly internship site may also apply for LIA 484.

LIA 484 is also available for the summer semester. As BIO 390 is not offered during the summer, students completing LIA 484 will work directly with Mary Nadarski to complete their coursework.

How students function in this environment illuminates with clarity both positive and negative non-cognitive characteristics. This course accurately reveals interpersonal skills and exposes a student's attitude, maturity level, integrity, ability to accept responsibility and common sense. Students with poorly developed non-cognitive characteristics typically do not excel in these courses. The evaluators are emergency department or internship supervisors and staff personnel. All students are graded on a pass/fail basis and receive three semester hours of credit.

BIO 390 Internship

Students in BIO 390 will complete a weekly rotation in the Emergency Room at either Banner University or Honor Healthcare. During their rotation, students will perform a variety of tasks overseen by the hospital staff. You may only apply for one BIO 390 internship location. Once you have applied, you will be given information about submitting documentation for the hospitals. Please be aware that students are not allowed to add BIO 390 to their class schedule until they have been accepted to the internship. This can take up until the day before classes begin because we need confirmation from the hospitals that you are ready to start. BIO 390 Internship Application.

Banner University Hospital

  • Students will complete a 6-10 hour shift once a week in the Emergency Room
  • Students who submit a completed application will be required to do an interview with the ER staff prior to being chosen for the internship

Honor Healthcare Hospitals (Scottsdale Osborn & Scottsdale Shea)

  • Students will complete a 12-hour shift, once per week in the Emergency Room. Shifts are from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Students are chosen for the internship on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by date of completed application and documentation

LIA 484 Internship

For students looking for a general Pre-Health Internship the Pre-Professional Advising Office offers students Internship Credit through LIA 484. Students may be placed in a variety of internship sites. Locations and experiences of these sites will vary and may encompass all types of healthcare. Students who do not already have an internship site will work with the Pre-Health Internship Program through the Office of Clinical Partnerships for placement. The Pre-Professional Advising Office will still continue to teach the course and provide all other information. Alternatively, students who have found an internship site on their own may also apply to LIA 484.

Students in LIA 484 will also be required to attend the BIO 390 lectures. If you have not met with the Pre-Professional Advising Office, you will need to do so before completing documentation for LIA 484 and to add the course. To schedule an appointment, please call 480-965-2365.

Qualifications

All students wishing to complete either BIO 390 or LIA 484 must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Completed 45 credit hours (including transfer). Freshmen are not permitted to apply. Students in junior/senior standing who have not yet applied to professional school are preferred.
  2. Have a 3.2 GPA or higher.
  3. Have completed at least three of the core Pre-Health pre-requisite courses. You will also be considered if you are enrolled at the time of application.
  4. Attend BIO 390 lectures. Class day and time may be found in the class search.

Expectations

Once a student has submitted a general application for either BIO 390 or LIA 484, they should visit Pre-Health Internship - Office of Clinical Partnerships for more information and next steps, including general information and responsibilities. Please contact Christina Islas at christina.islas@asu.edu with questions about submitting forms and documentation.

Regardless of a student's qualifications, the instructor and the internship site have the right to deny any student entrance to the BIO 390/490 class.

  1. Classes are held at different times each semester, please check the schedule of classes. Attendance at all lectures is mandatory.
  2. Attend the orientation with specific internship organization (if required by internship site).
  3. Attend six to twelve hours per week in a specific health care site.

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