“Academic Advantage” Anatomy & Physiology

In partnership with Saint Paul College, the Institute offers financial and academic support to a select group of students who take Anatomy & Physiology (HLTH 1420) for 4 credits. This “Academic Advantage” course fulfills the LPN Diploma requirement for biology and is also a requirement for respiratory therapy, yoga, massage, and some esthetics programs.   Applicants who are accepted, complete the “bridge” course (below), and continue in HLTH 1420 will receive a grant that covers class tuition, fees, textbooks, and transportation. .

Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) courses are considered “credible predictors” for success in many medical training programs. In other words, departments look at a student’s grades in this course as an indication of how successfully s/he would complete a medical training program. ”Academic Advantage” provides the extra support that many students need in this very challenging course.

The next tuition-free “Academic Advantage” Anatomy & Physiology course has two parts:

    • A “bridge” course. January 3, 6,7,8 & 10, 2014 at Saint Paul College.   This is a short, free course that prepares students to do well in the anatomy & physiology course that will follow. Participants learn medical terminology, practice note taking, reading, and memory skills, and learn to navigate the Saint Paul College system.
    • HLTH 1420 accredited course. January 14 – May 13, 2014
      • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Twice weekly 2-hour anatomy & physiology classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. AND
      • 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Twice weekly 1-hour Academic Support classes following the Tuesday/Thursday A&P class above. Students review vocabulary & key concepts and get the personal support they need to ensure success in the course.

In order to apply, applicants must:

  • Complete an application form and brief interview
  • Achieve a standard Accuplacer score of 38+ in reading (60+ is preferred)
  • Achieve a TABE score of at least 8 in reading comprehension and/or have been required to complete ESL/ESOL and/or college developmental courses

For more information or to apply for this program, contact Merle Greene at 651-647-0191 x 317.

This program is funded by Minnesota FastTRAC, a new model in Minnesota workforce development that assists under-served populations.  It is a partnership between the International Institute, Saint Paul College, Hubbs Center, and Goodwill/Easter Seals.