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Video Transcript – About the College of Health Sciences

[upbeat music]

Hi my name is Tim Dunnagan and I’m the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. In the College of Health Sciences we are dedicated to promoting lifelong health and we do that through four primary areas.

[Nursing students walk through the hall carrying textbooks, other nursing students practice with a simulation patient]

The first are three schools; we have the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, and the school of Allied Health Sciences. One of the many unique things that we have in our college is having University Health Services, situated within the college. This allows for a variety of learning experiences for our students while delivering important health care programming for faculty, staff, and primarily, our students.

[student drives onto the blue turf to aid an injured football player, working as a team, students assist the injured player and drive him off the field secured to a stretcher]

We have a number of outstanding opportunities for our students, one that I’d like to mention is interprofessional education. Interprofessional education represents the future of healthcare and it shows how students come together and work in teams to provide the best quality care for the patient.

[Crystal Parks, Alumna Respiratory Care]: The interprofessional education initiative in the College of Health Science at Boise State strives provide numerous opportunities for health science students that allow us to be placed in scenarios where we can work as a team to perform procedures and further learn from one another.

[nursing students perform procedures using an infant simulation patient]

[Tim Dunnigan]: We also have a state-of-the-art simulation center. As a non-Health Medical Center, we’re one of the few in the United States that are certified both in research and teaching.

[Graham Doudy, Undergraduate Nursing student]: You have the actual experience of doing it you’re not just reading in the textbook and that applies to you know just any major it’s not just nursing. When you actually get to do what you’re learning, it resonates with you much more because there’s a difference between being taught something and then when you actually learn it and with Sim, that allows you to actually learn what you’re doing so when you go into the clinical setting it’s not just stuff you’ve been told, they’re actually tools in your toolbox that you can use on the floor.

[Tim Dunnigan]: We also allow students to engage in valuable research experiences. This occurs at the graduate and undergraduate program. This allows students to gain valuable learning skills in real-life settings in an intimate working relationship with the faculty.

[Faculty work together with students in a lab setting]

[Luke Montrose, Assistant Professor Department of Community and Environmental Health]: I think it’s really important for students to participate in research while they’re pursuing their degree because it is a different experience than just sitting in a classroom. Didactic learning, taking notes while listening to a lecture certainly has its benefits but actually going into the lab and learning about epigenetics or learning about gene regulation, learning about Alzheimer’s disease firsthand with a pipette with the skills and knowledge that you gain from working in a lab and also in our lab being able to take those skills that you’ve learned in the lab and translate them into community solutions, that has, in my mind, a greater benefit than just didactic learning in the classroom alone.

[Tim Dunnigan]: The College of Health Sciences is dedicated to a high quality educational experience for all its students. I want to welcome you to the College and go Broncos!