Recognized both in Puerto Rico and abroad for educational service and research achievements, Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) has for 37-years focused on a variety of disciplines including medicine, clinical psychology, biomedical sciences and public health. In addition, this for-profit medical school has put a special emphasis on bilingual and bicultural training for its students to help ensure their selection for and success in medical residencies. The following are some of PHSU’s most recent achievements:
Grads of PHSU’s Master of Science in Medical Science Program Achieve 47 Percent Med School Acceptance Rate
Graduates from Ponce Health Sciences University’s 2017 class of its Master of Science in Medical Science degree program (MSMS) achieved a 47 percent acceptance rate to medical schools.
The MSMS degree, which PHSU launched in 2014, is an integrated, multidisciplinary interdepartmental program in the basic medical sciences that’s the first and only one of its kind in Puerto Rico. It provides students with a broad-based one-year core curriculum that’s designed to improve their academic credentials for admission to medical schools.
Along with providing students who initially were not accepted into medical or dental school an opportunity to bolster their credentials and increase their understanding of core medical school curriculum, PHSU’s MSMS program is also beneficial for students who don’t have academic science backgrounds and wish to pursue careers in the health care industry after graduation.
U.S. DOE Approves Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program for PHSU
Ponce Health Sciences University has received formal approval from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The approval will allow PHSU to create a School of Nursing, which will make its health sciences curriculum available to the undergraduate community in Puerto Rico, the U.S. mainland and other territories.
Educational benefits to PHSU’s nursing students will include opportunities to:
• leverage established relationships with local hospitals
• gain exclusive exposure to the school’s research projects
• achieve mentorship experience from practicing professionals within the Ponce Health Sciences University Wellness Center
“While most nursing programs require four years for completion, our academic team has designed an accelerated, innovative and rigorous program that will enable our students to reduce their tuition investment and complete their studies within three years,” said PSHU President and CEO Dr. David Lenihan.
Prospective students who would like to apply to PHSU’s BSN program can begin the application process http://www.psm.edu/new/nursing-eng/
PHSU Launches Puerto Rico’s Newest Masters of Science in School Psychology Program
Last month, Ponce Health Sciences University began offering Puerto Rico’s newest Master of Science (MS) in School Psychology degree. The program provides graduates with the education, practical training and credentials to offer their services as a social worker or psychologist in an elementary school, middle school, high school or college setting.
PHSU’s two and a half year MS in School Psychology program is open to students who have a B.A. in any major from a college or university approved by the Council on Higher Education and 15 credits in psychology coursework. Enrolled students have the option of completing a concentration in Neuropsychology (NP) or in Neuroscience of Learning (NSL) as part of their studies. After earning their degrees, students will be able to seek licensing in Puerto Rico and in most states across America. •