Science Can Be Beautiful!

The world of scientific study can be dazzlingly beautiful. Check out the winning photos from 40 years of Nikon's annual "Small World" contest winners on CNN. These images are captured by a light microscope and called "photomicrographs." The field of study that works to capture these images is "micrography." The photos are not only a form of art, but can capture and illuminate important scientific data about the subjects.

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If you can't get enough of micrography, here is a link to a listing of all the Nikon "Small World" galleries.

Campus Visit Day Gives a Taste of “Going Back to School”

Does going back to finish a bachelor's degree feel intimidating? Does it seem like an overwhelming decision - so overwhelming that you just keep putting it off?

A great remedy to cure your reservations about going back to school is to try a campus visit day or "student-for-a-day" experience.  Testing the college experience out for just a day is like dipping your toes in the water. You don't have to commit, but you can see if it feels comfortable, and you can have all your questions answered.

 ClassActually being on campus, meeting faculty and staff, and sitting in on a class, can dispel a lot of fear.  You'll probably be surprised how many other people, just like you, are deciding to go back and finish a four-year degree.  You'll also have a chance to see how much college may have changed since you left (e.g. new technology, Facebook groups, online course options).

National University of Health Sciences does a great job of immersing you in interactive and hands-on experiences during their Visit Day and Student For a Day events. We know you have lots of questions about course credits, financial aid, career opportunities, and how to fit our convenient evening classes into your already busy life. We understand what an important step going back to school can be, and provide as much support and information as possible to help you make the right decision.

There's no time like right now to set one day aside and experience National University. Our next Visit Day is Saturday, March 14, and we also have Student for a Day event scheduled for March 26th, and more throughout the year.

 

What is Kinesiology?

KinesiologySome science courses have strange names that you may have never heard before. Take "kinesiology" for example. What is it? Kinesiology is the physics of the human body, or how the body functions when it's in motion.

Terry Elder, DC, of National University, teaches kinesiology in the bachelor of biomedical science program. He says, "Kinesiology is the function of joints and muscles -- how the body works. It can prepare you very well for graduate health programs in virtually any field, whether you'll be studying medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, or any other health career degree."

For example, in Dr. Elder's class, you'll not only learn the names and locations of muscles, but also:

  • which muscles are active in what types of movements,
  • how they coordinate together,
  • which muscles contract and which muscles lengthen when you step forward,
  • how these different actions stabilize each other.

Kinesiology is crucial for those who are planning a career in sports medicine, orthopedics or chiropractic medicine. These are fields where professionals must keenly understand the cause and prevention of injury. For that reason, understanding anatomy is not enough. They have to know how different types of motion put stress on joints and muscles. You might say that kinesiology puts anatomy in motion so that we can gain a better understanding of how the human body is engineered.

At National University's bachelor of biomedical science program, you can study kinesiology as well as your choice of over over 40 courses in science, math, computer and communication subjects specifically designed to prepare you for a career in health care. 

NUHS Succeeds in Graduating More Women with a STEM Degree

National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) is succeeding in attracting women to its undergraduate science program. In fact, NUHS is graduating a higher proportion of females compared to males- an impressive 58% ‑ in its bachelor of science degree (BS) completion program in biomedical sciences. 

There is an overall shortage in the United States of students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees, and a disproportionately small number of women in STEM degrees. That's why the number of women choosing and graduating from the BS program at NUHS is significant and may offer other schools ideas on how to structure a successful program.

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The BS program at NUHS is designed for students who have already completed an associate's degree, or equivalent college credit. It is exceptionally rigorous in that the courses are taught in graduate level facilities, often by graduate level faculty, with a student peer group primarily aiming for admission to various medical schools in the region.

Students in the NUHS BS program can choose from over 40 classes in the biological sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or computer and communications courses related to science careers.

Administrators at NUHS cite a number of possible reasons why a high number of women both choose and successfully complete the program:

  • The program is suitable for women who may not have completed a four-year degree due to family obligations or financial difficulty.
  • The evening courses fit into the schedules of women who are working or have daytime family responsibilities.
  • The program format is attractive to older career-changers or adult learners who want to complete a science degree and bring it into the workforce quickly. The program at NUHS can require as few as 16 months to complete.
  • The degree is flexible, in that students can choose any combination of science courses that fits into their future plans and individual interests.

The BS program at NUHS is not identified with fields that are stereotypically more or less attractive to females.  (The university's graduate and professional degree programs tend to attract an even distribution of men and women.) The NUHS program is not a technician or career placement degree such as one specific to becoming a nurse, dietician or respiratory therapist, but rather a general degree. This may actually be an advantage of the program. The versatility of the degree could allow women who've discovered an interest in science and health care later in life time to explore and carefully consider where they want to go with their science education. 

"A high percentage of our graduates, both male and female, do end up choosing a career in health care, either going on to complete one of our professional degree programs, or applying to dentistry, osteopathy, or medical degree programs," says Dr. Randy Swenson, vice president for academic services at NUHS.  "However, some students use their bachelor's degree to enter into public health careers, or research assistant jobs in the food or pharmaceutical industry, both of which are large employers in the Chicago area."

National University of Health Sciences hopes that its program may be a model for other undergraduate institutions seeking to attract more female students in STEM majors. Educational advisors or policy makers are welcome to schedule a visit to NUHS to see how the program and facilities provide at attractive option for students seeking to complete their undergraduate degree in a science field.

Free & Fun Phone Apps for Biomedical Science Students

SmartphonesIf you just can't get enough science, you can turn your phone into a fun science learning resource through several free apps: 

iCell for iPhone and iPad, or Android
Gives a 3D view of various cells and their structures and organelles.

3D Brain for iPhone and iPad, or Android
Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures in the human brain. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.

Speed Anatomy Quiz for iPhone and iPad, or Android
How fast can you point to your liver or gall bladder? Do you know the difference between, the sacrum and the manubrium? Speed Anatomy is an addictive game that tests your speed and challenges your knowledge of human anatomy.

Periodic Table of Elements for iPhone and iPad, or Android
No more wall charts necessary!

Gene Screen for iPhone and iPad
Teaches the basics of genetics, genetic diseases, and genetic screenings with helpful animations. 

Genetics for Medics for Android
A bit more advanced information on genetics, but hey, it's free!

Project Noahfor iPhone and iPad, or Android
Take a photo of a plant or animal in nature that you've spotted to keep a record of species, learn more about it, and contribute to planet-wide data collection.

Don't forget, National University of Health Sciences now has a mobile-friendly website too!