The Florida Campus

Hello all.  Last week was a busy one, and this week looks like it's going to be even worse, but at least this weekend is a 3-day weekend! This past week I received an email from a prospective student asking some questions about some specifics of the day-to-day here in Florida. As I was responding to the email, it dawned on me that I had not really gotten into these kinds of the things here on the blog. Being that there is no time like the present, and for the fact that a camera crew was down here last week snapping shots of us in our new digs, I'm deciding to crack an egg of knowledge on you about our campus.

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The Florida campus of National University is located in sunny Pinellas Park, located in northern St. Pete. We are part of the University Partnership Program of St. Petersburg College (SPC) and use their campuses as well as facilities. The partnership program also includes other universities such as Florida State University, University of Florida, University of South Florida, and Barry University among others. National, as well as these other universities share several SPC campuses.

Facilities

NUHS Phase 2 students and faculty just moved into a new building, the Health Education Center Annex, all to ourselves. Incoming students along with Phase 1 students and faculty are part of the Caruth Health Education Center campus one block away. The health center is equipped with several state-of-the-art interactive classrooms, a technique lab, physiology lab, and our pride and joy, the anatomy/dissection lab. Our new Phase 2 facility will be highlighted on the new NUHS website soon, and includes its own spankin' new technique, phlebotomy and radiology labs, as well as interactive classrooms and student lounge.

Curriculum

So the facilities are fantastic, but what about the actual classes? In my opinion, there is no better education one can receive than here at National's FL campus. I know Lombard has incredible teachers, with a wealth of knowledge and experience, but down here we have the same, with a fraction of the student population.

The maximum class size of 20 students makes student-teacher interaction a breeze, and the question and answer time is that much more intense (nowhere to hide in a class of only 20). Twenty students is the maximum. That doesn't mean we have classes that size yet, with National's unique "track system" students have the option to lighten course loads to fit more along their personal schedule. A full time student here at National can expect trimesters to reach around 28 credit hours, so for those students with families or jobs that may need a some more personal time, the load can be lightened by taking a "reduced track."

A majority of my current trimester's classes include myself and two other students, with two classes with just one other classmate. The personal class sizes ensure our knowledge of the course material and allow ample time for questions and practice.

Finally, an NUHS campus wouldn't be complete without a clinic. National's Student Clinic here in Florida currently has a 2-week wait time for appointments. The services we offer to SPC students and faculty is free, with minimal costs for anyone else. Rudy Heiser, DC, MS, DACBR, watches over and guides our Tri 9 and 10 interns through clinic rotations, ensuring their passage from students to physicians.

I hope this week's entry sheds some light onto our new campus that we are very proud to be a part of. I'd like to thank "the man who knows the man," Dr. Joe Stiefel, our dean. He has made the Florida campus a reality, and without his tireless work I don't think we would be here right now learning this incredible profession in the warm Florida sun. If there is anything that I missed, or if anyone has any questions regarding the FL campus, do not hesitate to email me, dexalvarez@student.nuhs.edu. If I don't have the answers, I'll find someone who does and get back to you as soon as I can.

Catch ya on the flip side,
Dex