During WEEK 1, you are required to come to the course orientation meeting on the first Thursday from 5:15-6:05 in room SC 115. All current Rural Health Scholars students should be enrolled in one seminar course. All seminars are pass/fail, one-credit DSU courses.
To register:

  • Register for BIOL 3000R-50 (CRN 41140) for RHS Health Exploration Course or BIOL 3000R-51 (CRN 41153) for Advanced Health Seminars
  • To complete registration, go to:


  • For seminars, you are still required to do a weekly article and class reflection, due by Saturday at 12:00 midnight to Canvas.
  • You may switch back and forth between seminars if you so choose, especially if you are deciding between different medical disciplines. Please make sure you choose a primary seminar first to attend regularly.


RHS Health Career Exploration Class

Thursdays – 5:15-6:05 p.m., SCI 137
Taught by Rural Health Scholars Staff

Are you interested in a career in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, veterinary science, or literary any other healthcare field? This course is the course for you! We will explore the world of healthcare, helping students to identify career paths and the steps necessary to enter each field. We will discuss the requirements for graduate programs, the importance of service, loan forgiveness programs, hear from guest speakers, and learn about current developments in health care. THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR THE ROCKY VISTA EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM.


Verbal Reasoning/Reading Comprehension

Wednesdays – 9:00-9:50 a.m, HCC 476
Taught by Kasey DeLynn Shakespear, MHA, MPH, MA, Program Coordinator

Reading Comprehension/Verbal Reasoning can be the most difficult part of your entrance exam whether it is the MCAT, DAT, GRE, PCAT, or OAT. Join this seminar to assist in your entrance exams, as well as your reading comprehension for undergraduate courses. Learning strategies and practicing sections takes significant time – this seminar will give you tools to employ. This seminar will help with your other classes!


Rocky Vista University COM Early Acceptance Program/Medical Specialties

Thursdays – 4:00 – 4:50 p.m., SCI 137
Taught by RHS staff members and Daniel Sullivan, RVU EAP accepted student

This course is specifically for students interested in learning more about the Rocky Vista University Early Acceptance Program. This applies to either the Ivins, UT or Parker, CO campuses. Instructors will cover qualifications for this program, osteopathic medicine, requirements prior to matriculation, student eligibility, and the application process.

NOTE: The first six of this seminar will focus on the RVU EAP Program, after which, students who will apply to the EAP will continue the application process. The final 11 weeks will shift to medical specialties.


Pharmacy Seminar

Thursdays – 7:00 -7:50 p.m,, SCI 137
Taught by Colton Winder, PharmD, Hurricane Family Pharmacy

Taught by local pharmacist Colton Winder. Explore pharmacy as a career choice and learn of the challenges and successes of the profession. Students will also learn the basics of applying to pharmacy school. This seminar is a great choice for any student as the Pharmacy field impacts all of healthcare.


Physician Assistant Seminar

Tuesdays – 6:00-6:50 p.m., SCI 115
Taught by Jacqueline Murray, PA-C,

Discover the career of a Physician’s Assistant. Taught by local PA Jaqueline Murray, course content will cover the application process, specialties vs. primary care, emergency medicine, palliative care, SOAP notes, and general roles of PAs in Utah. This course is suggested for anyone interested in learning more about the PA career path, as well as those who have already decided this is the route for them.


Medical Skills Training

Wednesdays – 7:00-7:50 p.m., SCI 115
Taught by Elijah Fielding, PA-C, Family Healthcare

Learn to take blood pressures, do basic lab tests, take patient histories, and explore patient confidentiality issues. In addition, discover universal precautions and leave this class ready to interact with patients. This seminar is highly encouraged for students interested in participating in Health Fairs, Cultural Immersion Trips, and other patient exposure activities. If you do not have any other health license (Pharm Tech, CNA, MA, EMT).


Healthcare Simulation

On Your Own Time as Scheduled by Intermountain Healthcare

This course, run through Intermountain Healthcare and the Dixie Regional Hospital, trains students to be actors in a simulated health care training environment. Students in this seminar will attend a three-hour training, attend one simulation as an observer, and then complete five additional simulations (of two to four hours each) as an actual actor. Actors are used for training situations of hospital employees. This is a great opportunity for service hours and exposure to a hospital setting. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of community service hours and earn a letter of recommendation. This class does not meet formally on campus, but you are still required to do the weekly article reflection and your attendance will be tracked separate from Canvas. A flu shot is required for this experience.

There are limited spaces available. To reserve your seat in this seminar, you need to have completed the google form listed above.

*This seminar is suggested for students who are close to applying to a healthcare graduate program, not early in their undergraduate careers. Space is limited in training dates.


FQHC Dental Shadowing Practicum

On Your Own Time as Scheduled by Family Healthcare

This course is a collaborative effort between the Rural Health Scholars Program and the Family Healthcare St. George Clinic to offer pre-dental students a unique opportunity to shadow a professional dentist in a formally structured practicum at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

FQHCs must serve an underserved area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, have an ongoing quality assurance program, and have a governing board of directors. Because of this, shadowing experience at these facilities are looked upon very favorably by dental school admissions boards, making this a unique opportunity to set yourself apart.

*There are limited spaces available. To reserve your seat in this seminar, you need to have completed the google form listed above.



The Human Side of Medicine

Tuesdays – 7:00 -7:50 p.m., SCI 109

Taught by Dr. Dusty Anderson, MD PC, Intermountain Healthcare
permanence of the non-technical aspects of medicine―the human side―are of profound value
to patients and providers alike. This course will teach the importance of health care
professionals mastering the human side of medicine. Attending to the human side refines
diagnosis and treatment by recognizing the uniqueness of each patient’s experience, and it
enriches the experience for all those in the caring professions. Providers who have always put
their patients’ interests first and never compromised their professional values have preserved
their identity, vitality, and enthusiasm as caring doctors. Learn to be one of those doctors.