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Practicum II

The Health Studies Management and Marketing program requires students to enroll in HLST 4003, Practicum II course.   This 3 credit hour course is designed to provide students with real-world experience in a healthcare or health-related organization.  HLST 4003 is offered in Fall and Spring semesters.  No on campus attendance is required as all work is completed at the Practicum site and on Moodle.  In order to register for this course, all students (including online/DLHS students) must meet specific criteria including:

Only students meeting ALL requirements when the Intent to Register form is due will be scheduled for Practicum.   Students are granted preliminary acceptance after review of all requirements.  If after acceptance a student no longer meets the Practicum II requirements (GPA drops below minimum or a D or F is earned in a HLST course), they will not be allowed to progress and take the course.   Students must continuously meet the requirements through the application, acceptance, and registration process as well as when the semester of Practicum II begins. 

More information regarding Practicum can be found in the HLST Moodle Advising page or by emailing Kim Theodos at theodos@ulm.edu

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Practicum II Student Project Examples

Employee Recognition Program – Student developed  and presented an “Employee Recognition Program” to the Employee Recognition Committee.  The student also designed  an internal commercial/video for the site.  The student was asked to present the project to the hospital executive board.

QM Hospice Program – Student researched and implemented a Quality Management Program with a hospice agency.  This was a new program for hospice agency and is required under the new healthcare laws.  The student was offered employment  in Quality Management and Volunteer Services.

Hospital Marketing – The student completed their practicum  at a specialty hospital.  Student worked directly with the marketing director at a specialty hospital and learned how to manage and update their hospital website. In addition, the student planned and arranged a commercial for their new robotics surgery.  This included finding commercial vendors and places to shoot the commercial.  This was a major project and involved significant funding.

Children's Advocacy Agency – Student planned and coordinated a “Healthy People Event” for the community.  Over 1500 local residents were in attendance.  The event exceeded the agency’s expectations.

Quality Management – Students worked with Quality Management department at a local hospital.  The student’s project involved educating nurses and other healthcare professionals on documentation required for certain immunizations under the quality measures initiatives.  The student also learned how to abstract patient charts.  This student was offered and accepted a job in the Compliance Department with an insurance company working on projects similar to what was learned during practicum.

Town Hall - Student is planning and organizing a “Town Hall” event for the employees at Outpatient Care Center/Surgical Care Affiliates.

Public Health - Student is working to plan, budget, and advertise a Syphilis Awareness Project at Northwest Louisiana Regional Office of Public Health in conjunction with the CDC.

Affordable Care Act - Student is training to become a Certified Application Counselor under the Affordable Care Act at Delhi Hospital.

Suicide Prevention - Student is designing a marketing strategy for “Out of Darkness Walk” for suicide prevention to the Monroe community for ULM Counseling Center.

Breast Cancer Awareness - Student at Springhill Medical Center prepared a PowerPoint for a local physician on Breast Cancer Awareness.