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Dual enrollment class at APSU to give high school students taste of medical school

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the spring of 2016, some of the area’s brightest high school students—including public school, private school and home-school students—will have an opportunity to take a rigorous dual enrollment class at Austin Peay State University to see if they have what it takes to survive in the medical profession.

            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the spring of 2016, some of the area’s brightest high school students—including public school, private school and home-school students—will have an opportunity to take a rigorous dual enrollment class at Austin Peay State University to see if they have what it takes to survive in the medical profession.

            The class, Human Anatomy & Physiology, will be offered from Jan. 19 - April 27, through APSU’s Center for Extended and Distance Education, with Clarksville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Cooper Beazley leading the class.

            “This is not a class for beginners; it’s not a class where you can catch up. It moves very fast,” Beazley said in a video promoting the class. He added, “The real reason to do it is to give you an exposure to what you’d encounter in medical school.”

            Students who successfully complete the class will earn four hours of APSU college credit toward a bachelor’s degree. The class will also give these high school students a head start on their medical careers, by providing them with a taste of what they’ll experience in medical school, which is why it is only for high performing, serious individuals.

            The class will meet on the APSU main campus from 6-8 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with labs held on some Friday evenings and Saturdays. In those labs, students will gain hands-on experience equivalent to a third year medical student.

            Eligible students must have completed their high school biology and chemistry requirements, and commit themselves to full attendance, regardless of the class’ interference with extra-curricular activities. To enroll, students must also have an ACT composite score of at least 30, and ACT math and science sub-scores of at least 24.

           The deadline to submit an application, available at http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/gosooner/AP_course_application_0.pdf, is Sept. 21, 2015. Selected students will be notified by Oct. 1, including those on a waiting list, and a meeting with Dr. Beazley and APSU staff will take place later that month.

            For more information, visit www.apsu.edu/gosooner, and click on the link for the anatomy and physiology cohort.