HSS students must complete one of the following courses prior to graduation:
Note: For students who are accepted into the Audiology Accelerated Graduate Degree Program, the clinical placements in that program serves as an internship and they do not need to officially take the internship class or an additional capstone.
To graduate, students must complete a capstone experience (or transfer in an equivalent): either an internship, capstone project or individual research. A capstone experience is one that integrates special studies with the HSS major and extends, critiques, and applies knowledge gained throughout the program. Students typically complete the capstone experience in the final semester before graduation.
Most students will complete an internship as their capstone experience.
Students who have at least one year of paid experience in healthcare or in a health-related organization may opt to complete a capstone project instead of an internship.
Occasionally a student with extensive healthcare experience may decide that their future goals are best supported by completing an individual research project.
For students who are accepted into the Audiology accelerated degree program the clinical placements in that program serves as their capstone experience.
For students who are accepted into the Clinical practice in Health Concentration, they may be able to transfer clinical placement experience to serve as their capstone experience. However, if they are unable to transfer in a clinical placement with comparable requirements they will have to complete a capstone experience.
Internship in Healthcare Services (HSV 4900) - Appropriate for most students
Students completing an HSS internship integrate and apply their knowledge and abilities, as well as hone skills in preparation for employment or graduate study in a healthcare or health-related organization.
In the semester prior to the internship, students meet with the internship coordinator to establish an appropriate, supervised placement that will further their education and professional objectives. A minimum of 200 clock hours is required for internships (some internships require more). A classroom seminar accompanies the internship placement (HSV 4900).
When students first enter the program they should read the guidelines in the HSS Student Handbook found on the program web page https://wmich.edu/healthservices/academics. This will help them consider what type of internship would be the most helpful to them in their future careers and to familiarize themselves with related background check information.
The requirements of the internship are:
Completion of all prerequisites prior to enrollment in any of the capstone courses.
Application to the internship program. Application includes the application form, the student’s resume and unofficial transcripts. All applications must be submitted via the Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system found on the program website at www.wmich.edu/healthservices/academics/internships. Application must be made by the deadline for the semester in which a student wishes to begin the internship. See below for deadlines.
HSV 4890, HSV 4895 or HSV 4900
December 1 (the previous year)
March 1 (of the same year)
June 1 (the previous year)
Students should review the listing of internship sites on the BS-HSS website http://www.wmich.edu/healthservices/academics/internships/descriptions and mention any placements that they are interested in on their application.
After the application is received, the student will meet with the internship coordinator to establish an appropriate, supervised placement that will further their education and professional objectives.
Students must enroll in HSV 4900 and attend the internship seminar.
Students engaged in an internship must give evidence of having health insurance at the time of course enrollment.
Liability insurance coverage will be provided by the University through a fee assessed at the time of enrollment in HSV 4900.
Students must have the minimum of a 2.5 GPA to enroll in HSV 4900 and to complete an internship. If a student misses the minimum GPA the student will be given one semester to achieve the 2.5 before taking the course. If a student is unable to achieve the 2.5 GPA in one semester the student will be dismissed from the program barring hardship circumstances. If hardship circumstances are present the Internship Coordinator, the Program Coordinator and the Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs will review the case.
Students who are registered, certified, or licensed healthcare professionals may pursue a clinical experience providing it exposes the student to the development of new skills, or is in a situation outside their usual employment.
Capstone Project (HSV 4895)
The capstone project provides students an opportunity to design and complete a project in health services. Only students who have completed at least one year of employment at a healthcare or health-related organization and have successfully applied for this option may select it. Students must complete a capstone experience application following the date guidelines for all capstone experiences. Students complete the project over one semester, typically the student’s final semester of his/her undergraduate career.
The capstone project requires students to conceive, plan, and implement a special project in an area within the scope of healthcare services and sciences. This is generally at their place of employment, but not always. Capstone projects may take many different forms. Some examples are: patient satisfaction surveys in an applied setting, a written health literacy project, analysis of a health informatics system, clinical review of a therapeutic intervention, implementation of a quality improvement project, development of a patient manual or an educational program.
Students will work under the supervision of an HSS onsite capstone project instructor. Enrollment in the capstone project course requires departmental approval from the HSS internship coordinator. If you have at least one year of healthcare experience and desire to take the capstone project course, contact the HSS internship coordinator for more information.
Students must have the minimum of a 2.5 GPA to enroll in HSV 4895 to complete a capstone project. If a student misses the minimum GPA the student will be given one semester to achieve the 2.5 GPA before taking the course. If the student is unable to achieve the 2.5 GPA in one semester the student will be dismissed from the program barring hardship circumstances. If hardship circumstances are present, the Program Coordinator and the Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs will review the case.
Health and Human Services Independent Research (HSV 4890)
Restricted to certified, licensed, or registered health providers, this course requires the completion of a student created research project related to a current issue in health and human services.
If a healthcare provider chooses HSV 4890: Independent Research (3 hours), the project must conform to the following standards:
The student must select a research committee consisting of a faculty mentor knowledgeable in the field of inquiry and a reader who will also act as a resource person (the resource person may work outside of the University).