Learning Enhancement & Academic Development (LEAD)

Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC)

About SPaRC

The Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC) is a five week program designed to prepare incoming students for the rigors of their chosen program by providing an introduction to applicable courses, skills, and competencies in an Inter-professional Education healthcare setting. It also introduces them to the “WesternU way” to ease the transition from undergraduate school training to professional school. SPaRC also provides the opportunity to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their academic, as well as their inter- and intra-personal strengths and weaknesses. By the time school starts officially, SPaRC participants have been introduced to deans and faculty, know how to access crucial resources on campus, have experienced and dealt with information overload, and best of all have already connected with fellow students in and outside of their programs.

SPaRC 2017 will be June 5 – July 7, 2017.



Why SPaRC?

Find out how SPaRC can make a difference to you.

How to Apply 

How to Apply

If you are an incohttp://bb.westernu.edu/ming WesternU student, find out how to sign up here.

SMSPP Resources


Information to help make your time in SPaRC better.





  “It works!!”

“This program was such a confidence booster. I have changed so much as a person after going through this class and am so confident and ready to take on my rigorous program.” – DPM

“I loved the optometry break out sessions! I really appreciated getting to meet some of the faculty and get a taste of what to expect! I loved the support and encouragement from LEAD and TAs! It has been an incredible value to me in building a strong foundation.” – OD

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SPaRC Media



Be ready

 Intensive science & anatomy prep

  • Skeletal system
  • Gross anatomy
  • Head and neck anatomy
Be in the know 

In-depth introductions to WesternU specific courses

  • IPE (Inter-professional Education)
  • Community focused service learning
  • and more!
Develop mad skills

 Seminars on professional school skills

  • Study skills 
  • Time management
  • Test taking
  • Stress management





 Set up your application

  1. 1. Log into the student portal – you.westernu.edu
  2. 2. Expand the “New Student Resources” menu in Quick links (along the left side)
  3. 3. Click on “Complete/Submit Application” to enter the application process
  4. 4. Select New
  5. 5. Select SPaRC
  6. 6. Select Continue
Enter information 

Provide your information

  1. For Admission Term: Select Summer 2017
  2. Enter your name
  3. Select Fill Out Application
  4. Complete Name, Address, and Personal Information
  5. Select Application is Complete
  6. Review the SPaRC agreement page carefully
  7. Select I agree to continue
Make a payment

 Make your payment

  1. SPaRC is $950.00.
  2. Fees include required materials
  3. Payment must be made at the time of application
  4. MasterCard or Visa accepted