The Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC) is a multi-week program designed to prepare incoming students for the rigors of their chosen program. SPaRC provides students with an introduction to applicable courses, skills, and competencies in an interprofessional healthcare setting while easing their transition to a professional graduate program. SPaRC also helps students evaluate their strengths and weaknesses in the areas of academics, and inter- and intra-personal development. 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 2023 will be three weeks online from June 5 – June 23, 2023.
Find out how SPaRC can make a difference to you.
How to Apply
If you are an incoming WesternU student, find out how to sign up here.
Information to help make your time in SPaRC better.
“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
SPaRC Topics Covered
Intensive science & anatomy prep
- Skeletal system overview
- Medical gross anatomy
- Head and neck anatomy
In-depth introductions to WesternU specific courses
- Inter-professional Experience
- Community-focused service learning
professional school skills
- Study skills and test-taking
- Time management
- Stress management
How to Apply
Set up your application
- Log into your WesternU application account
Submit a SPaRC Application
After submitting your application
- Expect confirmation to your WesternU email
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have issues
Make your payment
- SPaRC is $400.00.
Payment instructions are in the confirmation email
Meet SPaRC Students
OMM Fellow Nadeem A. DO ’21 valued his participation as a SPaRC student.
Read more as Nadeem discusses how his participation in SPaRC contributed to her overall experience at WesternU.