Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC)

About SPaRC

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.



Why SPaRC?

Find out how SPaRC can make a difference to you.

How to Apply 

How to Apply

If you are an incoming 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



SPaRC Media


Be ready

 Intensive science & anatomy prep

  • Skeletal system overview
  • Medical gross anatomy 
  • Head and neck anatomy
Be in the know 

In-depth introductions to WesternU specific courses

  • Inter-professional Experience
  • Pharmacology
  • Community-focused service learning
Develop mad skills

professional school skills

  • Study skills and test-taking
  • Time management
  • Stress management




 Set up your application

  1. Log into your WesternU application account
  2. Submit a SPaRC Application

Enter information 

After submitting your application

  1. Expect confirmation to your WesternU email
  2. Contact if you have issues
Make a payment

 Make your payment

  1. SPaRC is $400.00.
  2. 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.