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Considering Sports Medicine Careers

The Other Wes Moore links we used:

Science Readings leveraged Monday:

Organizing the fun below. As you scroll down you will see:

  1. Argument to consider (pay special attention to the end for the Transition, Thesis, and So What?)
  2. Malcolm X Resources
  3. Information about big-picture resources we have discussed (College Board, Mason, NOVA, etc.)
  4. Subject specific resources
  5. Medical career texts we started with in the very beginning and a link to Sibley Hospital representative at GMU
  6. Comments section where we can discuss assignments/projects midweek

We also used this copy of The Crucible to discuss your argument, and asked the Smithsonian about possible resources in this webchat.

Malcolm X

Medical Career Texts

Click this link to see a 3-minute video from GMU TV. It features someone from Sibley Hospital:

This video from GMU shows some cutting-edge sports medicine research (but is very short):

Nursing, Bachelors of Science in Nursing

The undergraduate nursing program prepares students to deliver superior nursing care. The program also provides leadership to the increasingly complex and challenging field of modern health care. Graduates of this program are in demand as professional nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community health and other health care agencies. You will develop the knowledge and skills to become a leader in a variety of health care career paths.

This program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention. These goals can be accomplished by 1) capitalizing on early detection of potential health problems, 2) health maintenance in ambulatory services, and 3) preparation for the managerial responsibilities of nursing.

The School of Nursing offers various programs to complete the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). Each program listed below leads to the completion of the objectives of the undergraduate program.

  • Traditional BSN Program: Traditional pathway. A two-year curriculum following the completion of general education, elective, and nursing prerequisite requirements.
  • RN to BSN Program: A great option for students holding current registered nurse (RN) licenses! This program can be completed in one year following completion of general education, elective, and nursing prerequisite requirements.
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program: a 12-month, full-time program for students holding a baccalaureate degree outside of nursing and have completed nursing prerequisite requirements.
  • Co-enrollment BSN Program (Non-veteran): allows students to complete a BSN degree online while concurrently enrolled in an Applied Associates of Science nursing degree (AAS Nursing) program at a partner community college.
  • Co-enrollment BSN Program (Veteran): allows military veterans to complete all Mason BSN nursing courses online while concurrently enrolled in their AAS nursing courses at a partner community college.
  • LPN to BSN Program (Veteran): a full-time program that allows military veteran LPNs to pursue a BSN and earn their RN license in 12 months following completion of prerequisites.

The Accelerated Second Degree BSN, Traditional BSN, and LPN to BSN (Veteran) Programs must be completed on a full-time bases. Part-time and full-time options are offered for the RN to BSN and Co-enrollment Programs.

How to get Admitted the BSN program,

Students must complete a pre-nursing curriculum prior to admission and be admitted to junior standing. Traditional and accelerated program students will enter the program in the fall of their junior year and at that point are considered nursing majors. RNs and Co-enrollment applicants have more flexibility because they may enter in the fall or spring.

Application to the BSN program is a process involving two applications: the George Mason University Undergraduate Application and the BSN Departmental Application. (Currently enrolled Mason students need only apply using the BSN Departmental Application.) Acceptance to the nursing program is contingent upon admission to the university, but admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Students pursuing the traditional pathway will first apply to George Mason University, and then apply to the BSN Department before starting their junior year.

Application to the BSN program is a competitive admission process. Prospective applicants must meet all BSN eligibility guidelines at the time of application. Meeting the minimum guidelines does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. However, all minimum requirements must be made to allow an application to be considered. Students who are interested in pursuing a major in nursing are encouraged to contact the nursing program for more information and to attend an Information Session prior to applying to the nursing major.

Reading Activities: Record words to discuss. Write a paragraph for each program that makes the argument whether this program will help you meet your career goals. Cite 3 facts from the program description in your paragraph.


This degree in kinesiology is a demanding science-based program designed to prepare students for a career in clinical exercise, coaching, corporate fitness, exercise and sport psychology, medical and exercise equipment sales, personal training, sport and exercise nutrition, sport science, or wellness/fitness management. The Kinesiology (KINE) program provides students with a strong science foundation for post-graduate specialized study in kinesiology or professional schools (e.g., chiropractic, medical, physical therapy). The KINE program has a comprehensive approach to the study of human movement. Three separate internship experiences totaling 700 hours provide KINE students with the opportunity to apply evidence-based knowledge and its practical application in general fitness, clinical and sports performance settings.

The KINE degree is designed to assist students in their preparation for nationally-recognized certifications, specifically those offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). See Admissions & Policies for details.

Reading Activities: Record words to discuss. Write a paragraph for each program that makes the argument whether this program will help you meet your career goals. Cite 3 facts from the program description in your paragraph.

Learning Technologies in Health Education: Simulation Laboratories

The Skills Laboratories are a key component of your learning at George Mason University. These School of Nursing labs are a well-established learning environment for all levels of nursing students. Each skills lab uses a Smartboard, which is used to support and facilitate learning. Specifically, it helps learners connect what they are thinking with what they are doing to the virtual patients. This type of learning is called psychomotor learning because it connects your nursing knowledge and your nursing activities. This type of hands-on experience develops competencies in multiple simulated health care settings that cross the human life span. These competencies are the skills and behaviors you will use in your future career.

Work in the Skills Laboratory is integrated throughout the traditional and accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum. You will be working regularly with different parts of the Skills Laboratory. You will begin with Fundamental Basic Learning and Skills Training. This training teaches basic hygiene, mobility, feeding, and vital physiologic skills. You will continue to learn more and more through these trainings. At the end of your studies, you will learn advanced, high acuity physiologic skills through these labs. The graduate nursing program accesses the laboratories for the nurse practitioner students to learn and practice essential skills needed for the advanced practice of nursing.

The Simulation Laboratory is an intricate part of student learning. It provides a foundation for the critical reasoning students develop in this program. You will work in a controlled environment to synthesize and analyze increasingly complex care scenarios. The Simulation Laboratory is one of the School of Nursing’s most innovative features. The lab has six hospital bed stations and exam areas. There are four video cameras per patient bed. These cameras record student performances. These performances can then be reviewed with instructors during a debriefing period. The lab also has a birthing and pediatrics simulation area. And, the  mock nurse’s station, and medication room will help you feel familiar in your future employment spaces. These facilities expand the knowledge and training of George Mason’s nursing students. It allows them to participate in administering health care in a hospital before they are in live hospital situations. These experiences are also used along with their clinical experiences to deepen psychomotor learnings.

Our simulation lab is home to a variety of simulated (mannequin) patients. These simulated patients range in age from infant to adult, include males and females. There is also a pregnant mannequin that can deliver her baby. All of the mannequins have names, personal histories, and life-like features. These features include palpable pulses, voices, blinking eyes, and a rising and falling chest to simulate breathing. These mannequins can be manipulated, using a computer and compressed air. This allows each mannequin to have physiologically accurate responses to the care provided by students. Additional equipment, such as IV pumps, EKG monitors, respiratory equipment, wound care equipment, an automated medication dispensing machine, and crash carts, add to the reality of the learning space. There also exists the ability to perform moulage, which gives select patients the ability to appear “more real.”

To facilitate the simulated learning environment, the Simulation Lab has an observation/control room with computers for every mannequin and two one-way mirrors that allow faculty to direct and evaluate student performance, without be directly involved. This allows the student to develop decision-making, prioritization, and communication skills without the comfort of an instructor. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art, custom-designed audiovisual equipment used for both formative and evaluative learning. There is also a debriefing room, which is used to conduct reflective discussions and video review, using a Smartboard, following a simulated learning experience. This presents a realistic hospital in a simulated environment—a “Virtual Hospital”—in which students synthesize didactic and clinical knowledge as they transition into professional practice.