Center for Arts in Medicine

Arts in Medicine: Undergraduate Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in the Arts in Medicine

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine offers an Undergraduate Certificate in the Arts in Medicine. The Certificate recognizes students’ academic achievement and practical competency in the use of the arts to enhance individual and community health and to impact healthcare environments.  Students that complete the coursework for the certificate will be introduced to history and practices in the field of arts in health, they will explore utilizing the arts in the healthcare environment and they will develop their own artistic practice in a community health setting.

Students who fulfill the requirements for the Undergraduate Certificate in the Arts in Medicine gain unique life experience and skills. This certificate, recognizing these special skills, can serve as a credential for developing post-baccalaureate educational pathways and career options.

Pre-requisites

Students or professionals applying to the Undergraduate Certificate in the Arts in Medicine program must demonstrate a minimum intermediate level competency in a primary artistic discipline.  This proficiency should be documented through intermediate level studio or technique coursework on an academic transcript, but in some circumstances may also be documented through review of a professional portfolio ($125 portfolio review fee applies). While this proficiency is a prerequisite of program admission, in some instances students may achieve this proficiency while earning the Certificate.  Prospective students may consult with the undergraduate certificate advisor to discuss options.

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application Procedures: Students interested in obtaining the Undergraduate Certificate in the Arts in Medicine should apply to the program by their junior year. Students from any major may apply to the program. The application process includes:

  • Completion of the online application (please notify Ferol Carytsas by e-mail when you submit the application)
  • Submission of a one-page personal statement and two letters of recommendation to the undergraduate certificate advisor
  • An interview with the advisor and/or Center for Arts in Medicine director

Requirements: To qualify for the Certificate, students must attain a 3.0 average in all courses included in the Certificate curriculum within six months of graduation.  

Capstone

Prior to completing the Practicum II course, the student will register for the Capstone.  Within the Capstone, the student will undertake practice and be evaluated by the Center for Arts in Medicine director or a designated discipline-specific faculty member or artist in residence from the Arts in Medicine Programs at UF. The capstone consists of an interview and as many hours of clinical observation as the program director deems necessary.  If necessary, the student may be asked to complete additional clinical hours before the certificate is awarded. Please note that the Capstone fee must be paid prior to registration for the Arts in Healthcare Practicum II course. 

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Certificate Advisor, Ferol Carytsas, at carytf@shands.ufl.edu

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