Thank you po. Dream school eh, though I might want to go to UPD someday. ^^ Of course! Malaking tulong po sa 'kin ang academic clinic! In fact, my lowerclassmen ask me for advice and UPCAT updates, and I know all those thanks to AC. ^^ Yes, I see those. I read them often and share them with my batchmates. ^^

by Nicole Castro on

BS Nursing: Course Description

It’s no secret that the nursing profession is one of the popular choices among Filipinos these days.  Despite the seeming oversupply of nurses with respect to demand, there are still those who prefer to immerse themselves in the care giving arts with the intention of going abroad.

As with all professions, you’ll need to go through the actual training process first before you can actually become a nurse.  Here, then, is what you can expect from the said process.

Nurse Training

While the nitty-gritty may vary somewhat depending on which college you attend, nursing courses generally have certain things in common.  For one thing, you can look forward to a combination of theoretical and practical (laboratory) classes on a variety of subjects.

What kind of subjects, you may ask?  Topics such as nutrition, physiology, midwifery, nursing management and rehabilitation are just par for the nursing course.  Of course, the education wouldn’t be complete without actual field experience in fields like surgery and cancer care.  That’s why you see all those student nurses following doctors and more experienced nurses around in hospitals.

… And Beyond

Believers in lifelong learning will be pleased to know that graduate and postgraduate degrees in nursing also exist.  These lean more toward a particular specialty (i.e.  child nursing, adult nursing, gastrointestinal nursing, etc.)  If you’re interested in the extra training and you wouldn’t mind having letters placed after your name, then you may want to consider going for further studies.

BS Nursing: Skills and Factors

They say that it’s easy to be a parent; it’s tough to be a good one.  In the field of nursing, however, becoming a nurse and being a good one both appear to be difficult.  It seems the profession caters to a very specific kind of person.

Let’s take a closer look at what that kind of person that might be.

Nurse Savvy

It’s more or less understood that prospective nurses must possess a decent amount of academic ability—the training involves some fairly technical stuff.  Management and organizational skills are also critical, as nurses are often called upon to coordinate between different health care experts on a patient’s behalf.

For example, nurses tend to deal with the patient’s family members and friends more than doctors do.  Nurses may also play advocate and suggest less expensive medication than the one prescribed by the patient’s doctor.

The “Nurse” Personality

When dealing with difficult patients, generous helpings of tolerance and patience are absolutely essential.  Nurses who really wish to excel in their craft also need empathy—being able to genuinely care for another human being presupposes that one understands what that person is going through.

Unfortunately, the patients aren’t the only people who sometimes test a nurse’s patience—doctors and other nurses sometimes do that as well.  This is where other people skills come into play:  namely, the ability to communicate with and to get along with others.

Granted, being a good nurse has its share of challenges.  Just like any worthwhile endeavor, however, it can also be immensely rewarding for the ones who do their job well.

BS Civil Engineering: Skills and Factors

I once thought that engineers were intelligent people who could get lost in their own little worlds.  I’m happy to say that that isn’t entirely accurate.  Yes, they are intelligent, but there’s more to them than just IQ and assumed absent-mindedness.

After a little research here and there, I found out what real and potential civil engineers are actually like.  Here’s a glimpse into what I’ve found.

The Right Stuff

Civil engineers have an interest in (or at least an aptitude for) mathematics and science-related subjects.  They also possess a natural curiosity about them; they desire to know how things work, and how things can work better.  They often direct their energies toward the latter aspect.

The interesting thing about the wide world of civil engineering is that you can find yourself working in either the great outdoors or the great indoors (read: in front of an office computer), depending on your chosen field.  Love of either kind of environment, coupled with a good amount of flexibility and adaptability, can go a long way.

Getting Along, Helping Along

There are hardly any existing professions these days that are devoid of any social contact. Conflict can sometimes be difficult to avoid when different engineers work together.  Hence, generous amounts of patience, sensitivity, and all-around people skills can be a big help.

Perhaps the most important trait of civil engineers is their desire to want to help others live better lives, regardless of their field of specialization.  If using technical skills to help promote the common good sounds appealing to you, then perhaps the path of the civil engineer is the path you’re meant to tread.

BS Civil Engineering: Course Description

Civil engineers are probably the most common types of engineers I’ve encountered so far.  The interesting to note is that, while fairly common, these folks still get a lot of options when it comes to meeting society’s needs.

Of course, before they can get to the point of professional competence, they needed to pay their dues first.  Let’s take a closer look at what these dues actually are.

Technicalities and Then Some

As you might have suspected, the civil engineer’s training regimen is a reasonably technical one.  Students can also expect to study mathematics, statistics and computing, as no real engineering course is complete without them.

Besides the usual humanities and social sciences added for well-rounded fun, the bulk of the course focuses on mechanics and systems applicable to the field.  You’ll be delving into engineering principles, design, graphics, materials, applications and the like.

A Comprehensive Field

Analysis is every engineer’s forte.  The civil types are no exception.  In fact, they’ll get a bunch of analysis classes on the following topics:  structures, mechanics, cost engineering and what not.  You can look forward to a lot of lab work and practical application, as well as sub-courses on the various research methods available to you.

In closing, know that the civil engineering course is basically a general overview course.  It may act as a stepping stone to more specialized engineering fields in the future.  For example, further studies are available for sub-fields such as geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, transportation engineering and many others.  Where you go from thereon is up to you.

BS Mining Engineering: Skills and Factors

The thought that some people would be interested in collecting rocks has never failed to amaze me.  I figured it must be an acquired taste, a passion, a result of special training, or all of the above.

The interesting thing about mining engineering training is that it not only teaches needed skills to students—it also helps to actualize what is already there.  Let’s examine what potential engineers are like, then.

Engineer Material

If there’s one person in particular who could benefit from and contribute best to the mining engineer program, it’s the problem solver.  Throw in healthy doses of curiosity and creativity, and you’ve got a formidable engineer on your hands.

The kinds of problems that engineers tackle require a respectable amount of tech savvy and proficiency with numbers, as they often involve work with machines and computer systems.

Engineering and Emotional Quotients

The student must also have a knack for breaking things down into their component parts and studying them—in a word, analysis.  As with their peers in other fields, mining engineers will also be called upon to analyze statistics and other forms of data.

Engineers don’t just concern themselves with rocks all day long, even if it does seem that way.  There may be times when they’ll be asked to deal with people as well.  Thus, a healthy amount of EQ, leadership and communication skills is in order.

Finally, the demanding nature of the job requires the student to possess a sound body as well as a sound mind.  It’s no wonder, then, that mining engineers are highly respected in their field of interest.

BS Mining Engineering: Course Description

It’s one thing to extract ore from the earth’s crust; it’s quite another thing to keep the mining operations running in tiptop shape and to analyze the excavated goods.  What kind of person is up to the task?  Enter the mining engineer.

Mining engineers don’t just become that way overnight, though.  Have you ever wondered what sort of training a student had to go through to get to that point?  Wonder no more.

The Well-Rounded Engineer

At first glance, the aspiring mining engineer’s curriculum looks like it’s saturated with the M word.  You’ll find everything you’ll need to know about mining here—from location (under or above ground) to material (coal, rock, etc.) to design (plants, ventilation, etc.) to principles on safety and management.

Of course, expect other subjects as well for that pinch of well-rounded goodness.  A student may encounter such complementary sub-courses as geology, physics and metallurgy.  And since mining engineers deal with people as well as ore, expect such subjects under the social sciences and humanities as well.

The Numbers and Political Games, Revisited

Just about any kind of engineer out there needs to work with numbers—even someone who focuses on getting rocks out of the earth.  Thus, you can look forward to a bit of basic statistics and computer programming on the side.

Interestingly enough, mining engineers also still call upon other disciplines for assistance.  Don’t be surprised to see some electrical engineering there, or even political science.  In the final analysis, the truly effective engineers are the ones who use the numbers, work the technology and get the rocks to meet the people’s needs.

BA Communications Research: Skills and Factors

If there was one thing I hated when I was in college, it was conducting research.  Somehow, spending hours collecting and testing data or scouring the library for the right information struck me as tedious, boring work.

There are people who thrive on this kind of activity, though.  Perhaps it’s time we examined these kinds of people a bit more closely.

The Mark of a Good Researcher

Researchers for mass communications may be able to pass themselves off as scientists, at least at first glance.  After all, they are precise and step-by-step in their approach toward testing hypotheses and analyzing data.

Besides those, potential and actual communications researchers possess enough curiosity to fuel their research, as well as enough healthy skepticism (read: critical thinking) not to accept something at mere face value.

Disseminating your Research

As a student, you will likely be expected to publish a research paper of your own.  A little creativity and an ability to express yourself well will go a long way toward helping you achieve that goal.

If you ever wanted to develop self-confidence, then you’re in luck:  you won’t merely be called upon to produce a research paper; you’ll also be called upon to present it.  If you’ve got good presentation skills (or you’ve been thinking of honing them), then this is your big chance.

While I may not be the communications researcher type, I’m thankful that I had these kinds of people as friends during my college days.  They helped pull me through the intensive thesis preparation times, and they’re probably still doing what they do best today.

BA Communications Research: Course Description

BA Communications Research:  Course Description

When I think of Mass Communications, it usually conjures up images of journalists typing away at their computers or going before the camera to report the evening news.  Journalism is only one facet of MassCom, though.  There are other aspects to this comprehensive field, and research is one of them.

Why would anyone need to do research on communication?  Let’s take a closer look at the course and the value behind it.

Tools of the Trade

Regardless of which field you specialize in, at least some form of research is in order.  The same is true with Communications Research.  The course branches out into two of research:  qualitative and quantitative.

Thus, expect sub-courses in such fields as statistics, experimental and quasi-experimental design.  You can also look forward to brushing up on different data-gathering methods.  For example, you’ll learn how to conduct surveys, observe things and people, glean info from secondary sources and analyze the data you acquire.

But I’m not a Scientist!

At first glance, a lot of this stuff looks like fodder for hardcore scientists, not MassCom folks.  Believe it or not, there may come a time when you’ll be called to study and assess media, messages or audiences, so it helps to be armed with the knowledge that you can do research as well as any scientist can.

There are other, hidden benefits, besides.  Not only will you be trained to think critically as a researcher, but you’ll also get a chance to polish your presentation skills.  Think of it that way and you’ve got a win-win scenario on your hands.

BS Physical Therapy: Skills and Factors

For me, physical therapy seems one step shy of a course in medicine.  After all, if you’re going to help treat someone’s body, you might as well become a “pure” doctor, right?

Not necessarily.  It turns out that the kind of person who’s cut out to be a physical therapist may not be cut out to be a doctor, and vice versa.  Just what kind of person is meant to pursue physical therapy?  Let’s find out.

What Makes a Good Physical Therapist?

There’s a reason they put the word “physical” in physical therapy—the profession involves a bit of physical activity in itself, so a certain degree of physical fitness is in order.  Good observation, precision, accuracy and analytical skills are the norm when it comes to this field

As with most professions, it helps if the therapist can communicate clearly.  You may know how to set someone’s body right, but if you have trouble getting your ideas across, then you’re sunk.

Dual Natures

According to a recent study, you may either be a physical therapist of the generalist type or the specialist type.  The former focuses more on precision and proper procedure; the latter focuses more on flexibility and adaptability.

Regardless of “which way you swing,” your patients will always benefit from a good amount of patience.  Enjoying working with people is a great asset—not only will you be dealing with different kinds of patients, but you’ll likely be working on or with a team composed of different health care professionals.

That, perhaps, is the moral of the story:  you may be involved in a field that focuses on technical skill and physical health, but EQ is just as important, if not more so.

BS Physical Therapy: Course Description

We live in an imperfect world.  Someone somewhere is likely in need of one form of therapy or another.  Fortunately, there are therapists out there who specialize in treating nearly every form of malady.

I once had the privilege of befriending someone who was well on her way to becoming a physical therapist.  Her training included the study of some interesting subjects, several of which are mentioned below.

Getting Physical

As you might have expected, physical therapy training involves everything you wanted to know about the human body (but were afraid to ask).  That means you can expect a plethora of topics on anatomy, physiology, human development and, of course, therapy.

Now and again, you may run into that occasional “oddball” subject that makes you want to sing the “what does not belong” Sesame Street jingle.  Trust that they are related, even if they don’t look like it at first glance.  Some courses may include psychology, psychiatry and microbiology, among others.

Specialized Knowledge and Wisdom

People of different ages require different approaches, hence the need for such specialty topics as women’s health, pediatric rehabilitation and geriatric rehabilitation.  Throw in some sub-courses on professional development, diagnostics, assessment and research, and you’re set.

Of course, all this knowledge is pretty much useless without the wisdom to guide it.  That’s why the main physical therapy course includes sub-courses on patient care and ethics to aid the therapist in promoting the patients’ greater good.

Even as I write this, I can just imagine my friend helping a US patient recover from illness or injury.  With the kind of training she went through, I’m not the least bit surprised.