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merici med prep program & St. Patrick engineering club (SPEC)

Merici Med Prep Program

Ursuline High School is proud of the Ursuline Merici Med Prep Program. Named for the foundress of the Ursuline order, Saint Angela Merici, this program will provide students who are interested in health care professions with experiences designed to increase awareness of the various medical career paths available. In addition to exposing students to potential medical-related careers, students participate in practical experiences both within the walls of Ursuline as well as outside of the school setting with the guidance of medical professionals.

We have an exciting partnership with Mercy Health, allowing our students to be trained in Health Care Provider CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen, C-Spine Immobilization, and Incident Command Disaster Drill programs during a 4-day program in Mercy’s Simulation Lab. Program participants will attend the Mercy Health training series and participate in a minimum of 80 hours of additional Merici Med opportunities throughout their time at Ursuline, including, but not limited to, guest discussions from medical professionals, distance learning lab videoconferences with the Cleveland Clinic, shadow experiences, lessons from the Anatomage Table curriculum, and visits to science/medical conferences, fairs, or other relevant events.  

Students in the program are also mandated to take 4 years of science at Ursuline, including Anatomy and Physiology.  Other recommended courses include Chemistry, Physics, and Biomedical Investigation.  AP sciences are also encouraged.

Program applications are submitted during the spring of freshman year.

BIOMEDICAL INVESTIGATION 

GRADES 11-12 – ELECTIVE 1/2 credit

This course is ONLY available to students enrolled in the Merici Med Prep Program and in GOOD STANDING. The Biomedical Investigation course will examine medical interventions involving the prevention, diagnosis, progression, and treatment of different diseases. Topics include infectious disease, gene therapy, cancer, genetic testing, and organ transplantation. Case studies, medical terminology, laboratory testing/techniques, and use of the Anatomage Table are components of this course. 

PREREQUISITE: “B” OR BETTER IN CHEMISTRY OR “C” OR BETTER IN HONORS CHEMISTRY. MUST BE A JUNIOR OR SENIOR MEMBER OF THE MERICI MED PREP PROGRAM WITH A MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA OF 3.25.  

COMING IN 2025-2026:

BIOETHICS

GRADE 12 – ELECTIVE 1/2 credit

This course is for Merici Med Prep Program students and will take the place of a senior religious education elective course.  The course, now in development, will explore Bioethical Issues from the Catholic perspective.  More details will be available next school year.

Saint Patrick Engineering Club (SPEC)

The St. Patrick Engineering Club is named after the patron saint of engineers and the Irish. According to the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering, “The actual details of St. Patrick’s life are somewhat murky and over years of retelling, the details have undoubtedly been embellished or forgotten. But the most accepted version of events is that the man who
was to become St. Patrick was born in what is now Scotland in the late fourth century AD. In his adult life, St. Patrick worked to spread Christianity throughout the British Isles. As part of this mission, he built churches, including the first churches in Ireland. Before his arrival in Ireland, builders used a dry masonry technique that involved stacking flat stones on top of each other, gradually overlapping the stones to enclose the walls. St. Patrick, however, was familiar
with more Romanized forms of architecture, including the use of lime mortar. It’s also believed that he introduced the concept of arches to Irish builders, giving them the knowledge they needed to build the traditional stone churches that still dot the Irish countryside today. Because of this, the Catholic church has deemed him the patron saint of engineers.”

The St. Patrick Club will meet several times throughout the year to complete special engineering related labs with the assistance of engineers and engineering university students. The labs will allow students to experience simulations and projects similar to the work of an engineer and interact with current undergraduate engineering students. The club is open to all students.

The labs are provided by Engineering Tomorrow and Ursuline is the first Ohio school accepted to participate in the program.

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