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Alex Boyland: Now let’s hear from Alison, an instructor of kinesiology in UCF’s College of Health Professions and Sciences. From the main campus in the city beautiful to the College of Medicine in Central Florida’s Medical City, she’s going to share how UCF is training students to become the next generation of healthcare experts.

Alison Redd: Thanks Alex. Here at UCF, we’re rethinking how to best deliver healthcare and we’re redefining what healthcare is. As a faculty member, I expose students to a wide variety of health professions and I help them gain knowledge in both the classroom and in clinical internships so they can impact individuals and communities on day one.

We know that often personal experiences drives a student’s desire to work in healthcare, much like my own story of playing soccer here at UCF fueled my passion for wanting to learn more about the human body and what it was capable of. And no matter what fuels you from nursing and physical therapy to speech language, pathology, and medicine, UCF has a program that can help you achieve your goals.

One of the biggest advantages of studying healthcare at UCF is our anchoring connection with Lake Nona Medical City, the medical hub of Central Florida. It started with and is home to the UCF College of Medicine, the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, and our UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center. It’s also where you will find the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, our teaching hospital, in partnership with HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers in healthcare services. And with neighbors like Nemours Children’s Hospital and the Orlando VA Medical Center, UCF’s Academic Health Sciences campus is the place to be if you dream of becoming a doctor or medical researcher.

On the main campus, students in the College of Health Professions and Sciences gain foundational knowledge in areas like health sciences and kinesiology. And thanks to a world-class faculty in high-tech simulation, the College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to meet the world’s ever-changing healthcare needs.

From studying muscle function to helping cure cancer, our faculty and students are contributing to impactful research and are at the forefront of great scientific discovery. In fact, UCF’s high level of research earned at the ranking of one of the top 50 public research universities in the nation. From bachelor’s degrees all the way up to the doctoral level, UCF gives you the expertise and experience to empower you to become a contemporary clinician. Back to you, Alex.

Alex Boyland: Wow, Alison. That was impressive. What a special place to learn how to provide quality care for people. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of what UCF has to offer students interested in health and medicine.

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