Top Homeland Security Degrees

by David Paul Krug

In a world that has been forever changed by the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, undergraduate and graduate programs in homeland security have become extremely popular among today’s college students. That’s largely because there is both a significant interest in protecting the country form terrorists, and significant demand for highly educated professionals who can help guard against any type of future terrorist attack.

In the years that have ensued since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, these degree programs have increased significantly in number. They have also increased in their sophistication and instruction style, giving graduates a clearer picture than ever about how homeland security works, what they can do, and how they can be best prepared to do it. For those interested in protecting the national interest, there are five programs that stand above the rest.

1. George Mason University

Often ranked the first or second-most diverse school in the country, George Mason University has developed a reputation as one of Virginia’s leading higher education institutions for a wide variety of pursuits. Its proximity to Washington, D.C., makes it a great place for those aspiring to a career in the homeland security field.

Also boosting its reputation is a strong homeland security degree program backed by the innovative Center for Infrastructure Protection that the school created in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Graduate and undergraduate programs are offered in security, defense, and intelligence, and most of them offer exclusive access to government agencies, internships, and defense companies.

2. American Military University

American Military University is an online university that, as its name might indicate, primarily targets members of the military and their family members. The school allows for degree programs to be completed on a flexible schedule, and many of its programs are offered at an accelerated pace that works better for active duty members of the armed forces.

The school’s program in homeland security is among the best in the country, and draws on leadership from current and former leaders of America’s military. Because the school targets primarily those who are already fighting on the front lines in anti-terrorism battles around the world, its homeland security degrees are considered some of the best undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in the field.

3. California State University at Fresno

The Fresno campus of California State University offers an online certificate program that it describes as the “advanced” homeland security certificate. The program is designed to be paired with the university’s criminal justice degree programs, and it’s one of the strongest such programs in the country.

As part of the program, students are educated in the government’s role in protecting society from terrorism, as well as the most common motivators behind terrorist groups. They learn the psychology of attacks and the groups who enact them, as well as the best ways to acquire intelligence, thwart potential attacks, and to keep people safe from harm.

4. Capella University

This online university has developed a sterling reputation for providing some of the most outstanding instruction to its students, and the homeland security program offered by the school is no exception. Students can climb the “degree ladder” all the way from a bachelor ’s to their PhD in the field, without ever leaving the confines of the school’s online instructional tools and programs.

Each level of homeland security education offered at the school is taught by experienced professionals who have spent their career at agencies like the CIA and FBI, fighting terrorism and working to keep America safe from extremists around the world. That type of real world experience gives the program some of the highest rankings available by homeland security resources and professionals.

5. Long Island University

The degree program offered at Long Island University is a bit different from many others, as it actually combines homeland security studies with master’s-level management programs. The Homeland Security Management degree, then, is one of the most unique in the country. It prepares students to be either on the front lines in the fight against terrorism, or a behind-the-scenes player that can bring the right forces together to stop the next potential attack.

The entire program is offered online, with no offline component available to those pursuing the degree. That offers a measure of convenience that, when paired with the prestigious Long Island University name, will give students a great shot at landing the job of their dreams after graduation.

Great Programs for a Solid Start to an Exciting Career

The five degree programs mentioned here all have one thing in common: Their unique approaches, experienced faculty, and prestigious names, give graduates an advantage when seeking to land the job of their dreams and keep their country secure. With a wide variety of options, locations, and programs, everyone will be able to pursue the right style of education for their own aspirations.

Forensic Science Degrees are becoming more and more popular. With the advent of shows like Law and Order and CSI, many people are going to school, hoping to break into the crime scene investigation field. As with any degree program, the hardest decision becomes: Where should I go to school? There are thousands of schools, and it is difficult to decide which college is going to give you the education that you need to be successful in the field of forensics. Here is a list of the top 5 forensics programs in the United States. This list should help to make that decision a little easier.

5. University of California- Davis

UC Davis is a great option for people who are looking for a strong, scientific background. The faculty at UC Davis includes professors from many different departments. Expect to see professors from chemistry, psychology, engineering, medicine, and many other fields. UC Davis is one of the best overall universities in the nation, so many of your professors could be big names in their fields. This is very important when looking for a job after graduate school. As we have all heard it said, “It is all about who you know.” Unfortunately, UC Davis does not offer an undergraduate degree in forensics, though their M.S. is one of the best in the United States. For this reason, UC Davis is number 5 on the list.

4. University of Central Florida

At the University of Central Florida, the name of the game is options. If you are looking to get into forensics, but you are not sure which area you are most interested in, this might be the school for you. Some of UCF’s options include forensic analysis and a biochemistry track on the undergraduate side. For graduates, they offer a certificate in computer forensics and an M.S. in digital forensics. Overall, UCF is a great school for people who are still figuring out what they want to do, and the weather isn’t half bad.

3. University of Mississippi

For those of you who are more interested in laboratory forensics, Mississippi’s degree in forensic chemistry could be just what you are looking for. In this program, you will be trained to analyze and handle samples in a lab with respect to crime scene investigations. This degree is offered by Mississippi’s Chemistry and Biochemistry department, so expect tons of coursework in chemistry, which will give you great prospects when looking for a job after school. The biggest perk to this program is the fact that you will also complete an internship while you are in school. Employers and graduate schools love to see internships on your resume.

2. City University of New York: New York, NY

CUNY is a big school in a big city. If you are looking for a school with urban flare, CUNY is the university for you. It is the largest urban university in the United States and is located in Midtown Manhattan, in the middle of everything. CUNY boasts a program that can prepare students to work in many different settings from laboratories to educational settings to criminal medicine. To make it in this fast-paced program, you will need to take courses in physics, biology, chemistry, and even law. CUNY offers undergraduate students three major options to choose from: molecular biology, toxicology, and criminalistics. If you want a degree that is going to give you a firm foundation in the sciences, CUNY could be the right school for you.

1. Pennsylvania State University

A list of great forensics programs could not be complete without Penn State. At the undergraduate level, students can enroll in a B.S. in forensic science with a focus in either biology or chemistry. These students will learn from some of the top professors in the country and government officials. Penn State also offers students a chance to get real world education through internships, special lectures, and trainings. Forensics students spend their first two years learning hard science and building a strong foundation for their final two years that will consist of forensic sciences and law courses. At Penn State, many students came together and formed a Forensic Science Club. This club is very active on campus. Some of their activities include mock crime scene investigations that will give forensics students great experience and a spooky haunted house that the club puts together every Halloween to raise money. If you are looking for a strong degree and a great learning environment, Penn State is the right university for you.

Forensic psychology is a discipline that deals with the psychology and law fields. The field is becoming more and more popular, partly due to the prevalence of books, television shows, and movies depicting characters using psychology to solve crimes. Individuals with a degree in forensic psychology have a wide variety of career options in the field.

1. University of North Dakota

A public research university that focuses on the notion that an excellent liberal arts education is the key to success. The school offers a Master of Science degree in forensic psychology and a Masters of Arts in forensic psychology online degree. The programs prepare students for careers in a variety of areas such as law enforcement, community mental health centers, and specialized agencies. Graduates are also prepared to advance to doctoral programs in forensic psychology or related area. The Master of Science program is a 44-credit program that includes core coursework, electives, and thesis. The core courses include foundations of forensic psychology, diversity psychology, multivariate analysis, experimental design, readings in psychology, and supervised fieldwork. The online program requires 34 credits and all courses are offered entirely online and one campus visit to complete a two-week capstone course. The core courses include foundations of forensic psychology, psychology and law, behavior pathology, advanced social psychology, and advance univariate statistics.

2. University of Denver

The oldest and biggest private university residing in the Rocky Mountain area and it strives to encourage learning by providing students with advanced academic opportunities that promote critical and creative thinking. The University of Denver offers a Master of Arts in forensic psychology. The program prepares students for a career in criminal psychology or to pursue advanced doctoral education in forensic psychology. The core coursework includes introduction to clinical interviewing and psychotherapy, forensic mental health, adult psychopathology, profiles in crime, statistics, group interventions, and ethical issues in forensic psychology. Students in the program engage in field placements to gain hands-on experience. During the second year of the program, students are required to take and pass a clinical competency oral examination.

3. Florida Institute of Technology

A private, independent research university that is committed to providing quality education to serve the needs of a diverse group of learners. The Bachelor of Arts in forensic psychology program prepares students for careers and advanced study in clinical psychology, behavior analysis, criminal justice, and other related areas. The program requires a total of 120 credits and the curriculum includes survey of forensic psychology, psychology research methods and statistics, integrated theories of crime, juvenile delinquency, critical issues in forensic psychology, and applied research analysis. Students have the ability to select a social science or experimental science emphasis. Students in the program must also complete an internship at a criminal justice organization.

4. Tiffin University

A private university with a mission of offering degree programs and lifelong learning experiences that are high quality and professionally focused to promote successful careers and rewarding lives. Tiffin University offers a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in criminal justice with focus on forensic psychology. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice in forensic psychology program prepares students to enter a clinical or research setting in the field. The program requires 121 credit hours and the forensic psychology curriculum includes victimology, psychology of violence and aggression, abnormal behavior, crisis intervention strategies, and capstone senior seminar. The Master of Science in criminal justice with concentration in forensic psychology is a four-semester program with a thesis or intercession course option. Core courses include psychology and law, statistical applications in forensic psychology, psychopathology and criminal behavior, mental health law, forensic counseling, and substance abuse.

5. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

A private institution that incorporates innovation, theory, and professional practice to prepare students for careers in psychology and other related fields. The school is dedicated to services and works with diverse communities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Psychology degree in forensic psychology. The master’s program prepares students to apply psychology to the law enforcement and legal field. Students have the ability to concentrate on various areas such as police psychology, sex offender, corrections, and child protection. The total amount of credits varies by concentration and licensure or non-licensure tracks. The Doctor of Psychology degree provides an in-depth study of forensic psychology and students can concentrate on clinical forensic psychology, adult studies, child and family studies, law enforcement, and forensic neuropsychology. The doctoral requirements vary by concentration, but generally require 104-106 total credits.

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Brains versus brawn. The pen versus the sword. Might against intellect. It’s a battle that seems to have raged forever. Often, the assumption is that it’s one or the other – yet this is by no means always the case. Practically all professional boxers are well-honed athletes, but some have also proven they’ve got just as much power in their brains as they have in their biceps. It’s not all black and white: there is room for grey matter.

It’s the Ukrainian Klitschko brothers who’ve most famously wowed the world with both their academic prowess and their skills in the boxing ring. Wladimir Klitschko was awarded a PhD in Sports Science in 2001, while his older brother, Vitali, is nicknamed Dr. Ironfist and is the first pro boxing world champ with a PhD – just beating Wladimir to the punch, you might say. Vitali is currently the WBC heavyweight champion and a member of the Ukrainian parliament; and current WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir speaks four languages.

Yet there are other big-name fighters who’ve managed to cut it in university and show their brainpower, too. Read on for 10 boxing champions who you’d never guess had college degrees.

10. Audley Harrison – Sports Science and Leisure Management

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London-born boxer Audley Harrison rose to prominence at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when he won an Olympic gold medal in the super heavyweight division, becoming the first British fighter to do so. Yet for Harrison, it was another accolade in an already glittering amateur career. In 1997, he became Britain’s super heavyweight amateur champ; then, the following year, he kept the title and collected a gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

While his interest in boxing continued to develop at college, Harrison managed to balance it with his academic pursuits. And in 1999, he graduated from Brunel University, England with a BSc Honors degree in Sports Science with Leisure Management.

Unfortunately, since turning professional following his Olympic success, Harrison’s career has been inconsistent. And despite the fact that he won the European heavyweight title in April 2010, his bout with David Haye on November 13 that same year became notorious when he only managed to land one punch. Even so, the science graduate rejected calls to retire, and on October 12, 2012, he was knocked out by David Price 82 seconds into the first round. Harrison, now aged 41, is still keen to continue boxing. Maybe he should use his head and think again.

9. James “Bonecrusher” Smith – Business Administration

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With 32 knockouts and 44 wins during his professional career, James “Bonecrusher” Smith lived up to his nickname. But, in between crushing bones, Smith was also the first heavyweight-boxing champ to have been awarded a college degree.

Smith achieved an associate’s degree in Business Administration from James Sprunt Community College, North Carolina in 1973. Furthermore, two years on he followed that up with a Business Administration bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. Then in 1981, after competing as an amateur boxer, Smith went pro at the age of 28.

Despite nine straight knock-outs, and the fact that he managed to defeat the then unbeaten Frank Bruno in 1984, a succession of dropped points decisions led Smith to visit a psychiatrist. It seemed to work, though, as important decision wins over Jesse Ferguson and David Bey led to Smith claiming the WBA belt from Tim Witherspoon. However, in 1987 he lost the belt to Mike Tyson in a unification tournament.

Smith eventually retired at 46, but it seems there was no doubt his academic background would come back into play. Smith was ordained as a minister in 1996, and he’s also done a considerable amount of charity work, including his establishment of Champion For Kids Inc., which provides high school students with scholarships.

8. Nathan Cleverly – Mathematics

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Nathan Cleverly is a 25-year-old Welsh boxer and rising star who’s already had a string of successes in the ring. Undefeated, he’s currently the WBO light heavyweight world champion and a previous holder of the European, British and Commonwealth light heavyweight titles.

Before Cleverly’s November 2012 WBO title defense in Los Angeles, his belt was brought to the ring by Mickey Rourke and Tom Jones. But it’s not all been glitz and glamor for the Welshman. While competing for his European and Commonwealth titles, Cleverly was also completing a BSc in Mathematics at Cardiff University. Speaking to the BBC, the young boxer admits that the schedule was tough: “As well as crunching numbers, I’ve had to fight for the British, Commonwealth and European titles as well, and spend most evenings hitting the heavy bag and doing numerous press ups and sit ups,” he says.

Still, with his degree behind him, the appropriately named Cleverly is expected to make the fourth defense of his WBO title on March 16, 2013, against Robin Krasniqi.

7. Calvin Brock – Finance

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Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock’s nickname might not strike fear into his opponents like other boxing pseudonyms, but it’s well earned. The name was bestowed upon him by an advertisement for the Bank of America, but it was no random celebrity endorsement. Brock was a former employee of the Bank and achieved a Finance degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also looked after his own portfolio.

Brock had always been passionate about boxing, and he went on to enjoy a successful amateur career. He won the National Golden Gloves in the heavyweight class in 1998 and was crowned the US amateur champ in 1999. He then went on to compete at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Brock turned professional in 2001 and tasted considerable success, with 31 wins, 23 by knock-out. His biggest match-up was in November 2006, against IBF and IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko in Madison Square Garden. The fight was his first professional title shot but also his first professional loss.

Sadly, Brock’s blossoming career was cut short the following year when one of his retinas was damaged during a fight. Following unsuccessful surgery, he was deemed legally blind in his right eye and hung up his gloves. However, he returned to the financial world and now operates as a commercial real estate agent.

6. John “Super D” Duplessis – Psychology (BA), Social Work (Master’s)

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John “Super D” Duplessis earned his nickname from the Superman costume he wore when he spoke to school kids. As he explained in a 1988 interview, “It’s because I think I can be a super role model for kids.” Duplessis earned recognition for his work with disabled children and against drug abuse. He was also highly respected in the ring.

Duplessis was a champion amateur boxer from the age of 10, and he turned professional in 1984. Trainer Lou Duva compared Duplessis to Sugar Ray Leonard. But sadly, Duplessis’ career came to an early end in 1995 when a bout left him legally blind.

Still, undeterred, Duplessis threw himself back into education. As a full-time student at Southern University in New Orleans, he graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2002, before achieving a Social Work master’s degree from the same institution three years later.

5. Chazz Witherspoon – Pharmaceutical Marketing

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In 2003, a year after he’d taken up boxing in his sophomore year at college, Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon won the Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves title. The same year, he proceeded to come third at the National Police Athletic League Tournament. And continuing his impressive performances, he also won the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament, gaining the accolade of “Most Outstanding Boxer,” which qualified him for the US Championships. When he came second at national level, Witherspoon became eligible to try out for the Olympics – but in the end, he traveled to Athens in 2004 as an alternate. Still, later that year, “The Gentleman” turned professional.

Witherspoon managed a run of 23 professional fights unbeaten, 15 of which ended in knockouts. A natural athlete, he had been offered three Division 1 basketball scholarships and two track scholarships when he graduated from Paulsboro High School in 1999. But, proving he had just as much brains as brawn, he instead opted for an academic scholarship at St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing in May 2005 – a year after he’d turned professional in the ring.

4. Juan Díaz – Political Science

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Juan “Baby Bull” Díaz (left) qualified to represent Mexico at the 2000 Sydney Olympics on the back of a string of amateur successes. Unfortunately, aged just 16, he was deemed too young to compete. Even so, the young Mexican had his first professional fight in June of that year and went on knock out his opponents in his first five bouts. In all, he racked up 24 victories with no defeats on his way to his first world title challenge in 2004.

On July 17, 2021 Díaz beat Lakva Sim to claim the WBA lightweight title. But what makes Díaz’s accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that he maintained his studies. In 2001, he graduated from Houston’s Contemporary Learning Center, then went on to attain a bachelors degree in political science at the University of Houston–Downtown.

In 2011, at the age of 28, and with a record of 35 wins and four defeats, Díaz announced his retirement. He then enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law School and hopes to become a lawyer. Díaz can also add “businessman” to his already impressive résumé, as he owns a radio production company and co-owns a trucking firm with his brother.

3. and 2. Carlos Palomino (Recreation Administration) and Armando Muniz (Spanish)

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On January 21, 1977, boxers Carlos Palomino (left) and Armando Muniz (right) made boxing history. The WBC welterweight clash was the first world title fight between two college graduates. This led Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray to describe the bout as “boxing’s finest intellectual hour since George Bernard Shaw wrote to Gene Tunney.” Palomino won the fight thanks to two knockdowns and a knockout in the last round.

Palomino had recently earned a degree in Recreation Administration at Long Beach State, while Muniz had a Spanish degree from California State Los Angeles and was studying for an Administration graduate degree. Fortunately, both athletes had ignored advice to concentrate on boxing, with Palomino holding that “athletic careers are pretty short and I’d still have a whole life ahead of me.”

Despite their schooling, the fighters’ boxing abilities seemed unaffected. What’s more, their 1977 meeting is remembered as one of the best bouts of that year. Palomino went on to win the 1978 rematch, as well – but both men will be remembered for together challenging the stereotype that boxers lack brains.

1. Juan Manuel Márquez – Accounting

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Juan Manuel Márquez may well be one of the most successful champion boxers to also hold a degree. The 39-year-old is currently the WBO light-welterweight champ and is the first Mexican-born boxer to become a world champion in four divisions. In all, Márquez has won seven world titles in five different weight classes, so it’s easy to see why he is called “Dinamita.”

Believed by some to be the greatest Mexican boxer of all time, Márquez still appears to be on top of his game. This was ably demonstrated in his fourth meeting with Manny Pacquiao, on December 8, 2012, when he convincingly knocked out Pacquiao, earning the WBO “Champion of the Decade” belt in the process.

Incredibly, Márquez has somehow also found time to earn an accounting degree. During a recent HBO question-and-answer session, he was asked what he might have become had he not been a professional fighter. His response: “I have an accounting degree, so I’d probably be an accountant!”

Bonus Entry: Vernon Forrest – Business Administration

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Nicknamed “The Viper,” Vernon Forrest started boxing when he was just nine years of age. Moreover, he achieved a 225-16 amateur record on his way to becoming the US junior welterweight champion at the age of 21.

Forrest was the first member of his family to graduate from high school and, what’s more, he gained a scholarship to Northern Michigan University to study Business Administration. He left college – but only to follow his dreams, as he also qualified for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Indeed, Forrest went into the Olympics as the gold medal favorite, but he suffered from food poisoning early in the competition. Even so, “The Viper” turned professional that same year.

Forrest’s career highlights included defeating Shane Mosley three times – once as an amateur and then twice as a professional. In 2002, he was crowned WBC welterweight champion and “fighter of the year” in Ring Magazine.

Forrest also later claimed the WBC light middleweight title from Sergio Mora, on September 14, 2008. Sadly, it was his final fight. On July 25, 2009, he was robbed and murdered in Atlanta, Georgia.

1. Be Like Water

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee is considered to be the most influential martial artist and the greatest icon of martial arts cinema of all time. In the early 1946, he appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee received huge popularity across the United States in 1966-1967 with his role in the television series The Green Hornet after which he was starred in numerous movies until he died on 20th July 1973 in Hong Kong at the age of 32. He is also known for changing the way Asians were presented in American films.

2. The Guidance of Virtue

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” – Buddha

Gautama Buddha was a spiritual guru who is remembered for his teachings on living an enlightened life. His teachings are known today as ‘Buddhism’. Though the actual date of his birth and death is uncertain but it is known that he was born a prince in the 6th century BC in northern India at a place called Lumbini (presently known as Nepal) at the foot of Mount Palpa in the Himalayan ranges and died in 480 B.C. at age of 80. His father Suddhodana was the king who ruled an Indian tribe Shakyas. His mother Maya died only after seven days of his birth and he was raised by his mother’s sister Mahaprajapati. At the age of 29, he left his home, family and kingdom to seek enlightenment and a way to get rid of universal suffering and pain of humanity.

3. Catch The Spirit Of The Great Pioneers

“To win the big stakes in this changed world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value, the spirit that serves as the life-blood of our own country – your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents.” ― Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill is one of the greatest personal-success coaches who is best remembered for his work ‘Think and Grow Rich’ in 1937, which is one of the best-selling books of all time. The book has been read and mentioned by several renowned and successful successful personalities and remains the inspiration for millions of people worldwide. He pioneered and revolutionized ‘New Thoughts’ on personal beliefs and success. By showing some real-life examples on how an average person can accomplish their goals, he brought success in the reach of any person.

4. Every Morning Is A New Arrival

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ― Rumi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, widely known as Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Muslim mystical poet and theologian. His devotional and inspiring poetry are his insightful experience of uplifting our consciousness for living a meaning and liberal life; in a nutshell, they enlighten us about divine life, and relieve the turbulent mind, distressed soul and devastated spirit. Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi and Mathnawi are among his most famous works. Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi is a collection of ghazals that has been named in the honor of Rumi’s greatest inspiration dervish Shamsuddin and Mathnawi is a collection of six volumes of poetry that demonstrates the diverse facets of spiritual life.

5. It is Between You And God

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Mother Teresa

Born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa dedicated her whole life serving the humanity; she is the symbol of compassion and love. It is known that she was highly fascinated by the lives of missionaries and their selfless services. By the age of 12, she was determined to live a religious life and devote herself to serve the poor and destitute. In 1950, she founded a Roman Catholic religious congregation ‘the Missionaries of Charity’, which is now active in 133 countries and has more than 4,500 sisters. The Missionaries of Charity takes care of the distressed, homeless, refugees, mentally ills, ex-prostitutes, abandoned children and aged, people with AIDS, and convalescent. In 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant contribution in assisting the poor to overcome their daily struggles for living better life.

6. Don’t Be Afraid Of Experience

“Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” ― Osho

Born as Chandra Mohan Jain and later known as Acharya Rajneesh or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and later in 1980s as Osho was an Indian spiritual teacher who was internationally famous for his teachings. His concept and definition of ‘Sannyas’ was completely different from the conventional Eastern perspective, he initiated on self-exploration without renouncing the world, and promoted to have an open and better attitude towards sex which all together grabbed international attention. Osho was a professor at the Sanskrit College in Raipur in 1957, and the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur until 1966. Later, he left his profession and traveled across India to awaken the human consciousness about the orthodox religion. His unorthodox and challenging attitude towards studies attracted people across the world.

7. God is Reflection Of Human Fraility

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.” ― Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, is widely known for his significant contribution in developing the general theory of relativity, which proved revolutionary in physics. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. Throughout his life, he has written countless articles, published dozens of books and worked in several different projects collaborating with other scientists, some of them were the Einstein refrigerator and the Bose–Einstein statistics. On 17 April 1955, he died after experiencing the internal bleeding.

8. Mistakes Do Not Make us Evil

“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.” – Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon is an Australian poet, fantasy novelist, and playwright who emerged in the 1990s. She was aspired to be a writer and at the initial stage of her career she worked as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Her very first volume of poetry This is the Stone received worldwide attention, won the Anne Elder Award and the Mary Gilmore Prize. Her novella Navigatio received The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. She was honored as the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year in 2009. Besides being a Melbourne theatre critic for the national daily newspaper, The Australian, she maintains her blog.

9. The Brick Walls Are There For A Reason

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch

American professor of computer science as well as human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University Randolph Frederick Randy Pausch was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. He came into limelight after his last lecture “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in 2007 at Carnegie Mellon, which led him to other reputed media appearances. In 2008, on July 25th, he died from pancreatic cancer.

10. The Greatest Blessings Are Within Us

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca

Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist and statesman Lucius Annaeus Seneca, who is best known as Seneca, was born in 4 BC in the southern Spanish city of Cordoba. Seneca was tutored to be an orator and lawyer in order to work in the the service of the state but later studied philosophy. He was accused of having a connection in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors Nero and was subsequently forced to commit suicide in April 65 AD. Though his involvement was never proved.

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Free College Credit

by David Paul Krug · 0 comments

Many people end up giving up on college. The number one reason why is because of confusion and a lack of discipline to finish their degree because of being short a few credits.

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The healthcare field is increasingly moving to digital formats. From medical records to reference materials, content is going electronic, online, and increasingly, becoming available on mobile devices. The iPad is an ideal platform for accessing these digital medical references because it is easy to carry into exams, to work with at home, and has a large screen that facilitates viewing more and more detailed information than would be accessible on a smart phone.

Companies are realizing the market for these apps, and there are dozens of them available. Here, we provide a list of the ten best iPad apps for medical professionals. We include apps for doctors, other practitioners, and students to support their tasks and to educate patients.

1. Muscle System Pro III - This app was developed at Stanford University and has become the standard reference tool for students and professionals. The app is rich in features. It shows 548 isolated muscles alone with their insertion and origin points. To support understanding, it has hundreds of movement animations and pronunciations. For any body part, the user can see a 360 degree rotation along with inferior and superior rotations when applicable. Each muscle features 10 layers of visualization and 3D mapping to bones. For collaboration, a user can draw on any image and share it over email or on social media. It is the most complete musculoskeletal reference for the iPad.
Price: $19.99

2. Upper Respiratory Virtual Lab - This free app is a 3D simulator of the upper airway. It allows users to pinch and drag to explore the visualizations at different levels, and enhances learning by allowing students to interact with the simulation in all three dimensions. The app has detailed information on 34 anatomical structures. Users can tap on target areas in the app and see photographs, illustrations, and clinical information.
Price: Free

3. AirStrip - Cardiology - For clinicians working with patients’ ECG data, airstrip revolutionizes the way they can study and diagnose digitally. When hospitals or ambulances have AirStrip’s technology installed, the app can reproduce the ECG in detail for the clinician to view in real time on their screen. This eliminates the need to try to diagnose on faxed or scanned ECG strips. It also speeds up diagnosis by allowing fast transmission of ECG from the field to the clinician instead of requiring them to wait to receive the strips. AirStrip shows a 10 second view of all 12 leads, and users can see differences down to below 0.5 millimeters. A patient’s ECG history is also available, so a clinician can compare the ECGs over time.
Price: Free

4. Mobile MIM - This app is designed for clinicians to view SPECT, PET, CT, MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound images. Clinicians can to review images, DVH, isodose curves, and contours. It can show 3D depth-shaded movies, and supports annotation and sharing. When a workstation is not available, data can be transmitted to the iPad from MIMcloud (a secure cloud-based application) or MIM 5.1+ workstation software.
Price: Free

5. Rx-Writer - e-Prescribing is faster, more accurate, and more convenient for patients. Rx-Writer supports this for iPad. The free version supports 250 patients, includes 30 complimentary fax pages, and free faxing for 60 days. It has various subscription prices to support more patients and faxes. It includes features to renew all of a patient’s records at once, view medication lists sorted by indication, alphabetically, or chronologically. A clinician can see all the medications a patient is taking and fax prescriptions directly from the iPad. It also includes the entire FDA database for reference.
Price: Free trial, various subscription prices.

6. drchrono EHR - This is a complete electronic health records (EHR) system, in compliance with ONC-ATCB stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria. It has features for making customizable clinical notes and building clinical forms. Clinicians can take advantage of real time speech to text, e-prescribing, and databases for allergies and drug interactions. In addition to notes for documentation, it supports iPad-based photo and video. On the administrative side, the app supports phone call logging, chart printing and viewing, and paperless medical billing. Clinical instant messaging and chat is also included.

As part of the economic stimulus package, users of this app qualify for Meaningful Use EHR incentives under the HITECH Act. This can lead to over $44,000 in tax incentives.
Price: Free base version, subscriptions available for various costs.

7. Blausen Human Atlas HD - This atlas is an app designed to allow patients to learn about their medical conditions in a high resolution environment. It includes 3D animations and 1,200 high definition still images. It also has a glossary of over 1,500 medical terms and includes information on conditions, their causes, and their treatments. For doctors, nurses, educators, students, and care givers, this is an excellent resource to educate patients about their conditions and treatments.

The app has 360 degree rotation of the human body with a whole body view in addition to visualizations of different systems, including the nervous, respiratory, and circulatory system.
Price: $29.99

8. CardioTeach for iPad - When practitioners want to illustrate cardiovascular treatments and issues to their patients, this app is designed to help them illustrate. It uses simple graphics to show normal heart function as well as rhythm, common coronary, and peripheral conditions. Practitioners can mark up anatomical illustrations by hand or by inserting cardiac devices like pacemakers. They can also annotate the images and send the marked up versions to patients over email.
Price: Free

9. OsiriX HD - DICOM is a digital standard for transferring and storing medical images. This award winning app is a full DICOM image viewer for iPad that supports C-STORE SCP, C-MOVE SCU, C-FIND SCU, C-GET SCU, and WADO network protocols. Users can download and manipulate all standard medical image types in their native DICOM format, including ultrasound, CT scanner, MRI, PET, etc. Secure VPN communication is supported as well.

Users can zoom and pan images, adjust contrast and intensity, and measure object sizes, including when zoomed. For large sets of images, there is a slider for browsing through the set.
Price: $29.99

10. SurgiChart - This is a surgical case-log manager for posting, planning, and sharing cases. It is secure, private, and HIPAA-compliant.

The cloud-based service provides a social networking type environment for surgeons to collaborate by annotating their surgical records and sharing them securely with colleagues. Colleagues can create and edit records during and after the surgical process, upon invitation of the surgeon. Updates can be shared immediately with anyone the surgeon gives access to the records.

The app can serve as a surgeon’s case library. Images, notes, records, and videos of each procedure are organized together and viewable. Search over cases is also supported.

Price: Free, monthly subscriptions with various prices

Top Medical Schools in Wyoming

by David Paul Krug

Wyoming is home to the University of Wyoming. The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie. The University is located between two picturesque mountain ranges in southeastern Wyoming. As the state’s only four-year university it is equipped with pre-med studies and medical residency programs. The University of Wyoming is among the top medical schools in the western states. The University’s College of Health Sciences has fantastic undergraduate programs including those that prepare for medical school. Pre-med students get hands on experience preparing for medical school. The University of Wyoming’s College of Health Sciences is highly rated with regards to excellence in teaching and research. Students with a particular interest in family or rural medicine will appreciate the University of Wyoming’s specialized programs.

The University of Wyoming has residency programs in both Casper and Cheyenne. Attending this university is a good choice for those interested in family medicine. For undergraduates considering different medical schools The University of Wyoming is a great choice. Shadowing physicians in clinics and hospitals is just one of the opportunities open to students choosing the pre-med path. Pre-med studying abroad programs are available for dedicated students in the program. Both residency programs are centered on family medicine. The College of Heath Sciences’ mission statement boasts emphasis on rural medicine. The University of Wyoming’s challenging pre-medical school path can lead into residency positions in Casper and Cheyenne. The University also has state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Candidates researching medical schools should consider the University of Wyoming’s College of Health Sciences.

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