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First Coast Medical and Health Science Education Programs

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Compiled by Joshua Bragenberg

The First Coast has a variety of medical studies available, whether it is in Jacksonville or St. Augustine. Students can study anything from nursing to physical therapy. Here, we have compiled a list of heath science majors offered at local colleges.

Jacksonville University- School of Nursing, School of Applied Science
• Jacksonville University offers Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate programs in the field of nursing. JU is committed to providing a learning environment that prepares nurses to work at all levels of this discipline.
• JU’s School of Applied Science offers a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. The bachelor program prepares students for further education in speech language pathology and teaches students the basics of audiology and the sciences of speech and hearing.
• JU’s School of Applied Science also offers a bachelor degree in kinesiology. This program prepares students for the emerging field of the study of human movement.

For more information visit Jacksonville University online at

University of North Florida- Brooks College of
UNF has a Bachelor of Athletic Training to prepare students to prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate injuries and conditions of athletes.
• The exercise science program at UNF offers both a bachelor and master degree to those that desire to pursue a career in physical therapy and public health.
• UNF’s Physical Therapy program has a Doctorate degree that prepares students to take the national licensure examination.
• One of the six flagship programs at UNF, Nutrition and Dietetics, offers students undergraduate and graduate studies to be valued nutrition specialists in hospitals, nursing homes or their communities.
• The Department of Public Health features a variety of programs ranging from community health, aging services, health administration and clinical mental health counseling.
• The flagship School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduate programs ranging from a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
For more information about programs at the University of North Florida- Brooks College of Health visit them online at
University of St.
• The Doctor of Physical therapy program aims to graduate proficient practitioners that specialize in prevention, evaluation and treatment of injuries and other physical problems.
• The Master of Occupational Therapy trains therapists that will help people of all ages who are struggling with physical, developmental and emotional or social issues.

For more information about the University of St. Augustine programs visit them online at

Florida State College at
FSCJ offers an Associate in Science in Nursing that prepares graduates to work in entry-level positions.
• A Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates for evidence-based care and leadership roles.

For more information about Florida State College at Jacksonville visit them online at

Hoka One One

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Hoka One One is one of the most innovative footwear companies in the business, and it goes well beyond its innovative name (which in the language of the native Maori tribe of New Zealand means “time to fly”). The shoes feature massively thick midsoles, sometimes as thick as 35-milimeters in the heel, compared to the 24-milimeters of a conventional running shoe. Hokas are the favorite shoe of Ultra runners, those who run more than a 26.2-mile marathon.

Hoka’s new shoe, the Clifton, is a slightly scaled down Hoka, in fact they refer to it as a “racing shoe.” Like all Hokas, the Clifton incorporates the Meta-Rocker, a midsole shape that creates a fulcrum like effect and the Active Foot Frame, technology that naturally creates stability for a wide range of feet and running styles. The midsole features a 29mm thick heel and 24milimeters in the forefoot, but as with all Hokas there is a lot of cushioning and this shoe weighs a mere 7.7 ounces (men’s size 9, 6.6 oz. women’s 7). The Clifton sells for $130 and is a great, very adaptable shoe.

Click here to visit the Hoka One One company website.

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