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Become A Health Science Instructor

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Working As A Health Science Instructor

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $89,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Health Science Instructor Do At Kaiser Permanente

* The Chair will be responsible for establishing a new department within KPSOM.
* Ensure that KPSOM students master HSS competencies and are prepared to employ them as resident physicians.
* Work as a member of the leadership team to develop the strategic and tactical plans for implementation of the HSS curriculum as a core component of the overall KPSOM curriculum.
* Maintain an active teaching role with broad expertise in content areas.
* Mentor, counsel, and advise students.
* Partner with KPSOM leadership to recruit, hire, and recommend rank appointments for department faculty of the Department of Health Systems Science.
* Mentor and advise faculty for individual professional development and advancement.
* Conduct annual reviews of faculty, establishing short and long-term goals and metrics for accomplishment for each individual.
* Advocate for faculty and ensure committee appointments to establish a culture of respectful self-governance inclusive of all faculty within the school.
* Contribute to and support the faculty in a culture of scholarship focused on education, health services, and other areas of research.
* Participate in and take a leadership role in other activities related to establishing and maintaining a thriving and effective medical school.
* Collaborate with KPSOM leadership to create and implement a culture of innovation, inclusion, well-being, and commitment to learning excellence

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How To Become A Health Science Instructor

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Real Health Science Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2016 $250,000
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Albuquerque, NM Jun 19, 2013 $228,760
Health Science Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2013 $156,647
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Nov 01, 2014 $140,000
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $136,000
Instructor of Medicine, Health Sciences Series Central California Faculty Medical Group Fresno, CA Aug 15, 2016 $135,000 -
$185,000
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 02, 2016 $105,300
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jan 07, 2016 $105,000
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $105,000
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $102,000
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $102,000
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2014 $92,200
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2014 $92,200
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 12, 2015 $83,783
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2011 $79,800
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $79,500
Instructor-Alternative Health Sciences Acupuncture Center Inc. Racine, WI Aug 01, 2010 $64,160
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 07, 2016 $63,800
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Santa Monica, CA Jan 07, 2016 $63,600
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jan 07, 2016 $63,600
Health Sciences Clinical Instructor University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $62,984

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Top Skills for A Health Science Instructor

CurriculumDevelopmentMedicalTerminologyAnatomy/PhysiologyClassroomInstructionLessonPlansHosaProceduresAmericaAdvisorSafetyCPREthicalIssuesPharmacyHealthScienceTechnologyCNABiologyEmergencyMedicaidNurseAideClinicalRotationsPrinciplesPhlebotomy

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Top Health Science Instructor Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. Anatomy/Physiology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instruct classes including: Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Medical Office Administration.
  • Instructed Basic Human Anatomy/Physiology Courses.
  • Developed and implemented lesson plans fulfilling the curriculum program.
  • Provided national, state and local membership opportunities for students through HOSA.
  • Teach Health Science Essentials, Laboratory Procedures, & Health Science Business Procedures in a classroom and laboratory setting.

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