Information Literacy for Health Care Professionals Proficiency Exam

Undergraduate Students

HSV 3650: Information Literacy in the Health Sciences is part of the curriculum for several undergraduate degrees. The course is a prerequisite for HSV 4780: U.S. Policy in Health & Human Services. You may take the Information Literacy for Health Care Professionals Proficiency Exam as an alternative to taking HSV 3650. If you score 75 percent or better on the exam, you do not have to take HSV 3650 and you may enroll in HSV 4780.

OT Graduate Students

HSV 3650: Information Literacy in the Health Sciences is required for admission into the OT graduate program. You do not have to take the course if you pass the proficiency exam. However, if you do not pass the proficiency exam (75 percent or better) by August 1, you must enroll in HSV 3650 for the fall.

Resources

The exam consists of 50 questions that are true/false and multiple choice. Once you start the exam, you have 10 hours to complete it. Although the average time is approximately 2-3 hours.

The exam measures your ability to find and evaluate resources, use APA style in your writing and to avoid plagiarism. Since information literacy depends on your ability to use tools to do this, you must use the appropriate tools to complete the exam. In addition to other tools at your disposal, we have created a guide on the WMU library site. The material in this exam will be utilized in your subsequent classes, so it is important to figure out how to use these resources.

Cost

The exam costs $50.

Where to find the exam

After paying for the exam, the exam will appear in your Elearning under My Courses, No Term. You may need to click on the arrow to display items under this heading. Select Information Literacy in the Health Sciences Proficiency Exam (screen shot).

UNDERGRADUATE Deadlines

You must complete the proficiency exam by the following dates to enroll in HSV 4780 for that term.

  • To enroll in fall - complete exam by August 1
    Note: OT graduate students must complete exam by August 1
  • To enroll in spring - complete exam by December 1
  • To enroll in summer I - complete exam by May 1
  • To enroll in summer II - complete exam by June 1

Scores

After you take the test, your score will be emailed to you. At that point, you can determine whether or not you can use the proficiency exam as your prerequisite (a score over 75 percent). If you receive a score under 75 percent, you may retake the exam and pay an additional $50 or enroll in HSV 3650: Information Literacy in the Health Sciences. We highly recommend that you take the course if you have failed the exam three times.  If you have any questions, please email ihs-ilhcp@wmich.edu.

Register for the exam