Health Professions


Students preparing for careers in the health field, should not only be satisfying the requirements for admission to professional school, but should be fulfilling requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Professional schools do not recommend any particular major but encourage students to choose a broad general curriculum in the social sciences and humanities and to achieve a high level of competence in the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences. It should be emphasized that "pre-med", "pre-nursing", "pre-dent", ect., are not majors. This simply means that students have a health career goal and they are trying to meet admission requirements to that health professional program.

Students preparing for careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry, Chiropractic, and Veterinary Medicine will in time receive graduate degrees, all requiring a strong background in science. Most graduate health profession programs require 4 semesters of chemistry, 2 semesters of physics, 3 semesters of biology, 2-3 semesters of English, and a standardized examination.

Students preparing for allied health careers: Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Physician's Associate/Assistant will most likely enter their chosen profession after completing a baccalaureate degree. Allied health preparation usually consists of 60-90 undergraduate credit hours weighted heavily with mathematical, physical, social, and biological sciences.