Health Sciences

Health Sciences

Health Sciences


About the program

The mission of the Health Sciences program is to educate students in the science foundation of the Health Sciences and to provide:

  1. a quality curriculum emphasizing experiential learning,
  2. a faculty current in their field and professionally engaged, and
  3. assistance in making a successful transition into their chosen profession.

This major includes the basic science courses and liberal arts foundation followed by specialization at another institution in a specific professional career area. Depending on specific professional goals, many students will be able to complete the Ferrum component of the major in three years and Ferrum will confer the B.S. in Health Sciences after students earn the required additional professional elective credit hours in their professional area.

Coursework in Health Sciences

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Health Sciences, and includes courses such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Human Nutrition

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Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

Internships: Students are required to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

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What can I be with a major in Health Sciences?

A major in Health Sciences leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) ...
  • Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Medical Technologist
  • Doctor of Podiatry 
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Health Science Researcher
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialist
  • Chiropractic Medical Doctor
  • Medical Imaging Specialist

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Articulation Agreements

Ferrum College has and continues to develop articulation agreements with other institutions. Currently professional programs covered by these agreements include

  • Nursing (2)
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Podiatric Medicine

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Health Sciences Faculty

 Chris Aylesworth
Program Coordinator of Pre-Professional Science
Assistant Professor of Biology and
Director of Professional Health Sciences
D.V.M., Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
(540) 365-4542
caylesworth@ferrum.edu | View Profile


Carolyn L. Thomas | View Profile                    
Professor of Environmental Science and Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(540) 365-4368

David Johnson | View Profile
Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science
Ph.D., University of Michigan
(540) 365-4364

Bob Pohlad | View Profile
Professor of Biology and Horticulture
Ph.D., University of Georgia
(540) 365-4378

Jason Powell | View Profile
Dean for the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(540) 365-4370

Michaela Gazdik | View Profile
Associate Profesor of Molecular Biology
Ph.D., The State University of New York at Albany
(540) 365-4369

Natalia Smelkova | View Profile
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Ph.D., Sackler Institute of Biomedical Science, NYU
(540) 365-4362

Katherine Goff | View Profile
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(540) 365-4468

Maria Puccio |
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., George Washington University
(540) 365-4238


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Find out more

Information is only an email away! Contact Dr. Aylesworth, Director of Professional Health Sciences at caylesworth@ferrum.edu.

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