About the Program

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

  • a quality curriculum emphasizing experiential learning
  • a faculty current in their field and professionally engaged
  • 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 Pre-professional Health Sciences after students earn the required additional professional elective credit hours in their professional area.

Coursework in Pre-professional Health Sciences

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

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

Experiential & Hands-On Learning Opportunities

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

What Can I be With a Major in Pre-professional Health Sciences?

A major in Pre-professional Health Sciences leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. 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

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

Pre-professional Health Sciences Faculty

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

Cherie Bond
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine
(540) 365-4369

Dan Bowman
Associate Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Indiana University
(540) 365-4361

Jinnie Garrett
Professor of Biology, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Ph.D., Texas A & M University
(540) 365-4370

Laura Grochowski
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Oregon State University
(540) 365-6949

David Park
Instructor of Biology
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(540) 365-4452

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

Jason Powell
Professor of Chemistry and Physics Education
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(540) 365-4376

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

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

Contact Dr. Katie Goff, Associate Professor of Biology at