Pre-Professional Health Sciences
About the Program
The Pre-Professional Health Science program features an interdisciplinary coursework model paired with opportunities for experiential involvement in the health sciences on-campus, in the community, and in professional and clinical settings. The major prepares students for application to graduate degree and certification programs in the health sciences and related fields as well as direct entry into multiple health science careers.
Articulation agreements are in place to support acceptance of students with strong academic performance into professional graduate programs at other institutions. Agreements exist for graduate work in Nursing (second-degree), Osteopathic and Allopathic Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Podiatric Medicine.
Pre-Professional Health Sciences offers General Emphasis, Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Therapy, Pre-Vet emphasis areas, curriculum may include:
For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog here.
Research: Students have the chance to partner with faculty on research projects of interest in the lab, classroom, and community. Importance is placed on research to benefit and improve the health of the Ferrum and greater community.
Internships: Students have the option or are required (depending on emphasis area chosen) to complete an internship in the field of their intended career. Recent internships have included some of the following placements:
- Physical and Occupational Therapy clinics
- Family Practice and Specialty clinics
- Orthodontic clinics
- Wellness and athletic training facilities
- Veterinary clinics and hospitals
- Animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations
- Federally-qualified free healthcare facilities
- Clinical and hospital labs
- Hospital scribes
- Athletic teams
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Occupational Therapy facilities
Minds-n-Medicine Club: The mission of the Club is to promote the pursuit of professions in medicine-related fields through dissemination of information, interaction with practicing professionals, and strengthened association with peers while serving the needs of the community.
What Can I be With a Major in Pre-professional Health Sciences?
- Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Midwife
- Physician Assistant
- Medical Doctor
- Medical Technologist
- Doctor of Podiatry
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Clinical Laboratory Scientist
- Histologist or Pathologist
- Dentist or Orthodontist
- Health Science Researcher
- Chiropractic Medical Doctor
- Medical Imaging Specialist
- Veterinary Technician
- Animal Health Researcher