Health Professions Advising Program

Health Professions Advising Program

Changes effective Fall Term 2010

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Medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, podiatry, and other professional schools seek students with a broad education who can handle the rigors of basic science courses. The Health Professions Advising Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for graduate study. While the program highlights the necessary preprofessional courses (science, math, and English), it also encourages students to major in liberal arts disciplines consistent with their interests and talents. Students should consider nontraditional health-related majors (such as history or philosophy), as well as fields like biology and chemistry.

Faculty from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences serve on the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC), which coordinates the program. HPAC sponsors the following activities:

  • generating and disseminating data about health careers;
  • staying in touch with regional health professional schools;
  • promoting student interaction with community professionals and health organizations;
  • providing a forum for discussion of problems, concerns, and stresses associated with preparation for professional school;
  • advising students on course selection and the value of extracurricular and experiential activities;
  • conducting a formal review of each sophomore's progress toward health careers, as well as assigning health-science advisors (Sophomore Review);
  • interviewing and evaluating each preprofessional senior (Senior Review); and
  • writing a committee evaluation for each student requesting one.


Medical, dental, optometry, and podiatry schools specify a fairly uniform set of entrance requirements. Prerequisites vary for veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, etc. Students should check with the health professions program chief advisor for information on specific schools.



BIO 120 General Biology I

BIO 121 General Biology I

Recommended: Two (2) additional biology courses from the following:
BIO 229 Microbiology

BIO 312 Animal Physiology
BIO 360 Cellular Biology
BIO 370 Developmental Biology


CHM 120 Chemistry

CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 320 Analytical Chemistry

BCH 431 Biochemistry I
BCH 432 Biochemistry II


PHY 120 General Physics I

PHY 121 General Physics II
PHY 130 Principles of Physics I

PHY 131 Principles of Physics II


MAT 111 Calculus I

MAT 112 Calculus II
MAT 109 Pre calculus Mathematics

MAT 110 Applied Calculus


ENG 140 Composition: Writing about Selected Topics

ENG 170 Writing about Literature
ENG 300 Expository Writing

First-year students should meet with the chief advisor or coordinator of the health professions program as soon as possible to plan their pre-professional curriculum.

HPA 150 Careers in Health Sciences: Explores various careers in the health sciences including human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and other related fields. Provides students with information about the scope of disciplines through lectures, student research, and guest speakers from the medical fields. Requirements for successful application to programs and specific issues in medicine are discussed.

HPA 175F International Medical Service-Learning Field Experience: Through this international healthcare experience, students will explore how global citizenship, responsible leadership, and healthcare advocacy are related through clinical practice, theory, and reflection on being a healthcare professional. Course fee required. Prerequisites: application process, completion of HPA 150, and instructor's consent.

HPA 397 Health Sciences Internship: Students interested in health-related careers should gain practical experience through summer or volunteer work. With HPA support, juniors may plan academic internships with working practitioners for credit.