Student Testimonials

Hear from previous HSHP Preprofessional Program students how the program helped them decide upon their pathway,

Entering Ithaca College as a Preprofessional I knew I wanted to help people and be involved in health care, but was really unsure about the specific major and career path I wanted to pursue. Now being a sophomore, I feel comfortable and confident with the decision I made identifying a course of study. The Preprofessional Program at Ithaca College introduced a wide variety of majors and careers that I previously never even knew existed. I received the necessary knowledge to make the best career decision for me. This was made possible by the resources and connections provided through professors in the program and guest speakers with professional experience. I never expected to make the decision of being a healthcare management major at Ithaca, but after learning more about numerous careers and more about myself during my first year, I am completely satisfied with my decision. I owe this fulfillment to Ithaca College’s Preprofessional Program.

Greg Lee, Public & Community Health '19

One of my biggest challenges was deciding what to study right out of high school. The main benefit of the Preprofessional Program at IC was having time to decide what to pursue.  I was able to take courses in many different fields of study to narrow down my interests. I also had an incredible team of advisers behind me helping me pave the way to my future here at IC. I eventually found that I excelled at advanced sciences, and decided to pursue Health Sciences with a Premed emphasis. Without the Preprofessional Program, I may have been stuck in a major I wasn't passionate about.

Margaret Carey, Health Science: Premedical Emphasis '19

Being a student in the Preprofessional Program has allowed me to explore so many health-related professions that interest my greatly. Being a person who doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do in the health science world yet, this program was truly a great fit for me. Through the numerous speakers who came in to share with us on their profession, I was encouraged and motivated to research many new professions that I hadn’t previously considered. Ithaca College’s Preprofessional Program has been a great path for me so far, and I’m excited to see where it’ll take me as I come closer to discovering the career that I want to pursue.

Mary Stephenson, Integrated Marketing Communications ‘19

At age 18 it's difficult to choose a path of study and profession to pursue. Ithaca College was the one school that gave me the option and resources to find the right profession for me. My first semester at Ithaca College we had an opportunity to take a class that explained different health professions and had actual health professionals come in. It's a great feeling knowing you're right where you're supposed to be, and for me that's getting a great education and fulfilling my dream in becoming an Occupational Therapist through Ithaca College.

Vito Boffoli, Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy '15

The Preprofessional Program gave me the freedom to explore what really interested me, while keeping me on track for my final goal of going to medical school. After just one semester, I decided on Health Science with a Pre-Medical Emphasis, which matched up with requirements for medical school, but also included a variety of classes where I learned about health directly.

Nicolette Alberti, Health Science: Premedical Emphasis '15


Catherine Gooch
Coordinator HSHP Preprofessional Program
G49 Hill Center
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 274-3087