Academics & Career Exploration
The Preprofessional Program removes the immediate stress of having to choose a major and allows students to expand upon their interests and explore different career paths in the health care field. Courses are carefully selected to ensure that Preprofessional students are prepared for entry into a variety of possible majors. Students may stay in the program for up to 60 credit hours (typically four semesters) before declaring a major, even though many will declare a major sooner.
Preprofessional students begin their freshman year with Foundations of Health Science and Careers to jump-start their academic success at Ithaca College and exploration of health care careers. They also commonly take introductory courses on critical health issues, health promotion, medical terminology, and health information technology to establish baseline knowledge about the health care industry. Students typically begin natural science course sequencing such as biology, chemistry, physics, and/or anatomy and physiology as well. Psychology and sociology classes in the freshman and sophomore years is also common. This health sciences-related coursework is supplemented by the Integrated Core Curriculum (ICC), which encourages students to study a topic from multiple perspectives by taking theme-related courses across the College.