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.

To establish baseline knowledge about the health care industry, in their freshman and sophomore years students typically take introductory courses on areas of interest such as:

  • Communication Disorders
  • Critical Health Issues
  • Foundations of Public Health/Health Promotion
  • Health Information Technology
  • Management
  • Medical Terminology
  • Occupational Science
  • Profession and Practice of Physical Therapy
  • Sport Management/Media
  • Therapeutic Recreation

Students also begin natural science course sequencing on topics such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 

Psychology, sociology, and statistics classes are also common in the freshman and sophomore years. This health sciences-related coursework is supplemented by the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC), which encourages students to demonstrate basic mathematics and writing competency as well as to explore a "theme" of interest from multiple perspectives with courses from across the College.


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