Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Academic Planning Guide


Health Careers Preparation

At Wheaton, you will study with professors who will help you achieve a competitive edge in becoming a physician, veterinarian, dentist, optometrist, nurse, physician's assistant, medical researcher and other health-related careers. You will have an opportunity to intern at top-rated hospitals, conduct sophisticated scientific research with your professors, and discover other opportunities that complement your commitment to medicine. In addition, you will receive personal guidance on applying to professional schools in the health professions, as well as access to Wheaton's network of committed graduates who are engaged in meaningful health-related careers.

Keep in mind that students can major in any discipline while completing the required health career coursework.

Professional schools expect you to have the technical know-how you will gain in Wheaton's science courses, but they also want you to think critically, write clearly, and analyze carefully. By focusing on the natural sciences while also exploring the broad spectrum of liberal arts at Wheaton, you will learn those skills. Experienced faculty and administrators serve on the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC).

Your first contact for advice on pre-health career preparation should be Dean Alex Trayford in the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services.

Required Courses for the first year:
If you are interested in any of the health professions, please be sure to attend Dean Trayford's session on health professions during the CORE sessions in June and August.  He will outline all the requirements for each specific health career and discuss courses for the first semester. Though each of the health professions have very specific course pre-requisites, there are two first-year courses that the majority of them require.  They are:
Biology 112 Cells and Genes (offered fall and spring semesters)
Chemistry 153 Chemical Principles (offered fall semester only)

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