At Wheaton, you will study with professors who will help you achieve a competitive edge in becoming a physician, veterinarian, dentist, optometrist, nurse, physician 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 Steven Viveiros in the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services; call 508-286-8215 to schedule an advising appointment with Dean Viveiros.
Required Courses for the first year
If you are interested in any of the health professions, plan to attend the “Health Careers Forum” session at Orientation. At these Orientation sessions, we will outline all the requirements for each specific health career and discuss courses for the first semester. Although each of the health professions has specific course pre-requisites, the majority of them require these two first-year courses:
- Chemistry 153 – Chemical Principles (offered fall semester only)
- Biology 112 – Cells and Genes (offered fall and spring semesters)