Careers in the health professions demand more than just achievement in the life sciences. Maturity, compassion, leadership, ethical practice, integrity, communication skills, and knowledge of health care policy are essential for the health-care professional. Since the health professions seek individuals with broad liberal arts and science education in conjunction with a rigorous major area of study in the natural sciences, arts, humanities, or social sciences, Whitman College does not offer “pre-med,” “pre-vet,” or any “pre-health” major. Although many students choose one of our life science majors — biology or biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology (BBMB) — more than one-third of our successful matriculants in medical or other health profession schools enter with majors beyond the life sciences, including Anthropology, Art, Chemistry, Classics, English, Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Japanese), Geology, History, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, and Theatre.
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Where do I start?
If you are interested in a career in the health professions, start by attending the health professions orientation meeting during the opening week of your first semester at Whitman. You’ll have a chance to sign up to the Health Professions email list in order to be kept informed about issues surrounding the health professions, events on campus, and information about internships and applications. Next, make an appointment with Kimberly Mueller, Director, Health Professions Advising, to discuss your career plans, courses and major, internships, health care experiences, and application timelines. Plan to meet with Kimberly each semester to assess your progress.
If you have already graduated from Whitman and need to take prerequisite courses since you are changing career paths or are looking to improve your academic record in the sciences, there are many post-baccalaureate programs available to assist students who already have earned a B.A. or B.S. degree.
Learn more at Post-baccalaureate Premedical Programs from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Health-related Student Groups on Campus
- Pre-Health Society
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
- SOS Volunteer Club