Health Professions Minor
Westminster College’s minor in Health Professions serves as the basis for students interested in careers in such fields as dentistry, allopathic and osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy as well as other health professions.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to create about 28 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy over the next decade. This industry is expected to grow by 33 percent, or 5.7 million new jobs. Employment growth will be driven by an aging population and longer life expectancies, as well as new treatments and technologies.
Planning for Graduate School
Students who plan to apply for admission to graduate school or graduate professional school (dental, medical, osteopathic, veterinary medicine, or other health professions) have access to career counseling, academic advising and pre-professional experiences. Requirements for entry into graduate professional schools generally require a year of general chemistry, a year of organic chemistry, a year of physics, and a semester each of calculus and statistics.
Although most Westminster students preparing for a career in the medical professions major in a natural science, Westminster graduates entering professional schools in recent years include students whose majors were English and history.
Medical, osteopathic, and dental schools usually do not stipulate a specific undergraduate major as a prerequisite for admission but expect a solid background in science such as would be obtained by taking 8 hours in general biology, general physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry.
Professional schools typically base their admission decisions on the applicant's level of academic achievement, scores on the appropriate admission test, results of personal interviews, recommendations by the applicant's undergraduate professors, and extracurricular activities.