Health Professions Program

Students interested in a career in the health professions become part of a careful mentoring and advising process beginning in the first year (or whenever they decide to pursue a health professions career). The advisor of the Health Professions Program, Geoffrey Church Ph.D., located in Bannow 207:

  • Guides each student in the selection of an appropriate course of study for a wide variety of careers in the health professions
  • Reviews the academic standards applied by the various medical/professional schools, and the specific tests required by these schools
  • Helps students to identify internships, research, and volunteer opportunities
  • Discusses a range of other important issues related to the world of the health professions
  • Organizes program meetings where health care workers or professional school admissions officers present information

You'll receive specific advice on how to best prepare yourself to become a strong applicant for admission to a health professions school. Each semester, in addition to regular program meetings with all other pre-health students, you'll meet one-on-one with the program advisor. Those strategy sessions will help you determine how to best to plan and carry out all of the components of building your application packet for graduate programs. The health professions advisor also works with the Office of Career Planning to offer general and specific advice, to anyone on campus, concerning the many professional opportunities in the health sciences including:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Veterinary science
  • Osteopathy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • and many Allied Health Professions

In addition to the necessary science courses, internships and research opportunities, Fairfield also provides you with a strong background in the liberal arts that emphasizes the ethical and human side of medicine, through appropriate courses in the social sciences and humanities. This helps students to build a broad perspective on healthcare and its associated issues, such as patient's rights, health care policy and legislation, ethics, etc. All of this serves to make Fairfield applicants stand out during the very competitive admissions process.

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