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Candice Eisenhauer

Director of Health Professions

On Faculty since 2015
630.752.5393
Meyer Science Center 104

health.professions@wheaton.edu

CANDICE EISENHAUER sees a fair amount of students in her office. As director of health professions, she helps navigate the intricate processes of prerequisites and professional school applications for hundreds of undergraduates preparing for careers in healthcare. Her conversations with students allow them to see the process clearly and take next steps. She hopes, by the time they graduate, “they’re not so focused on the way they think it has to be or comparing themselves to their fellow students in terms of timing.” Candice plans to build more community and alumni partnerships to aid students in exploring the many options in healthcare—not just medicine and nursing—and foster awareness of global health issues. Ultimately, her goal is to walk alongside students through the process of exploring, choosing and applying to a graduate health profession program. She does this by listening, celebrating successes, sitting with disappointments and providing counsel and helpful information. When students say they feel better after a conversation, Candice says that is “incredibly rewarding.” “When you live with the ‘maybe’ or ‘not now’ from God, you learn to trust the Lord and his character in new ways that you wouldn’t have otherwise,” Candice says.

University of Delaware
M.Ed., Higher Education Administration and Counseling, 2004

University of Delaware
B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Resources, 2002

  • Student Counseling
  • Academic Advising
  • Career Counseling
  • Health Professions Admissions
  • National Association of Advisors for Health Professions (NAAHP)

Collaborations between Health Professions Advisors and Admissions Representatives in Illinois, The Advisor, 2014
Illinois has a long standing tradition of bringing together pre-health advisors, admissions representatives, and pre-medical students to discuss what it means to be a competitive applicant and share deeper insights to the process of applying to medical school. In 2014, an event was held that expanded the opportunity to represent not only medical school, but all health professions. The Illinois events have strengthened partnerships between pre-health advisors and admissions representatives. This article discusses the history of Illinois programming, with a focus on the 2014 event, and provides recommendations to those interested in creating similar events.

Professionalism Takes Time: Strategies for Engaging Students, The Advisor, 2010
The article shares many of the suggestions and practices discussed during a session the NAAHP 2010 meeting in Atlanta to encourage professionalism among our students. I believe there are many opportunities to encourage growth in maturity and professional practices, from the time students walk onto campus to the day they leave, as I offer advice, critique and encourage them as they pursue their goals. It is our obligation to engage students in the “teachable moments” that exist in variety of interactions we have with them.

Candice Eisenhauer is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) and serves on the Communications committee for the association. Right now, she is working on the executive planning committee for the regional meeting for advisors in March 2019. For several years, she has co-coordinated Illinois Pre-Health Day, an event that brings together students, advisors and deans and directors of health profession schools in the state.

In addition to working with students she enjoys catching up with friends over coffee, discovering unique ice cream shops around the country, camping, and visiting her nieces and nephews. She is active in her church, spending a significant amount of time in high school youth ministry.