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Health Professions

Why Pursue Health Professions?

Healthcare practitioners are needed in the United States and throughout the world to address the needs of those suffering from illness and disease and promote health and wellness to all individuals. The Health Professions Program provides personalized advising and support services, encouraging students to be intentional and strategic toward the pursuit of a career in the health professions. Such practices help aid the development of character traits and demonstrate the compassionate heart of Christ to others enabling students to become leaders within healthcare fields, building the church and benefitting society worldwide. Ultimately, we aim to enhance your overall development and future success in a healthcare career.

credits available through a health professions seminar / internship course
internship opportunities
acceptance rate to medical and dental schools

Why Pursue Health Professions at Wheaton?

The Health Professions office provides an array of support services and opportunities to enhance and facilitate the students' formation of a pathway to the health profession of their choosing. You’ll get one-on-one advising, small group workshops, and events aimed to help you explore and understand our healthcare environment. We also host a mock interview evening with local alumni physicians to help you hone your interviewing skills. When it comes time to apply to health professions schools, we’ll be there to help.

  • We regularly bring in Wheaton alumni from the healthcare fields to share their experience, and resources are provided to help student find volunteer opportunities in the community.
  • Our health professions club connects you with ways to exercise practical service, serve in the health professions, and prepare for professional school.
  • Candice Eisenhauer, M.Ed., Director, Health Professions, is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) and serves on the Communications Committee for the association. She coordinates Illinois Pre-Health Day, an event that brings together students, advisors and deans and directors of health profession schools in the state.

All work is worship. We help you reflect on how you can incorporate your faith with your health profession of choice and how your faith will guide your future practice.

You’ll be encouraged to develop character traits that will allow you to demonstrate the compassionate heart of Christ to others and become a leader within your chosen health profession.

On our Spring Break Trip to Baltimore and Washington DC you’ll learn from leaders in healthcare about the subjects of health disparities and urban medicine. Students also visit the National Institute of Health and speak with alumni who currently pursue various research endeavors.

  • Visits to and from health professional schools and admissions representatives
  • Observational experiences with local healthcare practitioners
  • Notification of national summer research and volunteer opportunities
  • Mock Interview evening with local alumni physicians
  • Finals Week Reading Day Ice Cream Social

What Will I Learn?

Students can declare a specific goal based on the intended future profession (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical Therapy, etc.). Advising is centered upon the declared interest.

You will be guided to take specific prerequisite courses at Wheaton, in concert with your general education and major requirements. Resources and support are targeted to you within each particular professional interest area.

The Health Professions program offers an opportunity for students to discuss current topics within the healthcare field and interact with healthcare professionals, hearing first-hand stories of the challenges and joys of serving others in a variety of healthcare careers. Two courses are taught during the year providing unique experiences for students to engage, explore and personally reflect upon various issues within the healthcare environment.

Students interested in the field of nursing can opt to complete the Liberal-Arts Nursing major at Wheaton. The LA-N major calls for you to complete three years of general education and prerequisite course study at Wheaton, followed by one or two years in a nursing program.

Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.

Careers in the Health Professions

With self-assessment and reflection, graduates consider whether they are well-suited for a health profession related to diagnosing and treating; an associated field; a rehabilitating profession; an administrative field; or an affiliated field independent but related to health care.

Among students who have studied at Wheaton College, the overall acceptance rate to medical and dental schools, including first and subsequent attempts, was about 75 percent from 1993 to 2014.

For the most recent cycle of program participants who shared their application status:

  • 100 percent applying to dental schools were accepted.
  • 71 percent of those applying to medical and dental schools were accepted.
  • 81 percent of those who applied with a 3.4 cumulative GPA or higher and a 28 or 504 MCAT score or higher received acceptance to at least one medical school.

*Numbers represent Wheaton students who complete a Wheaton degree and release their application information to the institution.

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Rush Medical College
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Missouri
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wright State University
  • Boston University School of Public Health
  • Belmont University School of Physical Therapy
  • Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Duke University, Physician Assistant Program
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Saint Louis University Doisy College of Health Sciences
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
The Health Professions Office is such a wonderful resource on campus. I have been so blessed by the advising I received as I prepared for nursing school. — Emma Gingrich '16, Student, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
The Health Professions Office has been absolutely invaluable to my pursuit of, application to, and matriculation into medical school. From collecting and compiling recommendation letters, to offering strategic interview and application advice, to putting me into contact with Wheaton alumni at several medical schools, [Wheaton faculty] have been incredibly helpful throughout this process. — Topher McCauley '16, Student, University of North Carolina School of Medicine Raleigh, North Carolina
I had the opportunity to live and work in Quito, Ecuador, and . . . was able to shadow and assist as an intern in two different medical settings. The healthcare professionals demonstrated to me what a profession of Christlike care ought to look like and confirmed for me that I feel called into healthcare. — Molly Reeves '16, Recipient of the Global Health Internship Scholarship