Just like choosing a major, choosing a health profession can be a process. This process requires students to explore health careers and ask themselves key questions. Two significant questions to ask yourself are "Is a career in the health field right for me?" and " What specific role within the health care field is most suitable for myself?"
There are a number of health professions that people are familiar with. For example nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. There may be just as many health professions that you are not familiar with or have never heard of, e.g, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Community Health Educator, Audiologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. There are multiple things that you can do as a student to see which health care role may best suit you.
Health professionals have to attain a certain level of education and training in order to be certified to practice in their field. The level of education & training needed varies by occupation. Thus, understanding the level of education and training that you are willing to complete, may help you to decide which professions are desirable.
UW-La Crosse offers health programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, UW-L also offers Pre-professional health programs as a way for students to prepare for graduate/professional health programs both at UW-L and outside of UW-L.
Clinical Laboratory Science
Community Health Education
Nuclear Medicine Technology
School Health Education
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Community Health Education (MPH)
Community Health Education (MS)
Physician Assistant Studies
Pre Occupational Therapy
Pre-Physician Assistant Studies
Note: Pre-professional programs at UW-L are not academic programs that lead to a degree. They simply outline the academic requirements that you will typically need to apply to graduate level health programs. To earn your degree at UW-L, you will have to complete an undergraduate major in addition to your Pre-professional program.
A commonly asked question by students considering a graduate level health program is "Which major gives me the best chance at gaining entry into my program?" The truth is, there simply isn't a "right" answer to this question. Professional health programs typically do not advocate for any specific undergraduate major, so your goal as a student is to select a major that works best for you. It is common for students to opt for a biological based major, but high achieving students can enter professional programs from a variety of academic backgrounds. The key to answering this question is identifying an undergraduate major that you are passionate in learning about and can achieve academic success with.
When pursuing admission to most health programs, you may find that it can be quite competitive. Thus it will take a lot of effort on your part, to be a successful applicant. Admission to some programs may be based solely on academic performance, while other programs may use multiple factors for a more holistic approach. Here are some common admission factors. Please visit individual institutions for their specific selection criteria.
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