As you may be aware, W&J has a history of excellence in the sciences and is ranked third in the country (per capita) for producing future physicians and medical researchers. Our students experience remarkable success in their applications to graduate and professional fields in this area. One reason for this success is the extraordinary opportunity for challenging study and individual research at W&J. If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, W&J will provide you guidance from your first day on campus. Should you later decide that you want to pursue a different career, that is fine, too. At W&J, you get personalized guidance for a medical career, but you are not confined to that choice.
Students preparing for admission to graduate schools in the health professions may elect to major in any discipline. If you wish to be recommended to professional schools by the Committee on Health Professions, you should register with the Committee on Health Professions as early as possible, and maintain that registration during your undergraduate career. The committee provides recommendations for applicants to health-professional schools in the fields of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, podiatric medicine, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies.
To secure a recommendation from the committee, in addition to the requirements of a major, a student must successfully complete 10 to 13 courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, English, psychology or sociology as designated for their chosen career goals. Visit the Pre-Health Program page for more information.
The College has agreements regarding admission of qualified students to the Temple University School of Medicine; the Drexel University School of Physical Therapy; the Chatham University School of Physical Therapy; the Pennsylvania College of Optometry; the Saint Francis University Department of Physician Assistant Sciences; and the Chatham University Program of Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Students who begin as freshmen at W&J also are eligible for the Early Assurance Program for admission to Temple University School of Medicine.
The Pre-Health Program web page provides more information on preparing yourself for a successful career in the health professions at W&J. At W&J, you will also have access to many of our successful alumni in the medical field who can assist you in your career path through mentoring and internships.