For students who are planning to pursue a career as a physician assistant, pharmacist or allied healthcare professional, Albion College’s Pre-Health program will provide the solid foundation of knowledge and experience they will need for professional school.
The pre-health track is similar to the pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-dental and pre-physical therapy tracks. Students will select a major, and through the Wilson Medical Institute, pursue the coursework, service, clinical experience and research they will need to take their next steps. While many pre-health students choose majors in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, the program complements a wide range of majors, from art, communication studies and music to philosophy, ethnic studies and sociology.
Students will develop a broad foundation in biology, chemistry, kinesiology and physics, taking classes in genetics, anatomy, biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. They will participate in professional and cohort experiences that help them work effectively in a team and with patients.
Through Albion College’s broad liberal arts foundation, students will build a strong degree of cultural competence, developing skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication and inquiry and reasoning. They will learn by doing, gaining hands-on experience through clinical placements, internships, volunteering, community engagement and research.
Top jobs for a Pre-Physician's Assistant degree
With a physician assistant degree, you may explore a range of professional choices. After a few years of working as a PA, you may discover that another specialty of medicine is more suited to your abilities and interests. This might be in a more or less difficult job. It's also feasible that you'll have difficulty finding work in certain places. Having multiple viable job routes can enable you to be more employable in the short and long term.
A medical assistant assists chiropractors, optometrists, podiatrists, general doctors, and other health professionals with basic and regular clinical and administrative work.
A pharmacy assistant assists pharmacists with numerous administrative chores such as answering phones, accepting payments, and stocking shelves.
A nurse practitioner is comparable to a physician assistant, however they specialize on the nursing side of treatment rather than the physician side.
EMT: An emergency medical technician is someone who works in life-threatening medical circumstances. These medical practitioners must be able to work under tremendous stress and with a continual feeling of urgency.
Since its founding in 1835, Albion College has grown and expanded its vision of a liberal arts education grounded in purpose, passion and academic excellence. Albion College is nationally recognized for its academic excellence in the liberal arts tradition, a learning-centered commitment, and a future-oriented perspective.
Albion College is committed to liberal education in the arts and sciences. It is the College's belief that such an education empowers individuals to live lives of constructive purpose and accomplishment, enriched by the confidence and pleasure that comes from thinking logically, imaginatively and humanely. In light of this vision, Albion College seeks to create and maintain, in a residential setting, a supportive, intellectually stimulating community which exhibits and prizes curiosity, creativity, dissent and diversity.
Teaching and learning are central to the mission of Albion College. This means that while the faculty are productive in scholarly and creative endeavors, their primary commitment is to teaching–specifically, to fostering the intellectual engagement and growth of students. The primary responsibility of students at Albion College is to develop mastery in the methods by which knowledge is acquired, critically evaluated, and appropriately applied. The college believes such an emphasis prepares students for a lifetime of learning and a multiplicity of possible careers by developing their broad reasoning, writing and speaking abilities. While the classroom is at the heart of the school’s educational mission, Albion College believes that the entire College community should share in the learning experiences found in the school’s residential setting and through involvement in out-of-classroom opportunities and experiences, including those in the City of Albion.