The Health Professions Program is designed to help students begin a career or enter graduate school in one of the health professions by preparing them to earn good grades and strong scores on graduate school admissions tests and interviews.
Health Professions advising begins in your first year on campus, with career advice and counseling on applying to graduate school. One-on-one mentoring provides students with the guidance they need to navigate their future.
In addition to earning a degree in the natural sciences, pschology or Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, students in the Health Professions Program are required to take a new course, “Social, Economic and Ethical Issues in the Health Professions,” developed to provide a global perspective on the health care industry.
To prepare for rigorous graduate school entrance exams, students work with Kaplan Test Prep, which offers Assumption students discounted courses for several graduate school tests. In-person tutelage on test-taking strategy is mixed with content review and intensive drilling to ensure strong results. Preparatory courses are offered for the MCAT and GRE.
Though new, the Health Professions Advising Program builds on the tradition of success Assumption has already established for placing students in graduate schools in health-related fields. Eighty-five percent of Assumption students who applied to medical school over the last several years were accepted, and many others have been accepted into other types of health professions programs (e.g., dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, etc.).
Health Professions Program Requirements
Complete the required coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better overall and a GPA of 3.0 or better in the major.
Successfully finish a major in Biology; Biology with a Concentration in Neuroscience and Behavior; Biotechnology and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Psychology; Psychology with a Concentration in Brain, Cognition and Behavior; or Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies,
Successfully complete “Social, Economic and Ethical Issues in the Health Professions” course.
Submit a statement indicating that the prerequisite courses required for admission to a particular health professions graduate program were successfully completed.
To demonstrate that the listed courses meet the prerequisites required for admission, the student must also submit at least one list of the prerequisite courses required for a specific health-related graduate program that he or she intends to apply to. Please note that the list of courses will vary depending on the graduate program of study the student wants to pursue.
Present evidence from Kaplan that he or she successfully completed a Kaplan Test Preparation Course (e.g., MCAT, DAT, OAT, VCAT, PCAT, GRE, etc.). Again, the exact course that the student completes will vary depending on the graduate program the individual hopes to enter.
Present evidence that he or she took a graduate admissions test (e.g., MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.) and scored in the top 50% of those taking the test in that year.