Health Professions

Preparation for Health Professions

www.whitworth.edu/healthprofessions

Whitworth has a long history of preparing students for careers and graduate programs in the health professions, such as athletic training, chiropractic, dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. Recent graduates have been accepted into professional schools at the following institutions:

Albert Einstein College of MedicineSaint Louis University
A.T. Still UniversitySan Jose University
Bastyr UniversityStanford University
Central Washington UniversityTouro University
Cornell UniversityUniversity of Arizona
Creighton UniversityUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland
Des Moines UniversityUniversity of Hawaii
Eastern Washington UniversityUniversity of Indiana
Hastings CollegeUniversity of Indianapolis
Idaho State UniversityUniversity of Kentucky
Indiana UniversityUniversity Nevada, Las Vegas
Iowa State UniversityUniversity of Oregon
Jefferson UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Loma Linda UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
Mayo School of Health SciencesUniversity of Southern California
Mayo Graduate School of MedicineUniversity of Utah
Michigan State UniversityUniversity of Virginia
Midwestern UniversityUniversity of Washington
Oregon Health and Science UniversityUtah State University
Palmer College of ChiropracticVirginia-Maryland Regional
Pacific Northwest UniversityWashington State University
Rosalind Franklin UniversityWestern University of Health Sciences

Choosing to pursue a career or graduate program in the health and wellness arena connects itself beautifully to the mission of Whitworth University: equipping graduates to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. Whitworth’s rigorous liberal arts education gives students a broad knowledge base and a set of analytical, critical-thinking, and communication skills that enable them to thrive in graduate school and in their chosen careers. During his or her time at Whitworth, each student is encouraged to explore new areas of interest and to choose a major that focuses on an area that s/he finds most exciting. Most health-related graduate programs accept students from all majors and disciplines, as long as they have taken the required prerequisite courses. Therefore, all students preparing for careers in the health professions are encouraged to work closely with an advisor in their chosen major and with the health professions advisor (listed below each program’s title) to develop a curriculum that prepares them to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Dental Admission Test (DAT), or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and/or to apply to the graduate school of their choice.

Specific prerequisites for programs may differ; it is the student’s responsibility to check the prerequisites for the institution to which s/he wishes to apply. The following are some examples of health professions and the suggested courses for entrance into these graduate programs.

Pre-Chiropractic

Advisor: Mike Ediger

Chiropractic schools vary widely in their prerequisites. Check with your advisor and the D.C. school in which you are interested for more specific courses required. Also, meet with your advisor regularly to develop an academic plan that meets your interests and goals.

Pre-Dentistry

Advisors: Karen Stevens, Mike Sardinia, Deanna Ojennus

The following courses are usually required for pre-dentistry students:

BI 140
140L
General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution
and General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution Lab
4
BI 141
141L
General Biology II:Organismal Diversity
and General Biology II:Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BI 370Bacterial Pathogenesis (plus lab)4
or BI 447 Microbial Physiology
CH 161
161L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 181
181L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 271
271L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 278
278L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 401Biochemistry I3
or BI 311 General Biochemistry
PS 151General Physics I3
PS 153General Physics II3
One year of college English6

Pre-Medicine

Advisors: Karen Stevens, Mike Sardinia, Deanna Ojennus

The following courses are usually required for pre-medicine students:

BI 140
140L
General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution
and General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution Lab
4
BI 141
141L
General Biology II:Organismal Diversity
and General Biology II:Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BI 363
363L
Genetics
and Lab: Genetics
4
or BI 399 Molecular Genetics
CH 161
161L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 181
181L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 271
271L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 278
278L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
One of the following set of courses:7
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
and Biochemistry II
Or
General Biochemistry
and Cell Physiology
MA 171Calculus I4
MA 172Calculus II4
PS 151General Physics I3
PS 153General Physics II3
PY 101Introductory Psychology3
SO 120Introduction to Sociology3
One year of college English6
Other courses strongly suggested:
BI 323Animal Physiology (plus lab)4
BI 350Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (plus lab)4
BI 354Developmental Biology (plus lab)4
PH 221Ethics3

Pre-Med Tech

Advisor: Deanna Ojennus

Note: Medical technology schools vary widely in their prerequisites. Check with your advisor and the med-tech school in which you are interested for more specific courses required.

The courses shown here are required by the PSHMC MLS program.

BI 140
140L
General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution
and General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution Lab
4
BI 141
141L
General Biology II:Organismal Diversity
and General Biology II:Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BI 370Bacterial Pathogenesis (plus lab)4
BI 448
448L
Environmental Microbiology
and Lab: Environmental Microbiology
4
CH 161
161L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 181
181L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 271
271L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 278
278L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 401
401L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
4
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
Immunology*
Other recommended courses:
BI 308Biology of HIV/AIDS3
BI 346Field Parasitology3
BI 354
354L
Developmental Biology
and Lab: Developmental Biology
4
BI 363
363L
Genetics
and Lab: Genetics
4
BI 399
399L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
4
BI 412Cell Physiology3
BI 447
447L
Microbial Physiology
and Lab: Microbial Physiology
4
CH 335
335L
Analytical Chemistry
and Analytical Chemistry Lab
4
CH 336
336L
Spectroscopic Analysis
and Spectroscopic Analysis Lab
4
CH 403Biochemistry II3
HS 185Medical & Anat. Terminology2
HS 220
220L
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Lab: Anatomy and Physiology I
4
HS 221
221L
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Lab: Anatomy and Physiology II
4
HS 410Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Prevention3
* Immunology is not offered at Whitworth and must be completed at another institution or online. See your advisor for a list of possible online courses.

Pre-Pharmacy

Advisors: Karen Stevens, Deanna Ojennus

Note: Pharmacy schools vary widely in their prerequisites. Check with your advisor and the pharmacy school in which you are interested for more specific courses required.

The following set of courses is recommended for all pre-pharmacy students:

BI 140
140L
General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution
and General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution Lab
4
BI 141
141L
General Biology II:Organismal Diversity
and General Biology II:Organismal Diversity Lab
4
CH 161
161L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 181
181L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 271
271L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 278
278L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 401
401L
CH 403
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
and Biochemistry II
7
EC 210Principles of Microeconomics3
MA 171Calculus I4
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
SP 210Introduction to Public Speaking3
One year of college English6
One of the following:4
Medical Microbiology ( plus lab)
Bacterial Pathogenesis (plus lab)
Microbial Physiology (plus lab)

Pre-Physical Therapy

Advisor: Mike Ediger

The prerequisite courses for professional physical therapy programs vary by institution. The list of courses below is based on the requirements for the more rigorous programs that Whitworth students consider. Check with your advisor and the PT schools in which you are interested for more specific course requirements. Also, meet with your advisor regularly to develop an academic plan that meets your interests and goals. 

BI 140
140L
General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution
and General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution Lab
4
BI 141
141L
General Biology II:Organismal Diversity
and General Biology II:Organismal Diversity Lab
4
CH 161
161L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 181
181L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
HS 220
220L
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Lab: Anatomy and Physiology I
4
HS 221
221L
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Lab: Anatomy and Physiology II
4
HS 320Structural and Mechanical Kinesiology4
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
PS 151General Physics I3
PS 153General Physics II3
Note: General physics courses at Whitworth are calculus based. Please see your advisor if you have questions about this.
PY 101Introductory Psychology3
PY 358Psychopathology3
SO 120Introduction to Sociology3
One year of college-level writing6
Upper-division courses in biology, such as Genetics, Animal Physiology, or Developmental Biology

Pre-Physician Assistant

Advisor: Mike Ediger

The prerequisite courses for professional physician assistant programs vary by institution. The list of courses below is based on the requirements for the more rigorous programs that Whitworth students consider. Check with your advisor and the PA schools in which you are interested for more specific course requirements. Also, meet with your advisor regularly to develop an academic plan that meets your interests and goals.

BI 140
140L
General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution
and General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution Lab
4
BI 141
141L
General Biology II:Organismal Diversity
and General Biology II:Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BI 204Medical Microbiology (plus lab)4
CH 161
161L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 181
181L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
HS 220
220L
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Lab: Anatomy and Physiology I
4
HS 221
221L
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Lab: Anatomy and Physiology II
4
HS 326
326L
Exercise Physiology
and Exercise Physiology Lab
4
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
PY 101Introductory Psychology3
Other courses that are recommended may include:
BI 311General Biochemistry3
BI 323
323L
Animal Physiology
and Lab: Animal Physiology
4
or BI 350 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
& BI 350L
BI 363
363L
Genetics
and Lab: Genetics
4
or BI 399 Molecular Genetics
& BI 399L
CH 271
271L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
HS 410Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Prevention3
PY 210Developmental Psychology3
One year of college-level writing6

Pre-Veterinary

Advisors: Mike Sardinia

The following courses are usually required for pre-veterinary students:

BI 140
140L
General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution
and General Biology I: Genes, Cells and Evolution Lab
4
BI 141
141L
General Biology II:Organismal Diversity
and General Biology II:Organismal Diversity Lab
4
BI 323
323L
Animal Physiology
and Lab: Animal Physiology
4
BI 363
363L
Genetics
and Lab: Genetics
4
BI 350
350L
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
and Lab: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
4
BI 354
354L
Developmental Biology
and Lab: Developmental Biology
4
BI 370Bacterial Pathogenesis (plus lab)4
or BI 447 Microbial Physiology
CH 161
161L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 181
181L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 271
271L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CH 278
278L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
CH 401
401L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Lab
4
CH 403Biochemistry II3
or BI 311 General Biochemistry
MA 171Calculus I4
MA 172Calculus II4
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
PS 151General Physics I3
PS 153General Physics II3