Professional Advising

Pre-Physical Therapy Advising

Physical therapy is an integral and unique component of health care. As a health profession, physical therapy focuses on the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems of the human body as these systems relate to human motion and function. The physical therapist must be dedicated to promoting health, preventing disease, and rehabilitating people disabled by injury or disease. For more information please look at the Pre-Physical Therapy Advising page.

Pre-Nursing Advising

A nursing career involves helping others with their health in a large variety of settings.  To work as a nurse a Registered Nursing (RN) licensure is required.  The RN can be obtained while earning a two-year associates degree, a baccalaureate’s degree (BSN), or a master’s degree  (MS).   If you are currently in an undergraduate program that does not have a nursing program to attain the BSN, you may consider transferring to a university where you could complete the BSN as an undergraduate.  If you choose to complete an undergraduate degree at a university without a nursing program then you would need to complete a second bachelor’s degree in nursing, OR complete a master’s degree with the RN. For more information please look at the Pre- Nursing Advising page.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising

As defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people regain, develop, and build skills that are important for independent functioning, health, well-being, security, and happiness. Occupational therapy practitioners work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, or developmental or psychological impairment, need specialized assistance in learning skills to enable them to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. For more information please look at the Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising page.

Pre-Physician Assistant Advising

A Physician Assistant is a health care professional who provides patient services ranging from taking medical histories and doing physical examinations to performing minor surgical procedures. Physician assistants work under the supervision of a physician, who can be on or off site. PAs receive two years of postgraduate training and pass a national certifying exam. They are licensed by the states. Many health care analysts believe that physician's assistants, who typically deliver quality routine health care less expensively than doctors, could be an important part of the American health care system, as they are in Canada and some European countries. For more information please look at the Pre-Physician Assistant Advising page. 

Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dentist, and Pre-Pharmacy Advising
Students preparing for a medical career often have questions about the best strategy to meet those goals. The Health Professions Advisor can assist.