Students may pursue courses at Fort Lewis College that lead to a variety of health careers. Most medically related professions require either an undergraduate degree with specific prerequisite courses, or general prerequisite courses and transfer to a more vocational type of program (i.e., radiology technician).
The most popular pre-professional programs at Fort Lewis College are programs leading to medicine, nursing, physician assistant, osteopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine, but advising and academic planning are also available for programs in other allied health fields.
Specific pre-professional course requirements vary depending upon the health field chosen. All professional schools, however, prefer those students who have had a broad undergraduate education, have a solid foundation in the natural and social sciences, possess well-developed communication skills, and have had some experience (either volunteer or paid) in a health-related profession.
For information about the prerequisite coursework required for health-related professions most commonly pursued, see our pre-health webpage. This website also lists faculty who serve as pre-health professional advisors for students seeking health-related careers.
Public Health Careers
From Ebola to influenza, childhood obesity to diabetes, domestic violence to substance abuse, environmental contamination to climate change, public health issues remain at the forefront of our everyday life. Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical and mental health through organized community and population based interventions. Traditionally taught as a graduate level discipline, the Institute of Medicine recommended in 2003 that core public health instruction be integrated into all US undergraduate curriculum. The goal of the Public Health Program at Fort Lewis College is to provide a solid foundation for a cadre of graduates to pursue careers in health related fields and ensure an understanding of key public health concepts for a more educated citizenry. Visit the Public Health Program website for more information.
Other Health-Related Professions
Please contact a member of the Pre-Health Advisory Committee for prerequisite and other requirements for other health-related professions.
Pre-Health Advisory Committee
Fort Lewis College has a group of faculty who are dedicated to guiding and counseling all students in pre-health preparatory programs. In addition to advising students in their preparatory programs, the committee assists students with application procedures and in preparing for professional school admission interviews. The committee will, upon student request, provide recommendation documents to professional schools in accordance with the student’s qualifications.
For more specific questions regarding program preparation for any of the health professions, please contact one of these pre-health faculty advisors.