Pre-Professional Health at George Fox University
George Fox University is committed to the training of health professionals by offering an excellent education that is both caring and academically rigorous. Students who wish to pursue a career in the health professions usually major in Biology or Chemistry. Our majors may simultaneously satisfy the prerequisites for the following programs as well as a biology or chemistry degree.
- Pre-Physical Therapy
The Department of Biology and Chemistry offers opportunities for undergraduate research and clinical job shadowing, both of which are helpful for those desiring to pursue a career in the health professions. Many of our students have been involved in research both here at George Fox University and at the Oregon Health Sciences University.
Every pre-professional health student has access to personal advising by science faculty, pre-professional health advisors and the pre-professional health committee. George Fox University offers all of the science and mathematics courses required by the various professional schools. Our admission rates are well above the national average. However, understand that there are no guarantees for admission to a health profession school. It takes intelligence, hard work, and perseverance.
One of the best indicators of the strength of a program is the success of the program’s graduates. Our graduates have been admitted to professional health programs at a number of schools, including the following:
- Loma Linda Medical School
- Oregon Health Science University
- Washington University Medical School
- University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
- University of Southern California
- Oregon State University
- University of Kansas
- University of Washington
- Creighton University
- University of Iowa
- Michigan State University
- University of Vermont Medical School
- Vanderbilt University
- University of Colorado
- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Medical School of Wisconsin
- Wasthington State University
- Pacific University
Advising - For further information contact:
Pre-professional health advisers:
Since admission to health profession schools is highly competitive it is essential that you become informed and obtain advising from the science faculty. Besides the two pre-professional health advisors, any of the biology or chemistry faculty are knowledgeable, available, and willing to help students. Faculty can assist you as you plan your college curriculum. They can also aid you with your application and admission requirements: such as course requirements, MCAT tests, mock interviews, research, and internships.
The Department of Biology and Chemistry offers seminars and sessions with practicing health professionals. It is imperative that you attend these information sessions.
Students should be aware that in addition to meeting the minimal entrance requirements into medical or dental school, good grades (3.5 or above) and a strong performance on the national admissions tests (MCAT, DAT, or GRE) are essential. Also necessary for admission are letters of recommendation and an interview with the professional school's admissions committee. It is also very beneficial to have clinical and/or research experience.
Further information summarizing the resources available at GFU and the process for applying and being accepted into a health profession school can be found by following links for the the appropriate pre-professional health field above.
A very helpful book for all pre-professional health professions is:
Medical Professions Admission Guide, Strategy for Success, published by the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. This book is available for check out from the science building office or can be purchased. It can be purchased at at http://www.naahp.org/publications.htm
Another helpful website is http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/home.