While many, many first-year students express a desire to attend medical / pharmacy / dental / veterinary school or other professional health program, not everyone will fulfill all the requirements for such programs:
Strong grades in pre-requisite coursework
Appropriate extra-curricular programs and experiences
Scoring well on admissions tests
Completing the arduous application process
Remember this is a rigorous and challenging journey. If a roadblock arises, early intervention can guide students to tutoring or alternate programs. Career Development Center
Happily, many students who thought medical school was their only future have found successful careers in nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health professions.
List of alternative careers (PDF 6/3/22)
With advisement, some students change career paths entirely. A former student wanted to be a medical doctor and open a clinic in Ghana. After a setback in science and exploring her strengths and interests, she realized she did not need to be a doctor to open a clinic. She graduated with honors with a degree in International Relations and minor in Leadership She enjoyed a study abroad experience and is currently in the Peace Corps. Because of her knowledge, skills and experiences, she can go to Ghana, hire a doctor, and open her clinic in a different capacity.
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