The pre-professional health program at EMU will give you excellent preparation for
a career in the medical field. Not only will you get the academic training you need
to prepare, but our small class sizes, and one-on-one mentoring from faculty will
give you the edge you need to get into the program of your choice.
Graduate School Acceptance Rates
Over the past 10 years, students who completed Pre-Professional Health Sciences studies
at EMU enjoyed an 81% acceptance rate to medical schools, 82% to physical therapy
schools, and 79% to physician assistant programs.
(Statistics from applications submitted in years 2013-2022.)
EMU has articulation agreements with several schools to accelerate the application
process for highly qualified students who meet the requirements of a specific program:
What will I major in?
Most PPHS students are biology majors; however it is possible to major in chemistry, biochemistry, clinical lab sciences, mathematics or an area in the liberal arts and still succeed in the program at EMU. Because graduate schools value a broad education,
we suggest a minor in a non-science area that interests you.
Job Shadowing and Clinical hours
Job shadowing and clinical hours are an important part of the preparation for professional health careers. At EMU,
all pre-professional health students take a semester-long practicum course. This course
gives you an opportunity to experience the job first-hand and connect with professionals
in the field. Our faculty have strong ties to health care professionals in the Shenandoah
Valley, including many alumni. They will help you set up mentoring, clinical and job
shadowing experience to fit your interest.
Our labs are question-driven. You won’t be working on cookie-cutter worksheets.
Professors used problem-based learning models. They design experiments around real-world
questions. Our labs are mini-research assignments where you get to use the instruments
yourself, learn to test a theory and gain independence in your research and lab abilities.
Medical Ethics and Treating the Whole Person
Our faith-based curriculum includes exploration of the intersection of science, faith and ethics. Learn to integrate your spirituality and understandings of faith into patient care
and health care practice. Our big-picture approach encourages new ways to thinking
about culturally-aware interactions and respectful relationship-building. Your experiences
with crosscultural study and diverse populations will prepare you for your choice
of health care field. You'll be uniquely prepared to articulate this to grad school
admissions committees, employers and your future patients.
Students have joined our faculty in the study of health care in Peru, coffee bean pests in Hawaii, and the genetics of aging. You will have opportunities to present your original
research at our Academic and Creative Excellence festival each year. And enhance your application for professional health schools with original
research or clinical hours. EMU offers a CT Assist grant specifically for selected PPHS students to get clinical experience necessary to apply
for professional health programs that have minimum clinical hour requirements.
Medical School Prep
We will prepare you for medical school with an MCAT prep course and mock interviews.
You'll be able to articulate your passion, skills and interest in medicine to admissions
committees. Our liberal arts approach will prepare you with a broad base of knowledge
in multiple fields.
Suter Science Seminars
Each year, EMU invites experts to campus to present research, share their personal career journeys, and connect science, faith
and social issues. You’ll hear from health care practitioners, scientists and activists
who are applying their knowledge to address issues in their communities.