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MEDICAL STUDIES PROGRAM

Balancing strong preparation in the life sciences with an intensive year of pre-clinical education, a Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies provides students with nationally normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education or other medically based programs.

Medical Studies Major Requirements

LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

In addition to extensive laboratory experiences through all of the biology, chemistry, and physics courses, there are many opportunities for Medical Studies students to learn and develop skills outside of the classroom. Students may choose to participate in practicum experiences in a wide array of medical and healthcare settings. Work study opportunities are also available on campus, through which students can gain valuable experience serving as lab and/or faculty assistants.

The School of Natural Science hosts the Steelman Lecture Series through which renowned scientists and scientific writers are invited to speak to the campus and surrounding community. Career and graduates school nights are also held annually. These events feature former students and respected professionals in the field who speak with current students, offering information and guidance about various career options.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEDICAL STUDIES MAJORS

Students graduating with the Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies are qualified to pursue a variety of graduate programs in medicine in addition to physician assistant programs. These would include (among others) medical technology, physical therapy and other graduate programs in biology.

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Program Contact

Dr. Marsha Fanning

Professor of Biology, Chair of the School of Natural Sciences
Hickory Campus