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Pre-Health Advising

Vassar College

Preparation for a Career in the Health Professions at Vassar College

In the last decade, Vassar has had approximately 100-150 first year students express a potential interest in one or more of the health professions as a career goal. Although medicine is often the most popular choice, there is a wide range of additional possibilities. These include veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing, public health, pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory technologies and closely related fields such as medical administration, health education, social work, and medical or bioethics.

Preparation for most of the health professions does not require a natural science major so we suggest that students select the major field of study that most interests them. There are some health professions whose requirements make a natural science major the most logical or straight forward choice, but there are always options for working within any major if the decision to attend a health professions graduate program is determined early enough.

Future and current students, as well as alum interested in the health care professions should contact the Pre-Health office at with any questions.