Preparing for a Career in Health Professions

Health Professions at Lebanon Valley College

Health professions are areas of health care that require advanced professional training beyond the bachelor's degree. The LVC approach to preparing students for the health professions is one of flexibility. Students are advised to choose a major that fulfills the application requirements for their specific health professions program of interest.

These areas are shown below, with the terminal degrees shown in parenthesis:

  • Medicine (M.D.)
  • Osteopathic Medicine (Osteopathy; D.O.)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
  • Dental Medicine (Dentistry; D.M.D. or D.D.S.)
  • Physician's Assistant (PA)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.)
  • Optometry (O.D.)
  • Podiatric Medicine (Podiatry; D.P.M.)

What type of program does Lebanon Valley College offer?
Health profession students at LVC are not required to take any single specific course of study or a particular major. Usually our students choose to major in biology, biochemistry & molecular biology, or chemistry because of the close relationship of these fields to medical study. However, a student may major in any field as long as appropriate prerequisite courses are taken. Pre-health profession students in all majors are advised and guided throughout their time at Lebanon Valley College by the Health Professions Committee.

The Health Professions Committee advises pre-health professions students, monitors their academic progress, provides information about professional schools and the related standardized exams, and prepares students for professional school interviews through a rigorous mock interview process.

The areas supported by the committee include allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatric medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and physicians assistant.

The Health Professions Program is personalized, providing close attention to individual needs. The atmosphere is one of encouragement and personal development rather than competition with one's peers.

The Health Professions Committee's Role
The Health Professions Committee is currently composed of four faculty members—one each from the departments of biology, chemistry, physical therapy, and psychology.

The committee:
  • Meets all incoming pre-health professions students in their freshman year to get to know them and to become informed about their intended vocational goals;
  • Collects and maintains information students will need to plan their four years of pre-professional study;
  • Periodically reviews the academic performance of students with pre-health professional interests, advising those in trouble of alternative professions;
  • Provides information about standardized examinations (e.g., MCAT, DAT, GRE) the various professional school application services;
  • Writes a composite letter of reference for applicants, using input from faculty and outside evaluators; and,
  • Provides mock interviews to prepare students for actual professional school interviews.

Resources on Professional School Preparation
The Health Professions Committee maintains current information on health professional schools and careers in the biology conference room, on the 3rd floor of the Neidig-Garber Science Center.  In addition to these materials, we shelf professional exam study materials in the Biotechnology Laboratory, N-G 321.