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Health Careers

Current Students

Students seeking programs that lead to health careers should make an academic plan early in their education. We encourage all students to seek advising as soon as possible.

Plan of Study

To be eligible for graduate programs in health careers, students need to choose a major. It is important to understand that while CWU offers all of the necessary prerequisite courses for pre-health programs, we do not offer majors or degrees in pre-health. Students must choose a major to complete an undergraduate degree. Students may complete a bachelor's degree in any area; however, most students usually choose a major where some of the prerequisite courses overlap with graduation requirements. Students going into a health career will usually have to complete courses in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

In addition, students may be encouraged to take courses in Philosophy (esp. Ethics) and the social sciences. Because each graduate program differs in their requirements, students must double-check their prerequisite courses against their top choices of schools.

How to Declare a Major

Students make application for a major at the department that administers it.  Students should contact their respective departments as soon as possible to learn of any pre-admission requirements and to develop a plan that accounts for proper course sequencing. Once you have declared a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor within that department. Students should take advantage of the opportunity to meet with a knowledgeable faculty member and seek advising on a regular basis.