Career Preparation

First-Year Course Selection

In designed your schedule, work closely with your pre-major academic advisor to plan the most appropriate program to meet your individual needs. It is advisable to begin addressing the health professions requirements early during your college career, but it is a mistake to take courses for which you are not ready. Enroll in classes for which you have both the necessary academic preparation and the intellectual maturity.  There are instances in which it is advisable to wait a year to take a particular course rather than stumble through it because you lack the appropriate foundation.  At the same time, it is important to be mindful of the recommended timeline for any field in which you may major. You also need to make plans to fulfill the College distribution and division requirements. No two students’ course schedules are likely to be exactly the same!

 In addition to discussing your schedule with your academic advisor, it may be helpful to ask questions of upper-class students who have taken the courses you’re considering. Don’t hesitate to talk to the health professions advisor, as well, if you have questions about course requirements for any health care field. Try to design a semester that will be challenging without being overwhelming – in other words, one that will allow you to enjoy learning!