Preparing students—with close advising and mentorship—for a diversity of health-related careers.
internship opportunities at 20+ health-related partners
Viterbo’s pre-health program prepares students for careers in health-related fields. The core sequence provides students with a broad overview of the required sciences, while advanced instruction provides students with the opportunity to take medically-related upper-division courses. Students have opportunities for hands-on experience with modern equipment and techniques, and benefit from research and internship opportunities, as well as professional program entrance support from the faculty-led pre-health committee. Graduates of Viterbo have 95%+ acceptance rate into health-related professional schools and graduate programs (compared to a national acceptance rate of 40–60%).
Viterbo has collaborated with several professional and graduate schools allowing students to gain acceptance to these select programs while completing their undergraduate degree. Our current Early Acceptance Programs (EAPs) detailed on the Pre-Health Articulation Agreements page, include pathways to pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, and chiropractic programs.
- Physician Assistant
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Veterinary Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Scientist
- Pathologist Assistant
Viterbo, like most universities, does not offer a major in pre-health. However, enrollment in this program helps Viterbo’s pre-health faculty advisors customize a student’s path to meet the requirements of any desired graduate program. In addition to completing the required science courses, students will work toward a bachelor’s degree in one of the majors identified to satisfy most pre-professional admission requirements such as biology, biochemistry, or biopsychology. Below are some of the most common health-related careers for Viterbo graduates. See the Pre-Health Advising Handbook for more information and additional careers that the Viterbo pre-health program prepares students for.
A physician trained in allopathic or osteopathic medicine is what most people think of when they imagine a “doctor.” Generally, a physician's responsibilities include diagnosing disease, supervising the health care of patients, and prescribing treatment.
Dentistry is devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums, and other hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Most dentists engage in general practice, bringing skills in oral diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation directly to the patient.
Physician assistants (PAs) are part of the health care team that provides basic medical care under the supervision of a physician. They take medical histories, perform examinations, treat patients, see to minor injuries, prescribe medication, order lab work, and interpret results.
Pharmacists are an integral part of the primary health care system. They educate patients about different medications and serve to ensure safe administration of drugs. Pharmacists also serve to advise other health care providers about drug treatment plans, monitor drug therapy, and they may do research and clinical studies.
Physical therapists (PTs) diagnose and treat individuals who have limitations in their ability to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. They work with patients to regain or maximize movement in major extremities or regions of the body relating to the major extremities. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a health treatment plan to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
Veterinarians are trained to diagnose, treat, and help prevent disease and disabilities in animals. Veterinarians serve the needs of the public by practicing preventive medicine in relation to both human and animal health, the solution of agricultural and wildlife problems, and humane care of companion animals.
Occupational therapists (OTs) help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition and usually have a strong educational background in the social and behavioral health sciences. This provides the skills and knowledge for them to help patients physically, emotionally, and psychologically deal with injury and recovery.
Clinical laboratory scientists (CLS) (also known as medical laboratory scientists) work with state-of-the-art equipment to analyze a variety of biological specimens. CLS personnel are responsible for performing scientific testing on samples and reporting the results to physicians. Clinical Laboratory Scientists collaborate very closely with physicians in diagnosing and monitoring disease processes, as well as monitoring the effectiveness of therapy.
Optometrists are primary health care providers who diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system.