Health Professions

About Health Professions at Rowan University

Many members of the medical profession began their training at Rowan University. Rowan University graduates have become physicians, dentists, physical therapists, optometrists, veterinarians, and podiatrists through our academic program and the university's numerous affiliation programs and undergraduate majors. Rowan University students have the opportunity to complete the necessary prerequiste courses to apply to the numerous graduate-level health professions programs nationally, including Cooper Medical School at Rowan University
and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

While there is no standard way for students to prepare for entrance into a health professions, there are a number of different approaches that can be taken by Health Professions students to prepare them for the next step. The defining characteristic of these approaches is that they are developed as the result of an ongoing conversation between a student, his or her academic advisor, and the Health Professions advisor, who provides advice based on the recommendations of the Health Professions Committee - a group of professors from various disciplines who make it their job to pay attention to acceptance trends for various medical schools and disciplines.

It is never too early to begin thinking about planning out your education in a way that will enhance your chances of getting into professional school. Whether you're thinking of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, or another healthcare profession, having a plan early on will be invaluable to your academic success. You can start this process by talking to your advisor. If you do not yet have an advisor, or do not know who your advisor is, you can also contact the current Health Professions Advisor.

Here are some general guidelines that may be useful to you:

  • Generally, science majors tend to be popular choices of Rowan students interested in a health professions. However, it is important to know that majors like Biochemical Engineering, Humanities, and Health & Exercise Science are equally great options for Rowan students.
  • Extracurricular activities are important, as are the recommendations that arise from them. It is better, however, to be devoted to and good at a few activities rather than to participate inconsistently in a large number of them.
  • Often, unconventional academic paths make a student stand out more to medical schools. Use your academic advisor and the Health Professions advisor as resources to help you be creative in planning your path to medical school.

Additional resources are also available on this site. In links to the left will take you to helpful and informative pages to find out more about the Health Professions options at Rowan. If you don't see what you're looking for there, you can submit your own question on the Contact Us page.