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Health Professions

Enormous growth is predicted in this field, as the population grows and ages, and as more Americans are likely to obtain regular health care under the Affordable Care Act.

So why go for a History degree and not a degree in Biochemistry or Nursing?

Some Facts:
According to the mos recent admissions records to U.S. medical schools, nearly 60% of History majors were accepted, while only about 30% of Biology majors gained admission to medical school.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is being redesigned.  Starting in 2015, all prospective medical students must take the new test which will focus on assessing an applicant’s critical thinking and reasoning skills as her or his understanding of society and culture.

Almost half of all medical schools in the nation will adopt holistic reviews of applications within the next few years.

One study at Boston University found no statistical difference between the performance of humanities majors and traditional premedical majors who had been admitted to medical schools.  In fact, upon graduation from medical school, physicians who had been undergraduate humanities majors tended to pursue the critical-need, high-demand fields of primary care and psychiatry at greater rates than their peers who had been traditional premedical students with majors in biology or chemistry.

Pre-nursing programs across the state are heavily impacted, but second B.S./R.N. programs are not!  If you meet the admissions requirements, you can obtain your B.S./R.N. in as little as 15 months!

The minimum course requirements for admission to health professions programs are generally fairly low: two years of Chemistry, one year of Biology, one year of Physics, one year of English.  Check out how this works with our GE program:

History B.A. as Preparation for Medical School & Health Professions Planning Sheet

And if you haven’t taken these science requirements but are close to graduation, consider one of these pre-professional post-B.A. programs.

Interested, but not sure that health professions is the field for you, check out this enlightening resource, the Aspiring Docs blog.


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