Allied Health Professions
The Biology, Chemistry, and Kinesiology Departments of Westmont College provide training appropriate for pursuing careers in many of the allied health fields. Since there is a large amount of variety in requirements for each graduate program, it is also important for students to look at a number of different schools of interest to gain a sense of what you will need to have taken before making applications to specific schools. This page is intended to provide some general information and recommended courses which will provide the best preparation for most of the non-doctoral level allied health programs. For doctoral level programs (eg, DVM, DDS, MD, DO), see the Premedical Information Pages.
For most of the allied health fields, several courses in biology, chemistry and psychology are required. Thus, choice of a Chemistry or Biology BA track are well suited as a major, as they allow flexibility in choosing the additional courses necessary (whether psychology, mathematics, etc). A Kinesiolgy major can also work with additional care with scheduling of pre-requisite and major classes. A choice of a double major in Chemistry/Biology is sometimes a matter of one or two additional courses.
The Office of Career Development & Calling has a large amount of information available to review about the variety of health related careers, along with information about many of the programs and what to expect.
There is excellent information on Allied Health careers at Exploring Health Careers.org including history of the profession, occupational description, employment characteristics, educational programs, and where to address inquiries.This is also a good resource for preparing during undergraduate school. .
Here is a convenient quick-look table that lists many of the Health professions and the typical pre-requisites needed for each one.
Through Westmont's Biology, Chemistry, and Kinesiology Departments, training is provided for the following fields:
The web address for the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) is www.chirocolleges.com.
The pre-requisite courses can also be found on that ACC webpage: prospective_students
A good source of information on Nursing is the AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing). They have a very informative website with many issues and current data.
Additionally, this links to a report that describes the levels of education (BS, AAS, Diploma).
American College of Nurse-Midwives
818 Connecticut Ave., NW
They have a brochure ("A career in Nurse-Midwife") and a directory ("Directory of Acrredited Midwifery Education Programs") available.
The normal route is via a four year BSN or two year ADN program.
Graduate studies include a masters or a doctorate in OT.What is Occupational Therapy?
AOTA lists accredited schools for masters programs in occupational therapy. For those interested in this field of health, this is a good site to explore.
The best source of information for pursuing education and a career in optometry is the ASCO web site.
Two good resources for exploring the field of Public Health as a career:
What Is Public Health? This is a good explanation of what this broad field encompasses.
ASPA is the site for education information. Association of Schools of Public Health
When you are ready to apply you will use the online application service called SOPHAS.