Considering PA, PT, OT, nursing, or another health profession?
Health careers such as physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and others are becoming increasingly important. They primarily focus on patient care while also having an element centered on the science of the human body.
Important academic note :
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 with labs, which are pre-requisites for you, are not taught on campus. F&M has a partnership with Millersville University where F&M students can take those courses for no additional tuition and they will be listed on the F&M transcript rather than on a Millersville transcript. Students can also elect to take this course sequence over the summer. If you want to transfer it back to F&M, you would need to get approval from the Biology department.
Students can meet individually with the Director to discuss study strategies and plans. Test prep resources including official practice tests from the Educational Testing Service and other items are also provided.
Students wanting to pursue different health professions have numerous research opportunities both on and off campus. Through the Hackman Scholars program, students receive funding to do full-time research with an F&M faculty member on campus during the summer. For students interested in getting funding for their own research projects off campus, they can apply for the Hershfield Biomedical Research Endowment or the Rackow & Kaminsky Endowed Fellowship for Pre-Health Students. Typically, physician assistant and nursing programs don’t require research experience but students can certainly get involved if they would like.
Physician assistant programs generally require over 500 hours of direct patient care. Pre-PA students receive guidance throughout their time at F&M on the different ways they can complete these hours including serving as an EMT, volunteering as a patient transporter at a local hospital, performing clinical research, working as a CNA or a caregiver, and more. Students interested in physical therapy are able to shadow in several settings such as in-patient at Lancaster General Hospital and outpatient in several local clinics and private practices. Pre-nursing and other health students also have opportunities to gain exposure to the profession of their choice.
Community Service Opportunities
Pre-health students engage in a number of service opportunities. The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement is an excellent resource and they oversee community-based programs (for example, organizations working with refugees) as well as alternative spring break programs. Pre-health students often get involved in working with local middle schools by serving as science teaching interns and tutors. For those students who are involved in Greek life, each organization works with a specific charity/philanthropy (for example, Relay for Life, the Ronald McDonald House, etc.).
On campus we have the Benjamin Rush Pre-Health Honor Society, which students can apply for in the spring of their sophomore or junior year. Clubs host programs and events and also create a sense of community among pre-health students.
Pre-health students also pursue other activities on campus. Many are involved in music groups such as the orchestra or a cappella singing groups while others play sports at the varsity or club levels. F&M has a number of ways to get involved in clubs devoted to a range of topics.