Carthage offers …
Acquire comprehensive training
Meet the needs of a changing profession. Rather than offer specific “tracks” or “programs” for students with health-related aspirations, Carthage provides a thorough and integrated curriculum that encourages students to explore their abilities and interests while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees. The health fields are changing rapidly, with new therapies and models of care always on the horizon. The best-prepared medical practitioners are adaptable and have a comprehensive education.
Pick the major that best prepares you. Students who will later pursue advanced degrees in the health-related fields can choose any major on campus, as long as they select courses to meet the prerequisite expectations of their intended graduate programs. Most students in these areas choose to major in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, or psychology, where they are broadly exposed to the basic sciences and gain hands-on experience in the laboratory. Some students considering careers in physical therapy, or health education choose majors in the Exercise and Sport Science Department.
Combine multiple skills. Carthage offers a focus in interdisciplinary fields that might benefit students as they enter the workforce. The Environmental Science major combines knowledge of geography, biology, chemistry, and physics with economics and political science to better understand matters of ecological and human health. Many of the most ambitious students participate in the Carthage Honors Program, which offers specially designed courses and encourages students to work on independent projects in conjunction with their chosen curricula.
Engage with global health
Gain hands-on experience in the community. Increasingly, tomorrow’s health care providers will need to work in multicultural environments and treat illnesses of both the advanced and developing worlds. Those committed to a life of service must reach out and help solve some of the most vexing health and hygiene problems. Carthage provides a rich framework for determined students to get involved in issues affecting their own community and societies worldwide. For instance, many students choose to gain experience working in local hospitals, veterinary clinics, nursing homes, and pharmacies, or pursue biomedical research projects on campus and at universities and medical schools around the country.
Make a difference abroad. Most Carthage students considering careers in the health fields participate in the campus medical mission to Nicaragua, through which students contribute to addressing public health in the clinical setting and developing clean water resources.
Capitalize on career development support
Receive guidance from advisors and clubs. Carthage students benefit from many forms of support during their years on campus. First, all students consult frequently with a pre-health coordinator who can answer questions about their educational goals and help them select the appropriate courses that match their abilities and interests. The Aspire Center can help students arrange internships and promote their professional development. Finally, there is an active community of supportive student organizations that organize activities for students in the health-related fields, mentor them through exam preparation, and provide networking opportunities. Students are encouraged to participate in the Pre-Health Club, Pre-Physician Assistant Club, and Neuroscience, Biology, and Chemistry societies.
Gain real-world experience. Carthage students are strongly recommended to pursue volunteer and clinical shadowing opportunities, and to get involved in research projects early in their academic careers. The most successful candidates for graduate study in the health-related fields are those who dedicate themselves to this type of active engagement during their freshman years and maintain involvement through college.
Collaborate with faculty on projects. Students in the health-related fields benefit from Carthage’s strong culture of undergraduate research. Science majors are expected to undertake experimental laboratory or field research and present their findings publicly. Faculty-sponsored projects range from the study of microscopic virus particles and bacterial DNA sequences to wildlife ecology, human physiology and an ongoing research project studying post-traumatic stress disorder in human populations.
Enter graduate programs prepared. As health care is increasingly impacted by cutting-edge developments at the laboratory bench and research clinic, and as drug discovery and environmental health assessment requires advanced technical expertise, Carthage students enter graduate programs with experiences and skills that better prepare them for the needs of the workplace.
Consider a three-year preparatory program. Students who are committed to pursue careers in pharmacy and occupational therapy might consider one of Carthage’s accelerated paths, allowing them to enter graduate school after three years. Such possibilities exist for occupational therapy studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
Hone your interests and choose the right path. Carthage faculty advisors and student organizations encourage students to explore their interests and find the career options that best suit them. It is common for students considering themselves “pre-med” as freshmen to discover new passions in the health-related fields over the course of four years. Through rigorous and broad-based coursework, engaging clinical experiences domestically and abroad, and advanced research, students considering health-related careers ultimately find the areas where they feel the strongest interest.
Earn prestigious graduate and medical school placements. Because Carthage students have opportunities to determine their true interests and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of that field, they are able to enter graduate programs where they will succeed. As a result, alumni report a high degree of satisfaction with their undergraduate majors and good prospects for rewarding careers.
After Carthage, students have pursued:
- Medical training (M.D.) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, and Loyola University, among others.
- Medical training (D.O.) at Midwestern University, Des Moines University, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, among others.
- Biomedical research (Ph.D.) at the University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, and Yale University, among others.
- Physician Assistant training (PA) at Midwestern University and A. T. Still University, among others.
- Pharmacy training (Pharm.D.) at the University of Wisconsin, Concordia University and University of Minnesota, among others.
- Veterinary training (D.V.M.) at the University of Illinois, among others.
- Dentistry training (D.D.S.) at the University of Illinois and Marquette University, among others.
- Occupational therapy (M.S.O.T.) at Washington University and Rush University, among others.