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If you are looking to pursue a career in the Health field, then Carthage is the place to be!

The Curriculum

Many students who plan on having a successful career in the health field major in the sciences. The most popular majors are biology, chemistry, neuroscience, psychology, and even some combination of these. These majors prepare students to become thorough, investigative, and conceptual in their thinking. The majors also provide them with a foundation of knowledge that will propel them through their post-undergraduate education and into the health field.

The Pre-Health education provides students with on-hands experience in their labs and personalized attention from professors. As a Carthage student progresses toward his or her undergraduate degree, the student will have had time in labs, conducting research, writing a senior thesis, shadowing medical professionals, and/or working in the health field. All of this is possible through the hard work of the student, guidance of professors, and the encouragement of peers.

A Pre-Health students’ most valuable tool is the Carthage scientific community. Many professors have a great knowledge of applying to professional schools, writing letters of recommendations, and optimizing a student’s chances of being accepted to professional school. The goal of Pre-Health student at Carthage College is to be accepted into the professional school of their choosing and from there make a difference doing what they love.

The Opportunities

The key to successfully entering into a health professional school is experiences! At Carthage College, many students have done novel research in the scientific community, whether at Carthage College through S.U.R.E. Program (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) or during the school year with professors, completed R.E.U.s (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at colleges and universities across the nation and abroad, or done internships at the Medical College of Wisonsin.

As mentioned earlier, many of the labs will prepare students for their desired specialities. Biology labs offer experience in genetics, anatomy, physiology, cell & molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry. Psychology prepares students to deal with future patients facing psychological dysfunction. The neuroscience major offers students hands-on experience in the lab conducting research and doing surgeries.

Another unique opportunity is to participate in a Medical Mission trip to Nicaragua with professors and medical professionals. Students get hands-on experience in real-life medical clinics and with medical personnel. This trip often solidifies a student’s decision to enter into the medical field and the trip signifies the community service involvement of a future Health professional. The trip runs in January and June, and now comprises a Public Health aspect specifically with water purification and community health.

To gain further access into the Health field, students have the opportunity to gain medical experience. Many students have become Medical Scribes, Certified Nurse Aides, and completed internships in public health in the Kenosha area all the way to Milwaukee. Students can also choose to spend their summer or January-term shadowing medical professionals at the Aurora Health Care System in Kenosha for six weeks. Each week students will shadow a different speciality. Experiences like these give students patient contact hours and a diverse background into the health field.

The Connections

Student organizations, such as Pre-Health Club and Pre-Physician Assistants Club, allow student further resources into ensuring their chances into professional school.

Pre-Health Club provides students with opportunities from past Carthage Alumni, Medical Professionals in the community, and Admissions Representatives to come into talk about their experiences in the Health field or admission requirements into a certain field. At Pre-Health Club, the upperclassmen and their knowledge are also optimized. Members will meet bi-weekly with Pre-Health specialty groups (medical, graduate, veterinary, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physicians assistant, pharmacy, dental, and chiropractic) to discuss application processes, MCAT or GRE preparation, program requirements, why people are drawn to a certain field, and beneficial classes to take while at Carthage.

Students’ Perceptions

“The Phage program has been an excellent introduction to the research field and has really illuminated the research process while teaching many fundamentals of Biology as well as lab technique.” — Ben Massat

“My favorite part of the Pre-Health curriculum is that I feel like I’m being well prepared for Physician Assistant school.” — Amy Bruckbarer

“Connections with Professors … their doors are always open!” — Kelsey Blumer

“The Nicaragua J-term trip is a really great experience! You get to experience a new culture and do hands-on work in the medical clinics. This trip really helped me to realize that I am going into the right career!” — Megan Gills

“I have had a lot of shadowing experiences in different fields and realized that shadowing is one of the most important things a Pre-Health student can do.” — Kayla Tripp

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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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