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Pre-Professional Studies For The Healing Arts

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Welcome to Pre-Professional Studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Pre-Professional Studies involves your university preparation for pursuing a career in many different health-related fields.  It is more than just course work and majors; it is the guiding and instructing of the student that wishes more: to be more.

Pre-professional Studies are overseen by the Pre-Professional Committee for the Healing Arts, which consists of representative faculty members from the Biology and Chemistry departments whose job it is to advise, mentor, and

evaluate students preparing for a professional school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, and podiatry.  We also prepare students for pharmacy, chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or physician assistant programs and more.

The combined experience and the different insights and perspectives of many faculty mentors is a great advantage in preparing students for entering the professional school of their choice.  Students intending to proceed to a professional school will have one of the Pre-professional Committee Members as their individual advisors as well.

Committee members meet periodically with students to individualize their collegiate experience.  Topics discussed include: which courses are most appropriate for the students to enroll in, methods to best prepare for standardized tests, familiarization with the application process, and suggestions to improve their application portfolios.  The committee also prepares letters of evaluation to support students’ applications to professional schools.

We look forward to guiding you on your journey,


Pre-Professional Committee Members

Department of Biology

Dr. Craig Scott, Co-Chair

Dr. Doug Smith, Co-Chair

Dr Helen Hampikian

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Larry Bering

Dr. Dan Clark

Honors Program

Dr. Hallie Savage