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Calvin's Programs - Other Pre-Professional Health Programs

Pre-Physician Assistant

If you are interested in medicine but not set on a specific career path, you might want to consider working as a physician assistant (PA). Employment opportunities are excellent, and the demand for PA services is expected to increase.


As a physician assistant, you will be trained and licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. Job duties include recording medical histories, performing physical examinations, performing diagnoses, counseling patients, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests, assisting in surgery, setting fractures, and writing orders for prescription drugs.

Contact one of Calvin's pre-PA advisors, Rich Nyhof or Amy Wilstermann.

» Learn more about the pre-physician assistant program.



Would you like to specialize in Podiatry? It is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg.

Lab students

The pre-podiatry program at Calvin is very similar to the pre-medical program.

Contact Calvin's pre-medical advisor, Rich Nyhof.

» Learn more about the pre-medical program



Would you like to play a vital role in the health care system as a pharmacist?

Pharmacist responsibilities include a range of care for patients, from dispensing medications to monitoring patient health and progress to maximize their response to the medication.

Working in the lab

You can take courses at Calvin that are prerequisites for acceptance to pharmacy school.

Contact Calvin's pre-pharmacy advisor, Michael Barbachyn.

» Learn more about the pre-pharmacy program

Public Health Major

The Public Health major at Calvin college focuses on improving a community’s wellbeing through healthy lifestyle education, disease prevention research, creating and implementing health polices, and social/political advocacy. Public health professionals spend their time helping protect the health of populations, which can be as small as a local neighborhood or as large an entire country.

Contact one of Calvin's Public Health Program Directors, Arlene Hoogewerf or Scott Vander Linde.