Asbury and the Medical Professions
Asbury has always stressed a calling to serve God’s people, and medicine has played a large part in answering that call. From its earliest days, Asbury graduates have been going on to medical school.
In the 1940’s, Drs. Hamann and Ray, after whom the science building is named, expanded and strengthened the science programs at Asbury. Since 1980, over 150 of our students have gone on to graduate medical programs.
Asbury graduates are working in traditional medicine, osteopathy, physical therapy, physician assistant, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine and nursing. They serve both at home and on the mission field. Dr. Ernie Steury, class of 1953, was the founder of Tenwek hospital in Kenya. Many other Asburians have followed in his footsteps.
Asbury is not the biggest, but it aims to be one of the best.
Beginning with the Freshman year, students put in lots of lab time, and writing skills are stressed. In addition to the “usual sciences,” Asbury professors hold degrees in biochemistry, physiology and veterinary medicine.
(Brittany Hale, Asbury 2008)
Pre-Medicine at Asbury
Admission to many programs in the health professions requires college courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Courses in composition, psychology, sociology, ethics, and communication are also often required.
No single college degree program exists that includes all of the requirements for admission to every health profession school. Generally, you can choose whatever major you wish, then add in other required courses you will need.
For example, let’s say that you want to go to medical school. What should you choose for your undergraduate major? Biology? Biochemistry? Pre-Med? Most colleges and universities consider a Pre-Med major to be too narrow of a focus at the undergraduate level.
Asbury University offers 45 undergraduate majors, and all of Asbury’s majors include a liberal arts curriculum that allows each student to explore a broad range of engaging areas of study. In most cases it is possible to take the courses required for admission to medical school in addition to the courses required for the major, and still graduate in 4 years. Of course, if you choose to major in the sciences, the premedical requirements are already included in the major.
Your choice of major for medical school admission is, well, your choice. In any case, if you are uncertain about your choice of major as you consider preparation for one of the health professions programs, our Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Bruce Branan, will be pleased to assist you.
Health Professions Information
The most current and complete information about a health profession and its admission requirements can be found on the website of the professional organization. Here are some of the most commonly used sites:
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine - www.aacom.org
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine - www.aacpm.org
- American Dental Education Association - www.adea.org
- American Occupational Therapy Association - www.aota.org
- American Physical Therapy Association - www.apta.org
- Association of American Medical Colleges - www.aamc.org
- Association of Schools of Public Health - www.asph.org
- Physician Assistant Education Association - www.paeaonline.org