Pre-Clinical Advising

Students who are planning to become physicians, surgeons, dentists, veterinarians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, physical therapists, pharmacists, or optometrists should communicate regularly with the Director of Pre-Health Education about plans for coursework and experiential learning (such as job shadowing, volunteering, and working as an EMT with UREMS). An HS major or minor can be a valuable component of preparation for excellence as a clinical health professional.

Meet a Health Studies major

Photo of Paige Kokolis

Paige Kokolis ’23 always knew that she wanted to pursue a clinical career, but when she arrived at the University of Richmond she wasn’t sure what clinical pathway was right for her.  After passing the NREMT exam earning her Emergency Medical Technician license, she was able to work on campus as both an EMT and as a clinical assistant in the Student Health Center.  Working alongside experienced healthcare professionals helped her identify that nursing was the perfect match to her philosophy of patient care.  “Nurses get to spend time with each of their patients, providing hands-on care, education, and even family support.  That model of caring for the whole person is really important to me.”  

Majoring in Health Studies and minoring in Biology allowed Paige to complete the biology, chemistry, psychology, health ethics, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and nutrition courses that are prerequisites for health professions schools.  She started the second-degree B.S. in Nursing program at Villanova the same month she graduated from UR.  “I’m doing an accelerated RN program that will enable me to become a registered nurse after just 14 months.  I’m planning to practice for a couple of years and then pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.  I'm grateful that my mentors in the Health Studies program and across campus provided me with a solid academic foundation, invaluable scientific and clinical skills, and outstanding guidance as I found my calling to be a nurse practitioner.”