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homepicAvila University has over a thirty-year history of successfully preparing students for masters and doctoral degree health professions programs. Its prehealth professions program provides students with a strong educational background which is needed to become a physician, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, chiropractor, pharmacist, and veterinarian. Avila alumni have been accepted to a large number of health profession programs including the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry, University of Missouri- Columbia Veterinary School, Florida State University School of Medicine, and Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Program. As competition to enter health professions programs continues to increase, Avila students have a distinct advantage.

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Individual Prehealth Professions Advising
Avila ’s prehealth professions advisor, Dr. Sullivan, has over thirty years of advising experience, has been President of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, and serves on national committees of association of health professions schools such as the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Sullivan will work with you as your academic advisor for your entire time at Avila.

Preparation for a Health Care Career Starts As You Enter Avila
One of your first semester courses will be Introduction to Health Care Careers. In this course you will become better acquainted with the United States health care system and explore a variety of health care career options. You will start a portfolio that you will build throughout your time at Avila. A well-constructed portfolio can enhance your chances of being accepted to a health professions school.

During your first semester, you will shadow a health care professional and gain first hand experience in observing the health care system at work. Applicants to most health professions programs are required to have recent shadowing experience.