Ellis Beardsley ‘17

Major: Biochemistry and Pre-Health
Hometown:Warren, PA

The community aspect of Mount Union is what sets it apart from other schools; here at Mount Union everybody wants to succeed and see others do the same.

Pre-Medicine and Pre-Health Careers

Students planning to enter today’s high-tech fields in healthcare require advanced, specialized degrees. Mount Union offers a program to prepare students for the rigors of professional school and to guide students through the highly competitive application process. This academic and extracurricular program provides students with a firm foundational knowledge of science required by professional schools while also offering opportunities to explore health fields.

You’ll be prepared, no matter what your next step may be, as our track record shows. Over the past decade, more than 80% of our graduating seniors who apply to health professional schools have been accepted in the year of their graduation. This percentage is the same for medical schools specifically.

Our students have gone on into professional programs including the following:

Medicine
With guidance from Mount Union’s Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Program, graduates have been accepted to some outstanding medical programs, including those at Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Toledo and West Virginia University.

The career outlook for those graduating from medical school is promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of physicians and surgeons to grow 18% in the next decade. The BLS reports that the current median income for physicians practicing primary care is over $220,000, and for physicians practicing in medical specialties, it’s upwards of $390,000.

Dentistry
Pre-Medical and pre-health professions students have also pursued dental degrees at institutions including Case Western Reserve University, Nova Southeastern University, The Ohio State University and State University of New York at Buffalo.

According to the BLS, employment opportunities for dentists are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations at approximately 16% through 2022. Dentists currently garner a median annual wage of approximately $150,000, as reported by the BLS.

Optometry
Mount Union Pre-Medical and pre-health professions students pursuing optometry school following graduation have been successful at institutions including The Ohio State University and Illinois College of Optometry.

The BLS career outlook for optometrists forecasts a 24% growth in employment opportunities over the course of the next 10 years. In 2012, the BLS reported a median annual wage of over $97,000 for optometrists.

Pharmacy
Mount Union’s Pre-Medical and pre-health professions program has prepared graduates for success in a number of outstanding pharmacy programs, including those at Duquesne University, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh.

The career outlook for those graduating from pharmacy school is promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of pharmacists to grow 14% in the next decade. The BLS reports that the current median income for pharmacists is more than $116,000.

Physician assistant
The University’s Pre-Medical and pre-health professions students pursuing physician assistant studies degrees following graduation have been successful at institutions including Mount Union as well as Chatham University, Marietta College, Cleveland State University and Tiffin University.

The BLS career outlook for physician assistants is more than promising, with a forecast predicting 38% growth in employment opportunities over the course of the next 10 years. In 2012, the BLS reported a median annual wage of over $90,000 for physician assistants.

Mount Union offers the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree.

Physical therapy
Mount Union’s Pre-Medical and pre-health professions program has prepared graduates for success in a number of outstanding physical therapy programs, including those at the Institute of Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, Youngstown State University and Cleveland State University.

The career outlook for those graduating as physical therapists is good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment within the field to grow 36% through 2022. Physical therapists currently garner a median annual wage of approximately $80,000, as reported by the BLS.

Mount Union intends to launch a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the fall of 2015 pending the appropriate approvals.

Occupational therapy
With guidance from Mount Union’s Pre-Medical and pre-health professions program, graduates will be prepared to seek further education in the field of occupational therapy.

The career outlook for those graduating from an occupational therapy program is promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of occupational therapists to grow 29% in the next decade. The BLS reports that the current median income in the field is approximately $75,000.

Podiatry
Pre-Medical and pre-health professions students have also pursued podiatry degrees at institutions including the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.

According to the BLS, employment opportunities for podiatrists are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations at approximately 23% through 2022. Podiatrists currently garner a median annual wage of approximately $116,000, as reported by the BLS.

Chiropractic medicine
The University’s Pre-Medical and pre-health professions students pursuing chiropractic medicine following graduation have been successful at institutions including the New York Chiropractic College.

The BLS career outlook for chiropractors is promising, with a forecast predicting 15% growth in employment opportunities over the course of the next 10 years. In 2012, the BLS reported a median annual wage of over $66,000 for physician chiropractors.

Veterinary
Mount Union’s Pre-Medical and pre-health professions program has prepared graduates for success in a number of outstanding veterinary programs, including the program at the Ohio State University.

The career outlook for those graduating as veterinarians is good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment within the field to grow 12% through 2022. Veterinarians currently garner a median annual wage of approximately $84,000, as reported by the BLS.

We believe we have our excellent record of professional school success among our graduates because of our rigorous program, our conscientious advising and our reputation among the various health professions schools. Having said this, however, it is also the case that you will not get into any health professional school because you attend Mount Union (or any other school for that matter). You will get in or not depending on how you interact with our curriculum, the opportunities we offer and the admissions profile you generate during your undergraduate years here. If you attend Mount Union, you will find that we will provide what you need to reach your goal.

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