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Pre-Health Program

Program Overview

Degree Type

Pre-Professional

Department Name

Office of Pre-Professional Advising (OPPA)

Director of Pre-Professional Advising

John Banisaukas

Department Assistant Name

Coreea Allen

What is a pre-health track?

If you’re considering a career in a health-related field, a pre-health track provides opportunities to explore the health professional world. Often, students who are interested in health careers need advice on course selection, experiences in health care settings, and networking with alumni mentors to 1) confirm that a health career is the right fit, and 2) pinpoint what area in the vast health care field they might pursue. A pre-health advising track is the means for revealing and understanding your place in the world of health careers.

Why explore pre-health at Furman?

The Office of Pre-Professional Advising (OPPA) at Furman offers advising and resources, and guides students through the health professional school application process. We connect you to dozens of clinical experiences, from shadowing physicians at Prisma Health to conducting research in a biomedical science laboratory. OPPA prepares you for your future career, and ensures you are a competitive applicant when the time comes to apply to the health professional school of your choice, either directly after graduating or years later.

It might surprise you to know that 40% of our students who are interested in health careers are studying disciplines outside of the sciences. Pre-health at Furman gives you the chance to investigate health professions while you consider any of the more than 70 majors, minors and programs available at the university. Guided by dedicated, full-time pre-health advisors, you’ll amass a powerful set of skills – problem-solving, critical thinking, research, organization, collaboration and time-management – all while boosting verbal and written communication competencies. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

No matter the major you select, the advisors in pre-health will support you through every step of your academic journey, from providing expert guidance​ on courses to identifying clinical experiences​ that will bolster your career goals.

Get plugged into the Upstate Medical Legal Partnership as an intern. Working toward improving health outcomes of Upstate residents, especially those living in poverty, the MLP comprises Furman University’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health (IACH), Prisma Health and South Carolina Legal Services.

Want a front-row seat to hospital procedures? The Prisma Health Clinical Observation Program gives you the chance to observe physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists and other health care providers in over a dozen departments within the Prisma Health hospital system.

With these possibilities and many more, it’s good to have pre-health advisors who know you and are looking out for your interests. Connect with them early and often.

Health careers

A wealth of career possibilities exist in the health profession. The pre-health advisors, the Internship Office, IACH, and the Malone Center for Career Engagement can put you in touch with alumni mentors across practice areas.

Some options for careers include:

  • Anesthesiologist assistant
  • Audiology
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cardiovascular perfusion
  • Child life specialist
  • Chiropractic
  • Dental
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic counseling
  • Health care administration
  • Medicine
  • Medical physics
  • Music therapy
  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Podiatric medicine
  • Public health
  • Radiation therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Veterinary medicine

Health-related courses

Best described as a pathway, pre-health at Furman has no academic major or course requirements. You’ll find health-related content in nearly every department on campus. Students should meet with the pre-health advisors to discuss current course offerings and courses they may find interesting.

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40%
students pursuing health careers at Furman who are not majoring in the sciences
70%
Furman medical school average acceptance rate in the last 10 years for senior applicants
42%
National medical school average acceptance rate in the last 10 years for senior applicants
42%
Furman students who show an interest in health careers

What our students say

Furman bell tower in the fall

“The pre-health track at Furman allowed me to combine my interests in the politics and international affairs major and health care. The professors, while rigorous, were extremely helpful, and I feel well prepared to begin medical school in the fall.” – Noah Steyer ’22, B.A., politics and international affairs; pre-medical track

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s faculty, in addition to your pre-health advisors, represent decades of study and real-world expertise. Take your first steps by contacting the pre-health advisors, or contact Furman Admissions to learn more about how to apply.

While pre-health is a pathway, not a major at Furman, many of our faculty members teach health-related courses, and some of them have partnered with students on research. Some of our faculty who teach health-related courses include:

  • John J. Banisaukas
    Title:

    Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Chief Health Careers Advisor

    John Banisaukas

    John J. Banisaukas
    Title:

    Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Chief Health Careers Advisor

    Phone Number: 8642943042

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  • M. Carmela Epright
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy

    Carmela Epright

    M. Carmela Epright
    Title:

    Professor of Philosophy

    Phone Number: 8642942288

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  • Matt Feigenbaum
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Matt Feigenbaum
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943455

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  • Kristy Maher
    Title:

    Professor, Sociology

    Kristy Maher
    Title:

    Professor, Sociology

    Phone Number: 8642943302

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  • Greg Springsteen
    Title:

    Professor, Chemistry

    Greg Springsteen

    Greg Springsteen
    Title:

    Professor, Chemistry

    Phone Number: 8642942763

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  • Victoria Turgeon
    Title:

    Professor of Biology, Academic Director of Prisma Partnerships

    Victoria Turgeon

    Victoria Turgeon
    Title:

    Professor of Biology, Academic Director of Prisma Partnerships

    Phone Number: 8642943791

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  • FAQ

    How do I get in the pre-health advising loop at Furman?

    To connect with pre-health at Furman, contact the pre-health advisors in the Office of Pre-Professional Advising.

    What are some student fellowship opportunities?

    Each summer, the IACH funds student fellows in an array of community health internships and research opportunities. Just a few of the fellowships have included Magdalene Clinic, LiveWell Greenville, Prisma Health’s Summer Neuroimaging Research Program, Prisma Health Medical Legal Partnership, Summer Clinical Research Internship in Precision Medicine and Pharmacogenetics at VA Boston Health Care, Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Surgery (Prisma Health) and Prisma Health’s Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship.

    Are there study away or May Experience options as part of this program?

    Furman’s study away programs represent engaged learning at its finest. Add a global dimension to learning as you cultivate intellectual curiosity, develop new skills and build self-confidence – keys to competing in a complex, ever-evolving world.

    The majority of study away programs, including semester-long and three-week May Experience (MayX) courses, are interdisciplinary in nature and open to students of all majors.

    Health-focused MayX options include IACH-developed programs such as The Emergency Department as a Microcosm of Society; The Southern Border: A Tale of Two Communities;  Medical Legal Partnership: Poverty, Medicine and Law; Health and Medicine in the Global Context Exploration; and Medical Education in Orthopedic Surgery: Arthrex.

     

    What major should I declare if I’m interested in pre-health at Furman?

    If you are interested in health careers, choose any major you are passionate about from the more than 70 majors, minors and programs available at Furman. Students typically declare a major by the end of their sophomore year, so there’s plenty of time to explore options. There are no academic major requirements to participate in pre-health activities at Furman. Grades matter in pursuing downstream professional schools as do professional school exam scores, so select a major that inspires you and one in which you think you’ll excel.

    What med schools are Furman alumni admitted to?

    Our graduates go on to a variety of med schools and other professional schools for health careers. In the last 16 years, our students have been accepted to the following medical schools:

    Alabama, Albert Einstein, Arkansas, Boston, Buffalo, Case Western, Central Florida, Chicago Medical, Chicago-Pritzker, Cincinnati, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel, Duke, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Eastern Virginia, Emory, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Florida State, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Hofstra, Howard, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jefferson, Johns Hopkins, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Loyola-Stritch, LSU-New Orleans, Marshall, Maryland, Mayo Clinic, Medical College of Georgia, Medical University of South Carolina, Meharry, Mercer, Miami, Mississippi, Missouri, Morehouse, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York University, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pennsylvania State, Pittsburgh, South Alabama, South Carolina-Columbia, South Carolina-Greenville, South Florida, Southern Illinois, SUNY-Brooklyn, SUNY-Stonybrook, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas-Galveston, Texas-Houston, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Southwestern, Texas Tech, Tulane, UCLA, UC-San Diego, Uniformed Services University, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington University-St. Louis, University of Washington-Seattle, Wayne State, West Virginia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wright State and Yale.

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