SPECIAL ADVISING AREA
Nearly 20% of students applying to Warren Wilson intend to pursue a career in the health fields. In particular, our students express interest in:
- medical school
- pharmacy school
- optometry school
- dental school
- physician assistant studies programs
- physical therapy programs
Our nationally-recognized natural sciences curriculum prepares you for the rigors of the next step.
All natural science majors complete original research, and our small general science courses give you the support you need to achieve your academic goals.
Small Class Sizes (Even in the Sciences)
Consider our general biology sequence. The lecture component of the course is taught by a faculty member with a terminal degree (no TA’s here), and the course consists of approximately 25 students. These students then meet in the lab, taught by the same faculty member to ensure quality and curricular cohesion. Peer-to-peer tutoring is provided to further ensure academic success.
This commitment to small class sizes, access to faculty, and academic support extends throughout your pre-health requirements.
So when the times comes for a letter of reference, you’ll have long-standing and close relationships with faculty who can speak directly to your strengths and research accomplishments.
Distinguishing Your Application
Our professors will push you and your classmates will inspire you. But everything you’re studying will come into play and take on real meaning through your work crew involvement and community service engagement.
These experiences, which you will carefully select in partnership with your advisor, will enhance your graduate school application. You’ll apply to the health program of your choice with not only a strong GPA but real-life experiences that distinguish your application.
Your application could highlight:
- your recent publication completed in partnership with your faculty advisor, highlighting the quality of your research experience;
- your service experience through our Community Engagement Program at Mission Hospital, assisting nurses with patient intake while developing your ability to work with patients in need;
- work experience on our Local Foods Crew, where you educate our community about the importance of health and nutrition, advocate for progressive health policies, and share local food with your fellow students.
Our health professions need curiously insightful, capable, and experienced individuals.
We’re here to help you be one.
Warren Wilson pre-med students are passionate about health issues, and we engage that passion inside and outside the classroom. It’s why we bring speakers like Dr. Alan Lockwood to campus. Dr. Lockwood, an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, spoke to Warren Wilson students about humans strong dependence on the earth’s ecosystems and how climate change’s effects on these systems will cascade to our own health and well being. Following his talk, students joined Dr. Lockwood for dinner and a Q&A session. Guest lectures are one of the ways we’ll deepen your understanding and engage your interests from day one.