Health professions advising is an academically-oriented resource for students who intend to pursue careers in the health professions. The strong curricular aspects of the health care programs at Elmhurst College coupled with individualized student advising contributes to our success, which results in excellent placement rates in professional schools. Although many students are pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, speech-language pathology, exercise science, veterinary medicine, nursing, and other health professions, services are available to any student who wishes to explore or learn about careers in health care before, throughout, and beyond their undergraduate years. The goals are:
Health professions advisors support individuals of all backgrounds by offering and promoting study-abroad experiences, encouraging students to learn multiple languages, providing programs on diversity, advising students on the impact culture has on interpersonal communication, and expecting understanding and respect of others, regardless of their similarities or differences, in the health care setting and beyond. In addition, the staff realize learning about culture is an ongoing process for everyone, and there is no finite point to reach in our knowledge of ourselves and others. Health care is a highly collaborative field, and practitioners must be culturally aware and sensitive to all patients/clients and team members in any medical setting or establishment to effectively fulfill their role. By supporting individuals of all backgrounds, advising helps aid students in their pursuit of serving others in a health related capacity and overall development as globally aware citizens.