Health Professions Advising

Prepare for a Career in Health Care

Whether you know exactly what you want to do or have limited knowledge of the opportunities in health care, health professions advising will guide you all the way—from your selection of courses, internships and fieldwork to applications for post-graduate study or a job search.

  • Health professions advising, a component of the Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence, brings together students from across the health care spectrum for an innovative mix of academic and co-curricular programs.
  • We offer a wide range of professional and preprofessional programs to prepare you for a successful career in any area of health care—including medicine, dentistry, speech-language pathology, exercise science, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing and more.
  • We also offer a medical humanities minor to support your ongoing examination of ethical issues. No matter which program you choose, you’ll gain first-hand experience through internships and fieldwork at some of the nation’s leading hospitals and organizations. You’ll participate in seminars and workshops and meet professionals in your field of interest. And you’ll build a strong portfolio of work to show to professional schools or future employers.
  • Along the way, you’ll meet regularly with an expert health professions advisor, starting as early as your first week on campus. Your advisor will help you refine your career goals and chart an academic and co-curricular course to achieve them.

Mission and Diversity Statements

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:

  • To meet society’s need for more health care professionals by increasing the number of students pursuing health care careers at Elmhurst
  • To provide specialized advising, both academic and career, and a program of activities, events and speakers, which informs students about the health care professions
  • To house appropriate resources and information about professional school programs, contacts and admissions criteria
  • To identify and provide access for students to existing clinical practicums, research and other health-related co-curricular activities
  • To encourage and support the development of new academic and clinical programs and affiliations
  • To coordinate the evaluations and recommendation committee system for health care students and to centralize the disbursement for confidential letters of recommendation

Health professions advisers 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.

Erica Ashauer

Director, Health Professions Advising
Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence

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