Health Professions

The Health Professions concentrations allow students in the undergraduate biology and chemistry programs to specialize in a number of health sciences, including:

Shippensburg University has several agreements with health professional schools that may allow you to enter a professional program prior to completing your Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Shippensburg will accept credits transferred from the affiliated program after you complete your first professional year and 90 credits of course work at Ship.

Though admission is not guaranteed, Shippensburg University students are given preferred consideration. We have accelerated articulation agreements with the following professional schools in Pennsylvania, New York, and Missouri:

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Temple University School of Dentistry
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Logan Chiropractic College
  • Thomas Jefferson University - Jefferson College of Health Professions

There are many careers to choose from within the health professions. Here is a short list of career options in the health sciences field:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical Technologist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physical Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Optometrist

Salaries for PA professionals in the health sciences range from $44,000 to $82,000 annually.

Students in the health professions concentration must maintain at least a 2.8 QPA in their major and overall program through graduation. See the Undergraduate Catalog for specific course requirements.  

If you are studying health sciences at Shippensburg University, you are welcome to join the Health Sciences Club. This organization hosts professional program representatives and health care practitioners who discuss admissions procedures and criteria, as well as career opportunities.

Department of Biology
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