Information for Freshmen Students
Does Western offer a professional program in physical therapy, occupational therapy or any of the other allied health or medical professions?
Western Washington University does not offer any allied health or medical programs. We do have many students at WWU who are planning on applying to an allied health professional program after they graduate. These students are completing specific requirements at Western that will meet the prerequisites for entry into a professional program such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, naturopathy, medical school or nursing. Students complete their undergraduate degree to fulfill the requirements for entry into graduate professional programs in the allied health or medical fields.
What major should I pursue if I am planning on applying to an allied health professional program?
Students can enter many of the allied health or medical professions from most any major. Some majors are more practical since they contain many or all of the prerequisites within the major. To gain entry in an allied health program, the basic requirements are the undergraduate degree, completion of a specific set of prerequisites for entry into the program and volunteer experience working with professionals in the field. Examples of majors that cover some or all of the prerequisites include: Bio-Anthropology, Biology, Community Health and Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy, and Kinesiology/Pre-Health Care Professions.
What classes should I take my first quarter?
If you can start the general chemistry series (Chem 121) and work towards having a good math basis by taking Math 114, or pre-requisites for it, you will be getting a good start. Psychology 101 can also be completed your first quarter, if you have room for it. Your Summerstart Advisor can assist you with planning your first term schedule, including GURs, and once you are up on campus, it is advisable that you seek advising with a pre-allied health advisor, and in your department if you have decided on a major.
Declaring a Major
It is to your advantage to declare a major as soon as possible. This will allow you to seek specific advising in the department and to plan out your academic schedule plan. You will also gain access to classes that are restricted to majors only. If you need help deciding on a major, you are invited to contact Sherena.Geariety@wwu.edu (CV 102, 360-650-3505) for assistance connecting with an advisor.
How to declare a Major
Contact the department to declare a major. Most majors have a set of prerequisites that you must complete prior to official entry into the program. Once you have declared a major, take advantage of the major advising system in your respective department and seek advising on a regular basis from your assigned major advisor. It is also suggested that you complete a plan of study that will guide you through the major.
Examples of majors that cover some or all of the prerequisites include: Bio-Anthropology, Biology, Community Health, Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy, and Kinesiology/Pre-Health Care Professions.
- Kinesiology: See Sherena Geariety in Carver 102 to be assigned an advisor.
- Biology: Access these links for information
- Anthropology/Biology: Pick up major forms at the Anthropology Office, Arntzen Hall 315
- Psychology: Major declaration information can be obtained on the Psychology Department web site