The Health Professions concentration offers students a focused, effective start to a career in healthcare. The curriculum includes courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and liberal arts, as well as application-based coursework in healthcare. Within Health Professions students have the opportunity to participate in health-related student organizations, gain real-world experience through undergraduate practicums and internships, and conduct undergraduate research with UH West O‘ahu and UH System Faculty and Scholars.
Students can choose to specialize in one of several plans of study including pre-nursing, pre-physicians assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, or pre-medical. A General Health Sciences plan is designed to prepare pre-nursing students for nursing academic pathways. Other specializations, or tracks, allow the student to follow a clear career path and fulfill potential prerequisites necessary for graduate and/or professional school in medicine and health sciences. Students interested in graduate and/or professional school in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies may opt to follow a pre-health focus, which includes courses required for entrance into graduate school.
Graduates are prepared for entry-level career opportunities in healthcare and health-related services or for entry into graduate and professional programs.
Students who successfully complete the program will be certified in CPR/AED and First Aid, trained in Bloodborne pathogen safety, and may be eligible to apply to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.