Academic Catalog

Pre-Professional Health Sciences

Program Description

John Douglass, PhD and Ben McFarland, PhD, PPHS Directors

Pre-Professional Health Sciences Website

The Pre-Professional Health Sciences (PPHS) program at SPU offers specialized advising and coursework to prepare students for graduate-level professional training in a wide variety of health care fields. Our graduates become physicians, veterinarians, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, public health specialists, dentists, pharmacists, genetic counselors, podiatrists, and optometrists. Over the last five years, SPU students have achieved an acceptance rate of 90% for admission to medical schools, compared to a national average of about 40%.

SPU believes that students applying to professional schools should demonstrate academic competence, a willingness to serve others, and a familiarity with the demands of their chosen profession. Accordingly, the PPHS program helps guide students to succeed in appropriate academic coursework, to commit to volunteer service, and to observe professionals at work. Above all, students are encouraged to use their college experience as a time to develop a strong sense of vocation and the ability to clearly articulate their professional and personal goals.

Faculty Advisors

Tracie Delgado, PhD, Faculty Advisor

Ryan Ferrer, PhD, Faculty Advisor

Wade Grabow, PhD, Faculty Advisor

Jenny Tenlen, PhD, Faculty Advisor

Cara Wall-Scheffler, PhD, Faculty Advisor

Derek Wood, PhD, Faculty Advisor