Health Professions Advising

University of Dubuque Health Professions Advising

This webpage is a resource for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions and for the faculty and staff members who advise these students.   This page and the links contained within provide general information that all students considering a career in the health professions will find useful in determining whether or not a specific career is right for them.

Follow the links below to begin exploring your interests in the health professions!

So you want to pursue a career in health care? 

Discover what it means to be a health care professional and what it takes to get there! Click Here 

Choosing a major

While it’s true that no single major is preferred over others when it comes to acceptance to professional school, some majors, including Biology and Human Health Sciences, cover most, if not all, prerequisite course requirements for admission to many health professions programs.  Students are strongly encouraged to pursue subjects in which they both perform well in and are passionate about.  Undergraduate majors are often avenues to Plan B careers should professional school not work out. 

Think you’ve got the right stuff? 

Check out these eight pre-health tracks! 

|  Pre-Medical  |  Pre-Physician Assistant  |  Pre-Pharmacy  |  Pre-Dental  |
|  Pre-Physical Therapy  |  Pre-Occupational Therapy  |  Pre-Optometry  |  Pre-Veterinary  |

Still not sure if a career in health care is right for you? 

Discover careers based on your interests and skills by visiting the Career Cruising website!  Follow the directions in the link to log on and complete the Matchmaker assessment and Skills assessment. Click Here

Reflect on your list of careers provided by the Matchmaker assessment.  Gain insight into the suitability of a career based on your responses to the assessments by clicking on the career (or searching the career in the Search bar) and selecting the “Suitable for You?” link.

Additional Resources

Explore a vast array of health care related careers at www.explorehealthcareers.org.

Check out the University of Dubuque’s Master in Physician Assistant Studies page! 


If you have questions, please email Rob Larocco at rlarocco@dbq.edu