Health professions

Micah and Ariel Kennel Boehr

Micah '08 and Ariel Kennel Boehr '06 continued their education at Ohio University. >>>tell me more

A pre-medicine major will prepare you for medical school. It combines chemistry, biology and physics courses and is a good plan to follow if you are quite sure about attending medical school. However, upon graduation you will be several courses short of either a biology or chemistry degree. If you then elect not to attend medical school, the employment options are uncertain.

Medical schools do not require a pre-medicine major and most Bluffton students who have entered health professions have majored in biology or chemistry or both.

Justin KauffmanOur students

Justin Kauffman ’20, a biology major from Smithville, Ohio, gained vocational experience in the field of dentistry by volunteering at a free community clinic. Kauffman has been interested in dentistry since the eighth grade.  

"The grant allowed me to take a break from wage work to spend a plentiful amount of time near the chair and in the rooms. It allowed me to make school loan payments and pay my cost of living while not having an income throughout the experience." >>>Justin's story


Admission to professional schools after college typically requires good performance on an exam such as the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT) or the Dental College Aptitude Test (DCAT), a good GPA and good performance in specific chemistry, physics and biology courses. Students who have completed science degrees at Bluffton with GPA of B+ or better have had nearly 100 percent success rates for acceptance into medical schools.

Career options include, but are not limited to:
  • Medical school
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmaceutical research

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FOUR-YEAR PLANS are provided as a guideline for your course selection - pre-med major, biology/pre-med double major or chemistry/pre-med double major (odd years); pre-med major, biology/pre-med double major or chemistry/pre-med double major (even years.)

The Dr. John Kraft Award
support for Bluffton graduates who attend medical school

A university endowment funded by Dr. John Kraft, class of 1958, provides a $5,000 loan/grant to a graduating senior who enrolls in and completes one full year of medical school. This financial support is awarded in the form of a loan that is cancelled upon completion of the first year of medical school. Recipients are chosen by a faculty award selection committee in consultation with the academic dean. Interested students should contact the pre-med program advisor for more information or to apply for this award.

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