Health Professions

Assumption University recognizes the importance of preparing students academically, personally and ethically for meaningful careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and nursing, to name a few.

Have you always dreamed of becoming a doctor? Or, perhaps, you’ve pictured yourself as a dentist, physician assistant or nurse. Assumption has a strong tradition of preparing students for graduate school and successful careers in healthcare.

To accomplish this, our highly credentialed professors work closely with you to plan your course of study. The array of science classes and laboratory credits available in our state-of-the-art Testa Science Center can fulfill the requirements for admission to the medical or professional school of your choice.

Assumption has established numerous agreements with programs in the health professions to provide a smooth transition from your undergraduate degree to entering the graduate school of your choice.  Students interested in Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Physician Assistant Studies, Nursing, or Biotechnology should discuss these agreements with the Health Professions Advisor, Professor Steven Theroux.

In addition, we offer you many valuable opportunities to obtain hands-on experience in the life sciences industry of Worcester, Massachusetts. There also are faculty-student research opportunities right on campus. Academic rigor and practical experience provide Assumption students with noteworthy achievements for their graduate school applications.

Combined with a degree in Science, Psychology, or Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, the concentration in Pre-Clinical Health Professions is designed to help students begin a career or enter graduate school in one of the health professions by preparing them to earn good grades and strong scores on graduate school admissions tests and interviews.

To prepare for rigorous graduate school entrance exams, students may work with Kaplan Test Prep, which has offered Assumption students discounted courses for several graduate school tests. In-person tutelage on test-taking strategy is mixed with content review and intensive drilling to ensure strong results. Preparatory courses are offered for the MCAT, DAT, GRE, and several other areas.

Assumption offers the following Articulation Agreements for admission to graduate programs in the health professions.

School Program
Northeastern University M.S. In Allied Health Professions
New York Chiropractic College Doctor of Chiropractic
Bridgeport University Doctor of Chiropractic
American University of Antigua Doctor of Allopathic Medicine
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Doctor of Optometry
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies
Western New England University M.S. in Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Pharmacy
New England College of Optometry Doctor of Optometry
University of St. Joseph Doctor of Pharmacy
Barry University Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Regis College M.S. in Occupational Therapy
M.S. in Regulatory and Clinical Research Management
M.S. in Molecular Imaging
American International College M.S. in Exercise Science
Program Contact

Steven Theroux, Ph.D

Professor of Biology
508-767-7545 Testa Science Center - Room 202

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Program Curriculum

  • Health Professions Program Requirements

    • Complete the required coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better overall and a GPA of 3.0 or better in the major.
    • Successfully finish a major in biology; biology with a concentration in neuroscience and behavior; biotechnology and molecular biology; chemistry; psychology; psychology with a concentration in the brain, cognition, and behavior; or human services and rehabilitation studies.
    • Successfully complete “HSC 100 Systems Approach to Delivering Health Care” course.
    • Submit a statement indicating that the prerequisite courses required for admission to a particular health professions graduate program were successfully completed.


    Academic Catalog & Advising Guide


Kristi Kinsella
Adjunct Faculty HSRS

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Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

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Faculty/Student Research

The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment.

Study Abroad

At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.


Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

Pathways to Success

Assumption’s outstanding science programs, strong liberal arts curriculum, and experience with internships prepare you for the rigors of graduate school. Below find a list of recent internship sites.

Blue Sky Biotech

GLSynthesis Inc.

Harvard University

New England Aquarium

Office of the Massachusetts Medical Examiner

Red Sox Assistant Medical Director

University of Massachusetts Medical School

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Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.

Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost

We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.

Career Paths

Academic Partnerships

Assumption has established partnerships with other renowned universities to provide our graduates with seats in a variety of health profession graduate programs:
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry

Graduate School

The Health Sciences Program at Assumption University combines interdisciplinary coursework with meaningful fieldwork. You’ll gain knowledge of the natural sciences, disease and disability and health care delivery and care models, as well as the economics, ethics, and policies that drive our global health care systems. This knowledge and the skills you develop will prepare you for graduate school, positions in the healthcare industry and beyond.

Graduate Schools 

  • Boston University School of Dental Medicine
  • Dartmouth College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences National Institutes of Health post-baccalaureate fellowship Cummings School of
  • Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Yale University

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