UNH Health Professions Program prepares students for professional or graduate programs

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Students in the lab at UNH Manchester

Nearly half of employees in the U.S. are thinking of changing careers, according to data collected by Microsoft. If you’re one of those people, there are a couple reasons to consider a career in healthcare. For one, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects healthcare fields to add more jobs than any other occupational group. Another reason: the Health Professions Program at UNH was created specifically for this career change.

Offered on both the Manchester and Durham campuses, the Health Professions Program is designed to help students who have a bachelor's degree pursue professional or graduate study in various health fields. This individualized, hands-on program is intended for students to fulfill prerequisite courses or strengthen their academic record to gain admission to medical, dental, veterinary, advanced nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, optometry and other health care programs.

UNH students boast higher-than-average acceptance rates to medical school, dental school and physician assistant programs, with UNH graduates enrolled in professional programs at Tufts, Dartmouth, Harvard and more.

At UNH Manchester, experiential learning is built into the teaching philosophy. Health Professions students build skills in state-of-the-art labs stocked with the latest, cutting-edge equipment and learn from faculty who specialize in their disciplines.

“This idea of experiential learning and learning hands-on is incredibly valuable,” says Kyle MacLea, associate professor of biology and biotechnology. “It’s a good opportunity for students to explore things they’re interested in while preparing for graduate programs.”

In addition to on-campus offerings, UNH Manchester is minutes from health facilities that offer internships, job shadows and career opportunities to UNH students.

Learn more about the Health Professions Program and how it can prepare you for your future in healthcare by contacting unhm.admissions@unh.edu or (603) 641-4150.