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From dentistry to medicine to nursing and occupational therapy, you have several paths to explore and discover before graduation. 

Healthcare careers are on the rise, too. By 2026, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this occupational group to add more jobs than any other.

Academic opportunities

An education at Willamette prepares you to adapt and be flexible — valuable skills in a world where technology shifts transform industries and alter job responsibilities.

Whatever academic program you pursue, classes and experiences are designed to connect across disciplines. Critical thinking, problem-solving and team-building are essential to successful careers. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to build these skills through on- and off-campus experiences here.

Majors like biologychemistry, and exercise and health science offer the scientific background you need to delve into health-related science. These majors can also prepare you for potential post-graduate programs.

Our proximity to Salem Hospital also provides an outstanding opportunity for volunteer experiences, and the Health Professions program offers you support as you navigate potential internships and the professional/graduate school application process.

Cocurricular options and resources 

Our real-world experiences outside of class help you develop valuable skills for your career — and give you a head start. 

Travis Stiles ’05

Alumni Story: Biotechnology

Travis Stiles ’05

Stiles, an exercise science major, pursued a medical research career after his fraternity brother was diagnosed with a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Stiles later created a biotech company that developed drugs targeted at preventing nerve damage and nerve repair. In 2017, Johnson & Johnson named him on its “Under 40 to Watch” list.

Emmanuel Rodriguez ’15

Alumni Story: Public Health

Emmanuel Rodriguez ’15

Rodriguez, an exercise science major, divided his undergraduate years between health career studies and volunteering to make the campus a better place for everyone, including first generation students. After graduation, he completed a two-year fellowship in Ohio through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He continues to pursue a healthcare career through more education at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.

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