Clinical Healthcare professions include: doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, podiatrists, occupational and physical therapy, physician assistant training, athletic training, and other sport and/or health-related professions.

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Willamette students interested in clinical healthcare careers do internship at locations around Salem, OR throughout the academic year and pursue numerous summer opportunities. Courses offered through programs like Exercise and Health Science helps students to connect with local Physical Therapy and healthcare clinics. 

Students interested in building experience can consider the following:

WEMS (Willamette Emergency Medical Service)

Willamette’s student-run organization providing emergency services to the Willamette community and visitors.

Burning Bright

This student-run organization provides opportunities to work with seriously ill children.

IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement, student chapter)

Student chapter of a national organization whose mission is to improve healthcare education and delivery worldwide.

Service/Volunteer Opportunities in the Salem Area

Graduate School Resources

Most Willamette students interested in clinical healthcare professions pursue advanced education in their specific field of interest. These resources can help students explore possible career options: 

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MCAT (The Medical College Admissions Test)

Students interested in medical school immediately after Willamette should prepare to take the MCAT the end of their junior year. Those students who intend to take a gap year after their undergraduate studies should plan to apply spring of senior year.


Willamette University has a pre-health club and advisor who organizes events, workshops, provides resources for students interested in health professions. 

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