Pre-Professional Programs

Careers in law or health professions require a bachelor's degree followed by specialized graduate training. While at Wells, you can start preparing for your career in these fields by developing skills and learning about the professional world.
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Alicin Welsh, Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services

Wells' pre-professional programs provide students with an opportunity for a well-rounded education that will be an invaluable resource throughout their working career and all aspects of their life. The particular coursework, internships, and experiential training a student will need depends on the graduate program they are interested in. Wells College offers tailored, individualized guidance to help students prepare for their dream career: our faculty advisors are here to help.


Advisor: Brad Frazier, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Wells College is a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-law Advisers and offers counseling to students who wish to pursue the graduate study of law. The pre-law advisers assist students in planning their undergraduate programs, preparing for the LSAT, and completing law school applications. Students intending to prepare for law school may begin working with the advisers in their first year. Special programs held on campus will introduce students to representatives from law schools and to Wells College alumnae/i who have completed law school. Wells College also participates in Law School Day at Cornell University each fall.

The preparation for law school at Wells is based upon the Association of Law Schools' recommendation that a broad liberal arts curriculum best prepares students for the multi-disciplinary study of law. In addition to the student's major area of study, the student is encouraged to participate in the Wells College internship program and gain practical experience in a law-related setting.

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Health Professions (including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and other health professions)

Advisors: Associate Professor Stiadle, Associate Professor Gagnon, Assistant Professor Blake-Hodek, Assistant Professor Sarah Markowitz, Director of Experiential Learning and Career Services Alicin Welsh, and Director of Academic Advising and Success Nicole Pellegrino
The Wells College Pre-health Advisory Group provides advice to students interested in the health professions. As an adjunct to the regular academic advisor, a member of this group also serves as the student's individual advisor in all matters related to this career choice.

Medical schools recommend an undergraduate preparation that combines a thorough grounding in science, breadth and depth of study in the liberal arts, and a major that matches the interest and aptitude of the student. A course of studies that meets medical and dental school admissions requirements and prepares students for nationally administered admissions examinations normally includes two semesters each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and English. Pre-veterinary study would consist of these 10 courses and also a semester of microbiology and/or biochemistry. Many other health professions schools (e.g. schools of optometry, osteopathy, and chiropractic) have similar requirements.

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Education Program (including Childhood, Teaching Students with Disabilities, and Adolescence certification)

The Wells education program is designed to train professional educators for the demands of the 21st century. Wells prepares teachers to have critical understanding of current theory and to be responsive and skilled practitioners. The program at Wells is registered with New York State and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Students who complete the program and pass the required New York State examinations qualify for initial New York State certifications in general Childhood Education (grades 1-6 ), Teaching Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6) or Adolescence Education (grades 7-12 in key content areas).

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Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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