The health science program invites students to pursue or design a major of their choice while receiving in-depth studies in the sciences. Our graduates are well-rounded and prepared to meet the challenges of professional programs in the health sciences.
90% of applicants are accepted
into health science programs.
So you want to be a health care provider?
- Austin College Health Professions Advising Guides
[MD, DO, DDS, PA]
- Exploring Health Careers JanTerm course
This course, designed primarily for freshmen, offers an in-depth exploration of various healthcare careers. Healthcare is a growing and complex field comprising numerous and varied professions beyond primary care and surgery. Through reading, discussion, collaborative work, and presentations by local practitioners, students will expand their understanding of healthcare and engage with difficult social, ethical, economic, scientific, and political issues facing the healthcare system today.
- Health Science Professions Information
About Health Sciences Advising
Advising begins your first week on campus and continues until you matriculate to professional school.
The Health Sciences program at Austin College provides advising and support for all students (and alums) who are interested in applying to professional school in a healthcare field. We meet regularly with students, in both group and one-on-one settings, beginning in the first week of a student’s first semester.
During the application year, we offer workshops on: readiness evaluation; the application process; professional school interviews; gap-year options; and the personal statement. In addition, the Pre-Health committee will conduct mock interviews with students applying to professional programs. Advisors are experienced across all curricula.
Meet the Advisors
Meet Our Alumni
Marlene Garcia ’07
Marlene Garcia, Austin College Class of 2006, grew up in a poor community of El Paso, Texas, and doctor visits were rare, but the occasional encounter was life changing: she determined to become a physician—and she’s almost there. In her final year of internal medicine training at UT Southwestern Medical School, she has been accepted… [Read More]
Amit Masand ’04
Amit Masand ’04 enrolled in University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas after completing his Austin College degree with majors in business and biology. He completed his M.D. in 2008 and is an internal medicine resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Amit’s education, including international study, prepared him for more than medical… [Read More]
Andrew French ’01
Andrew French completed his medical degree at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, graduating in 2006, and began participating in the prestigious Denver Health Residency Program in Emergency Medicine. There he began a leadership development program for young doctors that could be implemented for doctors across the country. He graduated in 2019 with an MBA… [Read More]
Sarah Chilmeran ’10
Sarah Chilmeran says her Austin College education played a big role in helping her achieve her dream of becoming a dentist. She was able to explore her future career, shadowing dentists during Career Study Off Campus (CSOC) experiences in Syria, Costa Rica, and North Texas. She was president of the Pre-Dental Society, which also allowed… [Read More]
Alexander Lazar ’90
Alex came to Austin College in 1986 knowing he wanted to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. He had already worked in biomedical research as a high school student and earned a scholarship to Austin College from the King Foundation. So, he took all the required math and science for medical school, but beyond that, he pursued a… [Read More]
Matthew Ellington ’06
A degree in mathematics and a four-year college football career might not be the background for most physicians. Not only was Matthew Ellington on the Austin College NCAA Division III football team, he started at center for four years and served as a team captain as a senior. He knows well the important lessons a… [Read More]
Dilan S. Shah ’17
After graduating in 2017 with a degree in Molecular Biology, I worked for one year and spent another backpacking around the globe to continue growing the sense of global citizenship I learned at Austin College. Now, I am a first year medical student (MS1), Dorman Scholar, and member of the inaugural class at the TCU… [Read More]
Rathna Nuti ’09
Rathna Nuti ’09 was accepted to Texas Tech University School of Medicine (TTSOM) in Lubbock through the early acceptance agreement between Austin College and TTSOM. After medical school, she spent three years in a Family & Community Medicine residency at UT Southwestern and then a Sports Medicine fellowship at Drexel in Philadelphia. She is currently with… [Read More]
George Zoys ’91
George Zoys ’91 is one of the best in his craft—no bones about it. Actually, he’s all about bones. George is one of Dallas’ top orthopedic surgeons; he’s been included in D Magazine’s Best Doctors list five times. As an orthopedic surgeon, he focuses on repairing bones and joints. He performs hip replacements, sports medicine,… [Read More]
Brittney Keel ’10
After graduating from Austin College I went on to Grayson and obtained my Associates of Science in Nursing. Once I graduated from Grayson I went to work for Carrus Specialty Hospital for 3 years and now I am at Baylor Scott and White as a Recovery Room/ Pre-Op nurse.
Ashley Overturf ’11
Ashley Overturf is a 2011 graduate who double majored in psychology and Spanish. She attended graduate school at Texas Woman’s University—Dallas where she obtained a masters degree in occupational therapy (OT). She is an occupational therapist at Parkland Hospital where she has helped develop and expand inpatient psychiatric OT services while also working on the… [Read More]
Victoria Campbell Slowinski ’17
I graduation from Austin College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. I began Physician Assistant Studies in 2018 at Chatham University and am currently working through clinical rotations. My anticipated graduation and white coat ceremony is July 2020. Austin College provided me with an environment that not only welcomed but encouraged… [Read More]
Joel Barrett ‘16
I graduated from Austin College in 2016 with a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology. I went on to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and School of Medicine and am currently completing clinical rotations in Amarillo, Texas. I expect to receive my Medical Doctorate in May of 2020 and apply for residency training… [Read More]
Akshay Shetty ’17
I graduation from Austin College in 2017 with a degree in Biology. I joined the St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2018 and will graduate with my MD in 2022. Austin College was a rigorous course load, however, it greatly prepared me for the course load of Medical School.
David Savage ’07
A computer science and biochemistry major at Austin College, David Savage ’07 earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical Scientist Training Program at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School and the MD Anderson Cancer Center UT Health Graduate School of Biomedical Science in 2018. After a two-year residency in internal medicine at the… [Read More]
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