Students at Simpson College will find the basic science coursework that will prepare them for graduate study in the health professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, and physician assistant . Students can best prepare for these graduate programs in the health sciences by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology or biochemistry at Simpson College. Working with an academic advisor is very important when considering a pre-professional program. Faculty in the Biology and Chemistry programs will assist students in planning for these pre-professional programs by identifying required and recommended coursework and sponsoring undergraduate research and internships. Our highly qualified faculty remains current in their field of study through active research programs and professional development. Core features of our Engaged Citizenship curriculum at Simpson College include experiential learning and embedded skills (collaborative leadership, critical thinking, intercultural communication, oral and written communication) that prepare our students for medical school. Our alumni have entered tracks of distinction at regional medical schools in areas such as research, global health, humanities and teaching because of the strong liberal arts foundation and core values fostered at Simpson College. Our alumni have matriculated in nationally recognized medical and graduate programs (University of Iowa, Des Moines University, University of Missouri Columbia, Creighton University, Rush Medical College, University of Vermont, Washington State University, Duke University, Loyola University). They have gone on to complete residencies in radiology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, OB/GYN, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and family practice. Students have completed internships at regional biotechnology corporations and our graduates have entered the workforce and moved on to management positions quickly at places like Integrated DNA Technologies, Kemin Industries, Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred and Biotronic. A new internship partnership with Mercy Clinics in the greater Des Moines area provides three Pre-Health and three Pre-Physical Therapy Internships each semester. Students complete 120 hours of on-site experiences at a local Mercy Clinic where they gain valuable professional and clinical skills. Students regularly attend seminars given by Mercy Clinic staff on current trends in health systems management and methods for improving patient outcomes and interventions. The Pre-Health Society, a student organization, in conjunction with the Simpson College Career Services office coordinates opportunities for professional networking and career preparation. These activities include mock-interviews, campus visits to regional medical schools, presentations from alumni in medical/professional school, MCAT and application preparation workshops, and CPR certification.
Here's how Simpson's programs stand out:
- Small class and laboratory sizes allow faculty to provide individualized attention to each student.
- Our faculty serve as pre-professional advisors who will personally help students throughout their graduate school search and application processes.
- Our innovative curriculum emphasizes valuable research and clinical experience, which makes our students attractive to professional schools across the country.
- Science faculty have led students on May Term travel courses to Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Belize, Australia, Borneo, Namibia, Madagascar, Peru, Denmark, Netherlands, Iceland.
- Our courses are designed to foster independent and creative thinking, the requirements necessary to build a firm foundation in preparing students for professional schools.