Developing Future Health Practitioners
Some students enter college with a very specific major in mind. Others need time and start the college journey with only a general idea of what interests them. Approximately 25% of Taylor’s freshmen class joins our community with an interest in the health sciences but may need some time to decide which specific major to declare. That’s why Taylor uses cross-departmental collaboration to help students build a four-year plan to prepare them for graduate school - whether medical, PA, PT, dental, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, research programs, and more.
At Taylor, we’re 100% committed to helping you find your specific calling in health care. You will have many options, and we’re here to help you discover your best path. As a student-focused university, we’ll be there to advise and support you throughout the entire process—all the way through applying to graduate school.
Graduate-level lab equipment
Hands-on clinical experience
Add Pre-Med Curriculum to any major
Medical schools are searching for academically qualified candidates who also bring relevant non-academic experiences to the table—experiences that demonstrate a natural curiosity, sense of empathy, understanding of leadership in the community, involvement with people in need, etc. Essentially, medical schools want highly committed applicants who have a nuanced understanding of what it means to be a physician.
Taylor University has proven to be an excellent place to prepare for a career in medicine. During the most recent four years, 94% of students who successfully completed the Pre-Med Curriculum were accepted into professional schools to study medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. Learn more about studying pre-med at Taylor.
Health Science Majors
Health Science Minors
Get patient care hours, even as an undergraduate. Through interdisciplinary programs, you will have the ability to gain top-of-the-line, hands-on experience in training clients in better health practices, assisting in rehabilitation of hospital patients, or teaching community members how to prevent and/or treat chronic disease.
Invitation (Diabetes Prevention Program)
Invitation pairs trained students with Grant County and Blackford County residents. Patients and students meet one-on-one to discuss nutrition, lifestyle, and other types of wellness education. The curriculum, approved by the Center for Disease Control, is designed to help individuals at risk of diabetes or other chronic diseases. Participating students take a semester-long training course that covers nutrition education principles, behavior modifications, listening skills, exercise prescription, and medical ethics.
In collaboration with Ball Memorial Hospital (part of IU Health), this program brings patients to campus for a sustained maintenance cardiac rehab program, which focuses primarily on exercise. Students work with a member of Ball Memorial’s cardiopulmonary team to provide patients with appropriately tailored exercise sessions. The students check patients’ vital signs and monitor them during exercise.
Our students take part in hospital internships at Marion General Hospital and Ball Memorial Hospital that provide valuable observations and experiences. Assist cardiopulmonary teams in a variety of cardiac rehabilitation opportunities—including cardiovascular surgery, echocardiograms, heart catheterization, nutrition and chronic disease coaching, and bariatric and oncology services.
Fit into Health
A personal training program run by exercise science students, Fit into Health helps adults looking to maintain and improve their health. Students assess their clients’ fitness and health and design workouts to help them reach their fitness and health goals. One-on-one exercise sessions take place in the Kesler Student Activities Center.
This pediatric weight management program is a family-based, clinical program provided in partnership with Marion Pediatrics. Students, who are supervised by faculty, coach young children, teenagers, and their families to create and sustain healthy movement, dietary, and sleep habits to help the children improve their weight and overall health.
Students have ample opportunities to work with faculty in conducting research in health science fields, such as analyzing how disruptions in cellular processes lead to disease and studying the functions of the malaria pathogen. Students can also apply for research fellowships at scientific institutions or earn academic credit conducting immersive public health research in international settings.
Building a deeper understanding of the health sciences means exploring how different cultures approach medical care and disease. Taylor offers both long- and short-term overseas experiences to Ecuador, Uganda, and other locations to expand students’ global awareness and understanding of how to use their healthcare skills in the real world.
How We Approach Teaching Health
Health has many definitions, but the Gospel leads us to view “human health” as the reconciling of relationships among God, our neighbor, Creation, and our self. Studying health sciences within a Christian liberal arts setting allows students to participate in this reconciliation-ministry by understanding how the skills and knowledge acquired through their education can be used to help others move toward optimal health, healing, and wholeness. Our students learn—through global health opportunities, local preventive medicine and clinical experiences, research opportunities, and classroom development—to articulate a clear theological framework for defining and improving human health.