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Health Sciences

Want to sit in a classroom for four years learning about one subject day in and day out? Then Drake’s Health Sciences program is not for you.

Here you’ll gain extensive knowledge and a solid scientific background in several fields. And you’ll put that knowledge to work with hands-on experiences long before you graduate—putting you ahead of your peers when it comes time to enter whatever health care career you choose.


Play the field

Students interested in health care and eager to explore the many options this career path holds can delve into multiple areas and discover their passion(s) in Drake’s health sciences program. In this four-year degree program, you’ll develop the knowledge base, skill sets, and professional experiences necessary for success in a variety of health care-related fields. You’ll participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines coursework in the biomedical, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences with business, health care management, and health behavior, giving you a well-rounded education that will set you ahead of your peers.


Learn while you work (and vice versa)

Every one of our students (really, 100%) of our students complete at least one professional internship during their time at Drake. In the early stages of the program, you’ll experience the world of health sciences through job shadowing, career mentoring, and project development. Later, you’ll participate in work experiences in areas related to your own career interests. Students in the clinical and applied sciences track participate in rotation-style experiences associated with major medical centers and local clinics. Students following the health services management track are placed at sites associated with health insurance, information management, health systems management, or public health. Either way, you’ll spend a lot of time out of the classroom putting your skills to work.

Of course, you’ll benefit from the experiences that all Drake Bulldogs enjoy—mentorship from professors at the top of their field; résumé-worthy internships, research experiences, and other professional preparation; opportunities to learn while serving the community; and January Term experiences that immerse you into the fascinating topics—and locations—you choose.


So. Many. Opportunities.

Graduates of the health sciences program enjoy success in a wide range of careers including allied health (physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, optometrist, clinical and laboratory sciences, etc.) and primary care (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, etc.) Others work in the health insurance industry, public health agencies, hospital administration, health care management, and health education, among others.


Admission Calendar and Events

Tour Drake...

Monday-Friday - Individual Visits

Oct. 19 - Campus Preview Half-Day

Oct.20- Campus Preview Half-Day

Nov. 9 - Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day

Nov. 9 - Business Blue Chip Corporate Challenge

Nov. 10 - Music Audition Day

Nov. 13 - Campus Preview Day

 ...Drake on Tour


Oct.29 -Drake on the Road: Saint Louis


Learn more:

Health Sciences Website

Cassity Gutierrez
Phone: 515-271-1886

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