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Careers in health care and medicine

Students in lab coats standing in hallway at the University of Waterloo

As a Waterloo graduate, you'll be well prepared to pursue your dream career in health care. With our 100+ programs, School of Optometry and Vision Science, and co-op School of Pharmacy, Waterloo can help you get there.

4 steps to careers in health care

1. Review professional programs

Do you want to be a physician? Dentist? Physiotherapist? Research your health profession schools of choice to see what's available and figure out the difference between each school while reaffirming your desire to study in that specific field. Here are a few resources to get you started.

 

2. Understand the professional school admission requirements

Once you determine the professional schools that you're interested in attending, learn about the admission requirements. Each school has its own set of criteria – often both academic and non-academic – that you must meet in order to be considered for admission. For example, you may need to take specific courses and labs (e.g. biology, kinesiology, organic chemistry, etc.).


3. Consider the possibilities

Now that you know the requirements for admission, find undergraduate programs that meet the academic criteria and that interest you the most. Make note of programs that may help you meet the requirements faster than others, and how you can use electives to obtain the necessary courses.

Some programs have built-in flexibility while others are more rigid. Find programs that align with your goals and desired time frames.

Health professions and Waterloo programs that can be good preparation 

 

4. Study what you love

Choose an undergraduate program that enables you to study your passion. A good place to start is to look at Waterloo's health-related programs. Over time, you’ll refine your interests and learn about the many career options available in health-related fields – some may even be brand new to you. 


Why study health at Waterloo?

Learn by doing

More than 120 courses include labs – and you'll learn even more through North America's largest co-op program.

Receive outstanding support

Advisors can help you plan the steps towards your dream career. Meet like-minded students through clubs such as pre-med, pre-optometry, or pre-pharmacy.

 

Customize your path

Choose from nine programs plus many more specializations, minors, and options. After two or three years of university, you can apply to one of our professional programs: Pharmacy or Optometry.

Participate in research

Work with professors and researchers to help launch new discoveries. Or bring your own ideas to life: create your own health or life sciences startup through Velocity Science or GreenHouse.

 

Download or request our Pathways to Health Professions brochure to learn more about preparing for careers in health.

Questions about Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Honours Science, Life Physics, or Psychology

Email science@uwaterloo.ca or call 519-888-4567, ext. 36243

Questions about Health Studies, Kinesiology, or Therapeutic Recreation?

Email ahsinfo@uwaterloo.ca or call 519-888-4567, ext. 36220