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Your Academic Path to a Medical Career

Here are the general academic requirements for a variety of popular health careers. St. Norbert grads have found great success in all these fields!

Profession Bachelor’s required? Post-grad required? Entrance exam? Degree(s) earned Additional years of education Board exams?
Physician Yes Yes MCAT M.D., D.O. 7+ Yes
Physician Assistant Yes Yes Varies, MCAT, GRE P.A. 2+ Yes
Dentist Yes Yes DAT D.D.S., D.M.D. 4 Yes
Pharmacist Yes Yes PCAT Pharm.D. 4* Yes
Occupational Therapist Yes Yes GRE M.O.T., O.T.D. 2-5 Yes
Physical Therapist Yes Yes GRE M.P.T., D.P.T. 2-6 Yes
Psychiatrist Yes Yes MCAT M.D., D.O. 7+ Yes
Chiropractor Yes Yes Varies D.C. 4 Yes
Psychologist Yes Yes GRE M.S., Ph.D. 2-6 Yes
Registered Nurse Yes No Not for B.S.N. B.S.N. If seeking additional degree Yes
Veterinarian Yes Yes GRE D.V.M. 4 Yes
Nurse Practitioner Yes Yes Not for most programs F.N.P. 2 Yes

* Only three years, if you are in the St. Norbert/Medical College of Wisconsin Pharmacy Partnership

Graduates now working in health care include:

Chris Platta, M.D., ’05
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Professional School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – 2009 Radiation Oncologist at Aspirus Regional Cancer Center, Wausau, Wis.
Hometown: Wausau, Wis.

Bradleigh (Zito) Schafer, P.A., ’10
Major: Biology
Professional School: Des Moines University – 2012
Physician Assistant at CEP America, Temecula, Calif.
Hometown: Prentice, Wis.

Aimee D’Amour, D.D.S., ’09
Major: Biology
Professional School: Marquette University School of Dentistry – 2013
Dentist at Midwest Dental, Waunakee, Wis.
Hometown: Kingsford, Mich.

Joshua Kluenker, D.V.M., ’07
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Professional School: University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine – 2011
Veterinarian at Veterinary Associates LLC, Reedsville, Wis.
Hometown: Manitowoc, Wis.

Alex Kocken, D.C., ’10
Majors: Chemistry, Business
Professional School: Northwestern Health Sciences University – 2013
Doctor of Chiropractic at Kocken Chiropractic, De Pere, Wis.
Hometown: Appleton, Wis.

Nicholas Schill, Ph.D., ’03
Major: Natural Sciences
Professional School: University of Wisconsin-Madison – 2009
Senior Principal Engineer at Baxalta Inc. (biopharmaceuticals), Round Lake, Ill.
Hometown: Campellsport, Wis.

Erin Jenewein, O.D., ’04
Major: Biology
Minors: Chemistry, Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Optometry at Salus University College of Optometry, Elkins Park, Pa.
Hometown: Chicago

Ashley Ash Cordier, D.P.T., ’10
Major: Biology
Professional School: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Inpatient Physical Therapist, Aurora Health Care Green Bay, Wis.
Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
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