Career Planning

Health Sciences - Career Planning

Career Overview for the HESC Major

The Health Science major helps students prepare for postgraduate programs and careers in the healthcare field. Through rigorous coursework in biology, chemistry, psychology, and statistics, students develop a deep understanding of the physical and mental functioning of the human body.

Students also have an opportunity to learn about healthcare professions through the required internship experience, where they gain hands-on experience in healthcare settings. The time spent in these internships serves numerous purposes by giving an opportunity to experience life in their chosen fields before committing to it by joining a graduate program, earning college credit for their efforts, and these experiences often count toward clinical hours required of applicants for graduate programs in the medical field. Through coursework, hands-on experiences in internships, and the integrative, interdisciplinary experiences offered in the senior seminar, students develop skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and written and oral communication that prepare them well for careers in healthcare.

Finally, student involvement as course assistants, tutors, research mentors, and in student group provides leadership opportunities that are valuable for personal growth. Together, these experiences allow students to develop skills that are valuable for their lives after Hendrix, making Health Science major graduates competitive for employment opportunities and in professional schools.

Internship & Career Exploration


  • Batesville Therapy Clinic
  • Carson Physical Therapy
  • Acute Care Physical Therapy at Conway Regional
  • Beard Family Chiropractic
  • Conway Human Development Center
  • Conway Regional Therapy Center
  • Hurley Chiropractic and Wellness Center
  • Pediatrics Plus
  • Unity Health Orthopedic and Spine Center
  • Salem Place Nursing and Rehab
  • Conway Animal Clinic
  • Conway Regional Hospital
  • Greenbrier Nursing and Rehab Center
  • Advanced Allergy and Asthma Clinic
  • AR Department of Health and UAMS College of Public Health
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • Bowen Hefley Orthopedics
  • D1 Sports Training
  • Little Rock Zoo
  • Allied Therapy
  • Arkansas Family Dental
  • Nichols Family Dental

Further Afield

  • Studying Nutrition in Head and Neck Oncology at the University of Michigan Health System
  • Shenzhen Second People’s Hospital in Shenzhen, China
  • SCC Health Lutheran in Wheat Ridge, CO
  • CHI Health St. Elizabeth in Lincoln, NE
  • Physical Therapy Professionals in Reno, NV
  • C4 Sports Performance and Fitness in Durant, OK
  • React Neuro Rehab in Addison, TX
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy in Corpus Christi, TX
  • Kinetik Chain Chiropractic in Dallas, TX
  • Spring Valley Dental Associates in Dallas, TX
  • Synergy Wellness and Performance in Dallas, TX
  • Peak Physical Therapy in Princeton, TX
  • Texas Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in Tomball, TX

What can I do with this major?

  • Medical school (MD, DO)
  • Professional school for physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, public health, optometry, etc.
  • Laboratory technician
  • Clinical laboratory science
  • Healthcare administration
  • Personal trainer/athletic trainer
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare supplies sales

You may also find the “What can I do with this Major” database helpful. Click the link above to see information about the Health Sciences major.

Employment & Graduate School

Post-Graduate Outcomes:

The first destination for Health Sciences students following graduation (data from Spring 2020) 

Graduate*/professional school 50%
Part-Time employment 25%
Seeking Employment 19%
Other 6%

*Post-secondary schools attended by 2020 Health Science majors include University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, University of Arkansas, University of Kansas, Parker University, University of Houston at Clear Lake

Graduate and Professional Schools attended by Health Sciences graduates:

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Masters of Public Health
  • University of Central Arkansas Doctorate of Physical Therapy
  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Arkansas
  • St. Louis University
  • Parker University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Houston at Clear Lake
  • Chicago College of Optometry at Midwestern University
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • University of Memphis Masters in Public Health
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Alumni Highlights

Lauren Shclanko ’15

Earned a Master’s Degree in occupational therapy from Towson University in 2018 and is working at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute.

Sarah Eddington ’16
Studied Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University where she earned her MD in 2020. She has recently started her residency at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Brooke Rittman ’17
Admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, where she is pursuing her degree.

Meghan Ayers ’17
Earned her Masters of Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR in 2019 and works as a research coordinator at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Avery Colclaser '22
Pursuing a doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Texas Women's University  

Kristen Nicholas '21
Working with kids in an elementary school setting

Trinity Dohoney '22
Aquatic Director and Facilitator in Northern California  

Sadie Walker '22
Pursuing a doctorate in Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center