Health Professions Advising

Welcome to our Health Professions Community!

If you are thinking about a career in the health professions, Erika Wiescher is here to advise you on your journey and to assist with choosing coursework to fulfill pre-requisites for medical school and other health professional schools of interest. We also provide a variety of programs through our office such as the Peace Health Medical Group Physician Shadowing Program (offered each fall and spring), scholarship opportunities for pre-med students, and an extensive workshop series. 

Erika standing outside smiling for the camera wearing a tan cardigan sweater and a blue top

Erika Wiescher
Health Professions and Graduate School Advising
Old Main 280 


The Health Professions Advising office at Western provides comprehensive and inclusive mentoring and advising to students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, physician assistant, chiropractic, and veterinary medicine, as well as allied health careers.

For students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or nutrition advising please contact Health & Human Development.  For detailed descriptions of each health professions pathway, please visit our university catalog pathways page.

We offer a wide range of services to help students gain admission to the professional school of their choice, including individual advising appointments, assistance with finding clinical experience, mock interviews, and more. 

Canvas Site

We have a Canvas site for students interested in learning more about how to pursue the health professions, including tips on fulfilling extra-curricular requirements and exploration activities.  This site also provides updates on workshops, events, and work and volunteer opportunities.  If you are a current WWU student and want to join our Canvas site, please email with your name, W number, WWU email, and healthcare area of interest. 

Pre-Requisite Coursework/Health Professions Pathways

All healthcare programs require some level of prerequisite coursework, including math, science, and social sciences. You can find details about requirements for healthcare fields in the general University Catalog. If you don’t see your area of interest listed, contact a Health Professions Advisor to build a pathway that fits you.