Health Sciences Degree Information

Enjoy Guaranteed Admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program for Highly Qualified High School Students

The hands-on Health Sciences major prepares you for many careers, and pre-professional paths including medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. Professors will work with you to prepare for graduate school admission requirements or direct entry into a career. Join the Health Sciences Club to organize visits to hospitals and presentations from graduate program directors and healthcare professionals. Work with the Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning staff on campus as they assist the 24 varsity athletic teams. You can even work with faculty to conduct biomedical research sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, including cutting edge work on the genetic control of fungal infections, the molecular mechanisms of retinal development, or the effects of opioid addiction on brain structure. In our new Exercise Physiology Lab, you can study the impacts of exercise on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and muscular systems. 

If your goal is to pursue a career as a physical therapist, Franklin Pierce offers guaranteed admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to highly qualified high school students. This six-and-a-half year Direct Admit offering provides a seamless path to your professional goals upon successful completion of program requirements.

A major is offered.

Health Sciences Club

This educational club will provide you with knowledge in the world of Health Sciences, along with helping you develop contacts and opportunities in this career field.

Sigma Zeta

You have the opportunity to join Franklin Pierce's chapter of the National Science and Mathematics Honor Society if you meet national requirements for induction.

  • Craig Weeks always wanted to be a doctor and attended Franklin Pierce University because he wanted smaller classes and loved the campus. His academics and internship experiences guided him to the Doctor of Medicine Program at St. George's University after graduating from Pierce.

    Crag Weeks '06

    Doctor of Medicine Student at St. George's University

  • Katie Weldon '16

    "I was fortunate to be one of the first students to be able to participate in the newly developed Health Sciences program.  The courses I took within this program have really prepared me as I enter the DPT Program at the Franklin Pierce Campus in Manchester, NH.  Just as important as the Health Sciences program itself, were the connections I made with my professors.  In particular, my advisor, Dr. Bennett was instrumental to my success during my time at Franklin Pierce.  He believed in me and supported my dream of becoming a physical therapist and constantly challenged me to be better in and outside of the classroom.”

    Katie Weldon '16

    Franklin Pierce DPT Student '19 

Sample Career Opportunities
Franklin Pierce graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Mass General Hospital
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • John Hopkins University
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • New England Therapy Plus
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

Natural Sciences Faculty Bios

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Want to Know More?

Download the Health Sciences Program SheetDownload a Health Sciences program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

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