During their first year of college, students take general courses, plus courses in Emergency Medical Service. The following summer, four weeks are spent in the Colorado mountains developing survival and rescue skills. Admission to the program formally takes place during the second semester of freshman year and requires a 2.50 GPA. Students typically spend the spring semester of the senior year in a less developed region of South or Central America, working with a medical team to bring health care to isolated villages and towns and develop projects to help the local people.
Any major involving such diverse courses requires many specific classes and careful advising. To facilitate college success, students will benefit from high school courses in biology (two years if possible), chemistry, algebra II, and several semesters of a foreign language. For specific college courses, see the curriculum.
Students enrolled at other colleges and universities are welcome to transfer to Union College with the expectation that completing the degree will typically take between two and three academic years.
Program Specific Fees
Additional fees are charged for Skin and Scuba Diving, overseas semester, the summer survival courses, and personal camping equipment. A program fee will be charged per semester for all students formally admitted to the international rescue and relief program, except for the overseas semester. Contact the program director for current fees not included in the schedule of Scholarships, Tuition and Fees.
Employment Opportunities for Graduates
The program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities depending on their degree focus; such as in mission service, public health, public services, non-profit agencies, business, and social services. The two emphases either prepares students in pre-professional graduate studies to become a doctor, dentist, physician assistant, or physical therapist; or public safety as a paramedic, emergency medical services, emergency manager, firefighter, forest or park ranger, search and rescue, and law enforcement.