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Center for Pre-Health Professions

“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24

“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24

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The CPHP Mission

ACU has a long history of preparing undergraduate students to be successful as they pursue careers as physicians and physician’s assistants, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, occupational or physical therapists, and other allied health professionals. Our alumni practice all over the world — from major medical centers such as MD Anderson to mission points in places like Malawi or Peru — serving patient groups in big cities, pioneering cancer research or providing essential care in rural communities.

Through the Center for Pre-Health Professions’ academic programming and co-curricular activities, our students develop skills that support their growth as compassionate caregivers. The Center intentionally creates seminars and workshops, shadowing experiences, surgical observations, global healthcare study abroad programming and medical missions trips to supplement ACU’s rigorous science courses. We prepare students to serve others in the name of Christ through a career in health care.

Meet the Team

Dr. Cynthia B. Powell, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
Pre-Medical Advisor
Executive Director of the Center for Pre-Health Professions
powellc@acu.edu

Dr. Diana L. Flanagan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Pre-Health Professions Advisor (Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Optometry)
Assistant Director of the Center for Pre-Health Professions
dlf09b@acu.edu

Terri Aldriedge, BSN, RN
Director of Recruiting and Shadowing
terria@acu.edu

Faculty Pre-Health Advisors

Dr. Libby McCurley, PhD
Pre-Occupational Therapy Advisor
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Annie Bane, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Pre-Physical Therapy Advisor

Dr. Kendra Jernigan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Environment
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advisor

Dr. Sheila Jones, PhD, RD, LD
Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Nutrition
Advisor for Dietetics
joness@acu.edu

Bethany Brady, MPH, RDN, CDCES
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
College Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition
bjd09a@acu.edu

Dr. Melissa D. Long, EdD, ATC, LAT
Advisor for Pre-Athletic Training
melissa.long@acu.edu