Many Rogers State University students choose to continue their education after earning their bachelor's degree and a greater number of graduates are heading to medical school after leaving College Hill.
RSU has developed a reputation for preparing students for the medical field and many take advantage of the medical/molecular option of the bachelor's degree in biology. The medical/molecular option is designed to prepare students for medical school, veterinary school and graduate programs in the life sciences.
“Health care is an expanding field and there are many career opportunities for students interested in medicine,” said Dr. Larry Green, Interim Head of the RSU Biology Department. “We have a fairly rigorous academic program that is ideal preparation for medical school.”
Emily (Meeks) Williams is just one example of RSU graduates succeeding in medical school. Williams said her professors were an invaluable resource while she was applying to medical school. She recently completed her first year at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan.
“I had a few classes in medical school where I felt I was better prepared than some of my classmates because of my education at RSU,” Williams said.
Williams, a 24-year-old native of Braggs, Okla., said she was concerned about not going to a large established university. She thought that choosing a small school might make it difficult for her to gain acceptance to medical school. Her fears, however, were unfounded.
“Going to a small university single handedly allowed me to have a higher quality of education,” Williams said. She said she chose RSU because it was close to home and offered the medical/molecular degree option, and because her mother Priscilla (Schneider) Meeks graduated from what was then Claremore Junior College in 1978.
Williams earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from RSU in 2006 and was excited to be the second generation in her family to graduate from College Hill.
“I cannot tell you how important it is to me that I had personal relationships with my professors at RSU, they helped me the whole way through college,” she said. “They really want their students to learn and that makes a big difference.”