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Asbury University and the Medical Professions

Do you feel a calling to serve as a medical professional?  At Asbury, we encourage you to follow the call to serve God’s people.  Even if you are unsure of which area you should choose, God can work through your college courses, your instructors, experiences, and your friends and family to prepare you for what He wants you to do.

The story of Dr. Ernie Steury is recounted by Gregg Lewis in his book titled Miracle at Tenwek: The Life of Dr. Ernie Steury.

Asbury University graduates are working in all areas of healthcare, serving both at home and on the mission field. The late Dr. Ernie Steury, class of 1953, was an influential physician working at Tenwek hospital in Kenya. Tenwek Hospital was founded in 1937 by World Gospel Mission missionaries and has since grown to be a leading provider of quality healthcare and medical education in Western Kenya, and one of the largest mission hospitals in Africa. 

Dr. Gary Wortz ’00 is an internationally recognized leader in ophthalmology specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. Gary enjoys researching innovative techniques in eye care, and teaching his techniques to others. He is an active member and former elder at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY. He also performs free surgery to the needy through the Surgery on Sunday program. 


Asbury University offers over 150 areas of study and a liberal arts curriculum, Foundations, which allows each student to explore a broad range of engaging areas of study. In most cases, it is possible to take the courses required for admission to medical school, in addition to the courses required for a major, and still graduate in 4 years. If you choose to major in the sciences, the majority of the premedical requirements are already included in the major.

Preparing for various graduate school programs involves taking different courses and following different timelines. For more information about preparing for specific careers while at Asbury, please visit one of the links below. 

Early-Acceptance / Guaranteed-Acceptance Programs

Asbury University partners with a number of institutions to provide its students with acceptance (sometimes early acceptance) into medical, dental, pharmacy, and nursing schools.

▾ Shadowing

PHP 323, “Shadowing in the Health Professions”, is an elective course that any student can take to learn more about the health professions by shadowing someone in a particular health-related career. Students often feel intimidated about contacting and requesting to shadow a physician. This course makes it easy, as Dr. Branan provides students with a list of health professionals who have already agreed to accept Asbury students. Students can choose to shadow 15 hours a semester (1 credit) or 30 hours (2 credits).

As you prepare for a career in the health professions your choice of major is your choice, and should be an area you will enjoy and by which you can glorify God. If you are uncertain about your choice of major as you consider preparation for one of the health professions programs, our Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Bruce Branan, will be pleased to assist you.  Another place you are encouraged to visit is our Office of Career & Calling, or contact the Director, Michelle Kratzer.