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Pre-Health Professions

Achieve your goals. The pre-health professions tracks at the University of St. Thomas will prepare you for a variety of postgraduate healthcare programs. Whether you plan to become a dentist or a physical therapist, we have the resources you need to prepare for an exciting career.

Why Pursue a Pre-Health Professions Track at St. Thomas?

Pursuing a pre-health professions track means you have access to a huge variety of academic programs to prepare you for what comes after St. Thomas. We will work with you to choose a program based on your abilities and personal interests, and you will have access to the Health Professions Advisory Committee to create a four-year plan completing the needed prerequisite courses for a postgraduate program. Our alumni have gone on to be physical therapists, physician assistants, dentists, occupational therapists and more.

Preparing for an Exciting Career

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Collaborative Research
  • Course Requirements

    Fun fact: there are no required majors for health profession programs, which means you have access to every major and minor at St. Thomas. We recommend choosing a major based on your personal interests and academic abilities. Many students focus their studies in the natural sciences, but others have pursued degrees in social work and psychology. You will work closely with Health Professions Advisory Committee-affiliated faculty to find a path that best suits your interests and skills.

    Four-Year Plan

    Health profession program’s admission and prerequisite course requirements vary by school. You will work with Health Professions Advisory Committee-affiliated faculty and staff individually to create a four-year plan satisfying these required courses through your major, the university’s core curriculum and electives.

    Degrees Awarded

    You can pursue any major and minor as a pre-health student. We commonly see students pursue the following degrees:

    Collaborative Research

    You can collaborate with any professor at the university on research as early as your freshman year. Students have researched topics ranging from antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the neurobiology of social behavior in birds. Faculty are passionate about being your teachers, mentors and research partners throughout your undergraduate career, meaning you will be a part of a supportive and friendly community throughout your time inside and outside of the classroom at St. Thomas.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Fun fact: there are no required majors for health profession programs, which means you have access to every major and minor at St. Thomas. We recommend choosing a major based on your personal interests and academic abilities. Many students focus their studies in the natural sciences, but others have pursued degrees in social work and psychology. You will work closely with Health Professions Advisory Committee-affiliated faculty to find a path that best suits your interests and skills.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    Health profession program’s admission and prerequisite course requirements vary by school. You will work with Health Professions Advisory Committee-affiliated faculty and staff individually to create a four-year plan satisfying these required courses through your major, the university’s core curriculum and electives.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    You can pursue any major and minor as a pre-health student. We commonly see students pursue the following degrees:

    Collaborative Research

    Collaborative Research

    You can collaborate with any professor at the university on research as early as your freshman year. Students have researched topics ranging from antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the neurobiology of social behavior in birds. Faculty are passionate about being your teachers, mentors and research partners throughout your undergraduate career, meaning you will be a part of a supportive and friendly community throughout your time inside and outside of the classroom at St. Thomas.
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    Career Paths

    St. Thomas prepares you with the academic knowledge and practical skills for multiple career paths.

    • Dentistry
    • Pharmacy
    • Optometry
    • Public Health
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine

    Ready for What's Next

    You will receive the individualized attention inside and outside of the classroom to feel prepared for the next chapter in your life after St. Thomas.

    Supportive

    We have your back. We offer a broad range of support to students interested in health careers, no matter what your path might be.

    1-on-1

    You will get the attention you need. We provide individualized career advising and application support throughout your undergraduate career at St. Thomas.

    Letters

    We want you to achieve your goals. The Health Professions Advisory Committee writes evaluation letters for students applying to medical school.

    A Wide Range of Thrilling Experiences

    We encourage you to get out of the classroom and explore the world around you. Whether you stay in the Twin Cities and conduct powerful research, or expand your horizons with a study abroad program, we have the resources you need for success.
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    Making a Difference

    Students pursuing a pre-health professions track at St. Thomas are equipped with skills and knowledge that will help them lead successful careers. No matter what their path is, they will be ready to make an impact with every person they meet.