Pre-Professional Health

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School of Arts and Sciences


There are many professional programs that are considered as pre-professional health programs. It is a common misconception that one is only a pre-professional health student if they are either pre-medical or pre-dental.

Westminster College offers courses that satisfy the pre-requirements for many kinds of health programs:
  • Allopathic Medicine (MD)
  • Bio Ethics
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dental Medicine
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD)
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Veterinary Medicine Podiatry

Key Benefits

In general, professional schools require applicants to have completed course work in the basic sciences but not in areas that duplicate medical or dental school courses, and they seriously encourage study in the social sciences, the humanities, and mathematics. Each student's program is designed so that by the end of the junior year they will have completed the basic requirements for application to professional schools and enjoy success in a medical profession.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

The term "Pre-Professional" does not designate a specific major or preferred undergraduate program at Westminster College as medical schools do not necessarily favor one major over another, although students are encouraged to take the necessary science prerequisites. You will work closely with a faculty advisor who will help you with your course plan and application to medical school.

Plan of Study

Year One

  • Meet with a Pre-Professional Health Advisor: Robyn Hyde for Chemistry/Pre-Professionals or Betsy Kleba for Biology/Pre-Professionals and complete worksheet.
  • Review the Self Assessment provided by the University of Utah SoM.
  • Attend Pre-Professional Health informational events.
  • Consult the Pre-Professional Health Library for information about chosen field.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Develop good study habits.
  • Do well in classes. Grades lower than a "C" are not generally acceptable in pre-requisite courses.
  • Join the pre-professional health student club.

Year Two

  • Meet with Pre-Professional Health Advisors.
  • Declare a major and sketch a plan for your remaining coursework.
  • Actively participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Explore opportunities for research, leadership, shadowing, and patient exposure.
  • Continue practicing good study habits.

Year Three

  • Fall: Register for MCAT Exam
  • Spring: Take MCAT Exam
  • Spring: Consult "MSAR" & Advisor to develop a list of potential schools.
  • June: Complete and submit AMCAS Application.
  • June: Complete and submit AACOMAS Application.
  • June: Establish a file in the Career Center.
  • August 1: Early Decision Program deadline.
  • July–September: Complete secondary applications.

Year Four

  • Complete required coursework for graduation.
  • Participate in mock interviews.
  • Travel to interviews.
  • Repeat the MCAT Exam if necessary.

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