Health/Medical Pre-Professional Programs

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Health/Medical Pre-Professional Studies

Pre-Professional Studies are offered by some colleges and universities to prepare individuals for an advanced degree program after completion of a four-year major/degree. These Pre-Professional Studies give individuals a track to follow during their undergraduate years that help position them for success in their long-term educational/professional career goals.

Pre-Professional Studies are not always the same as majors.  Individuals may participate in any major desired and still take-on a Health/Medical Pre-Professional Studies cohort.  Typically, students choose a major that is in-line with their desired future professional vocation.  For example, an individual may major in Anatomy and Physiology concurrently with participating in a Pre-Physical Therapy Studies.  By doing this, there will be a good amount of overlap between obligations for a four-year degree completion and graduate school prerequisites.

However, there are individuals who choose to major in a subject such as Communication/Journalism or even Visual and Performing Arts and are subsequently accepted into (for example) medical school.  The understanding is fundamental that all of the science courses in the pre-med studies cohort (as well as practice and testing for the MCAT) are required in addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Communication/Journalism or Visual and Performing Arts major.

If you are fairly confident that you are going to want to pursue a post-bachelors advanced degree program, the advantage of a Health/Medical Pre-Professional Studies program is that it will provide you with a solid platform from which to continue with your academic studies and career ambitions.


A bachelor's degree is the most common level of education achieved by those who desire to complete a Health/Medical Pre-Professional Studies cohort.  This typically takes 4 years.

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Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields.  Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are aimed specifically towards students.  These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.