Pre-Health Pathways

Pre-Health Pathways

College of Health

There is more than one path to become a doctor or health care professional

Your future in health care starts here

If you're interested in becoming a doctor, nurse, physical therapist or other type of health care professional, the College of Health is a great place to start.

There is more than one path to become a doctor or health care professional and our majors and dedicated pre-med/health advisor will help you achieve your health care professional goals.

Explore pre-health profession pathways

Pathways are guides that show you how to pursue health careers with College of Health majors. They are not official degree programs.

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Pre-medicine pathway

Medicine is about caring for the health and well-being of individuals, and our majors connect the sciences to the people you’ll eventually serve as a doctor.  

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Chiropractic FAQ

Chiropractic FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming a chiropractor

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Nursing FAQ

Nursing FAQ

What it takes to become a registered nurse and how to get your BSN or A-BSN.

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Occupational Therapy FAQ

Occupational Therapy FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming an occupational therapist.

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 Occupational Therapy Assistant FAQ

Occupational Therapy Assistant FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming an occupational therapy assistant

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Optometry FAQ

Optometry FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming an optometrists

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Physical Therapist FAQ

Physical Therapy FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming a physical therapist

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 Physical Therapy Assistant FAQ

Physical Therapist Assistant FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming a physical therapist assistant

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Physician Assistant FAQ

Physician Assistant FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming a physician assistant

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Podiatry FAQ

Podiatry FAQ

Information and FAQs for Oregon State University students interested in becoming a podiatrist

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Pre-Nursing FAQ

Pre-Nursing FAQ

Information and FAQ for Oregon State University students interested in becoming a nurse.

What is the best major for pre-med or health professions?

For most health professions, your specific major isn't as important as pre-requisite courses and hands-on experience. This gives you freedom to major in something you enjoy and find inspiring.

College of Health majors that are a great fit for medical school and health professions:

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Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Kinesiology – Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Study exercise science and movement's impact on health. The pre-therapy and allied health degree option prepares you for medical school and health careers such as athletic training, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

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Nutrition – Nutrition and Health Sciences

Understand the vital role nutrition plays in preventive care and treatment. The nutrition and health sciences degree option is a great stepping stone on your way to a physician assistant program, medical school or pharmacy school.

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Public Health

Develop a proactive mindset in medicine. Become a physician who prioritizes preventing health issues and caring for an individual’s well-being instead of just treating symptoms.

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Human Development and Family Sciences

Understanding human behavior and development is crucial for health care professionals. With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, you'll be prepared to work with diverse patient populations.

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1.8 million

Job openings each year

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

$80k

Median salary for health care practitioners

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

65%

of OSU pre-med students are admitted to medical school, compared to 40% nationally

  

“My interest in studying applied science and human health drove me to pursue a degree in the College of Health. I particularly appreciate how the college provides a smaller academic community within a large state school, its various research opportunities and support for students aspiring to work in health care.”

Diane Koopmann
Nutrition-Nutrition and Health Sciences, ’24

Our graduates have been accepted to the following medical schools

Albany Medical College

Columbia University

Drexel University

Oregon Health and Sciences University

St. Louis University

Temple University

Tulane University

University of Arizona

University of Colorado

University of San Diego

Vanderbilt University

Western University of Health Sciences

and more

6 reasons to choose Oregon State’s College of Health for pre-health professions

1. 65% of our pre-med students are admitted to medical schools all across the United States, compared to about 40% nationally.

2. Acceptance rates into health professional programs — such as nursing, athletic training, physical or occupational therapy and more — are at or above average.

3. You’ll stand out from other applicants thanks to majors and practical experience that provides you with unique pathways to medical school or health professional programs.

4. A dedicated advisor will help you achieve your pre-med and pre-health professional goals.

5. You’ll gain a holistic approach that considers the overall health and well-being of individuals, reflecting your passion for helping people and helping you stand out in entrance interviews.

6. Our students have been admitted to competitive medical and professional programs at OHSU, Vanderbilt, Western University, University of San Diego and more.

Medical and professional health careers pursued by our students

Biology, chemistry and BioHealth sciences aren’t the only majors for a career in medicine.

You could be an athletic trainer or physical therapist helping an athlete get back to the movement they love. Or you could promote healthy habits and prevent illness as a physician assistant.

Past OSU College of Health students are now:

  • Athletic trainers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physicians - allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO)
  • Physician assistants
  • Physical therapists

All require graduate/professional education or additional certifications/credentials to qualify for employment.

Contact us

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Peer advisors

If you have questions regarding classes, student clubs or campus, our peer advisors would love to chat. Call or email them for advice.

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 Mikaela Swaim

Mikaela Swaim

Student Outreach and Support Coordinator

For questions about the program, application process or requirements, contact our COH recruitment team.