Pre-med programs and health profession pathways at Oregon State

Majors for pre-med and pre-health professions at Oregon State

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

Your pre-med and health professions journey starts here

The College of Health is a top choice among Oregon State students
pursuing a pre-med program or health professions career.

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The best majors for pre-med and pre-health professions

If you plan to attend nursing or medical school, or are interested in other health professions, such as physical therapy, occupational health or becoming a physician assistant, you’re in the right place!

Majors that are a great fit for medical school:

Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Kinesiology – Pre-Therapy and Allied Health

Learn about exercise and human movement and their impact on health. The pre-therapy and allied health degree option prepares you for medical school and health profession fields such as athletic training, nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant and physical therapy.

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Nutrition – Nutrition and Health Sciences

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

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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“The nutrition and health sciences degree option gave me an extra set of tools I can use in my medical practice. It is more complementary than biology or chemistry.”

Melanie Jackson, '10
Attended Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine
Currently an endocrinologist at Samaritan Health Services

6 reasons to choose Oregon State’s College of Health for pre-med and 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.

Help athletes get back in the game as an athletic trainer. Support patients as they develop skills needed for everyday life as an occupational therapist.

Past students have started at OSU's College of Health and went on to become:

  • Athletic trainer
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician - allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO)
  • Physican assistant
  • Physical therapist

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

Kyle Miller, ’19

Kyle Miller, ’19
Attended Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Currently a cardiology nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“I chose to major in kinesiology because it has a very wide range of nursing prerequisites and I was also interested in exercise and movement. It was the best of both worlds.”

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

 Mikaela Swaim

Mikaela Swaim

Student Outreach and Support Coordinator

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