Pre-Health Professional

Preparing for advanced health careers

Foundational training to ready you for specialized education

Students in the pre-health professions program earn their Bachelor of Art (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of USD's majors, with an eye on pre-entrance testing (DAT, MCAT, OAT, etc.) and on meeting entrance requirements for the professional degree of their choice. Pre-health areas are not majors, so you won't receive a degree in a pre-profession. You can choose any USD major with required prerequisite coursework in preparation for applying to a graduate health program.

USD Programs

If you're interested in a graduate health profession degree at USD get more information through the following pages:

Pre-Chiropractic

There is no preferred major for pre-chiropractic, but you are encouraged to earn a bachelor's degree. The curriculum includes a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, social sciences and humanities. Admission to chiropractic school is based on academic performance and character.

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Pre-Dentistry

There is no preferred major, but most dental schools require a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework and students are encouraged to earn a bachelor's degree. Most require coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and math. Some schools also require biochemistry, genetics, physiology and statistics, along with English, humanities and social science courses. Admission to dental school is based on academic performance, character and scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

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Pre-Veterinary

There is no preferred major for pre-veterinary medicine, but you are encouraged to earn a bachelor's degree.
Most schools of veterinary medicine require a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and math. Some schools also require biochemistry, genetics, physiology, embryology and statistics. Most schools of veterinary medicine require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission and students can apply through the Veterinary Medicine College Application Service (VMCAS).

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Pre-Optometry

There is no preferred major for pre-optometry, but schools of optometry do require a bachelor's degree. In addition, students must take the Optometry Admission Test (OAT).

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Pre-Pharmacy

The pharmacy curriculum is typically divided into a two-year pre-pharmacy phase and a four-year professional phase. Pre-pharmacy curriculum typically includes course work in biological and physical sciences, social sciences, economics, mathematics, English and communications. The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) may be required by some programs. You can apply to some programs through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) while others may require an application specific for that program.

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Pre-Podiatry

There is no preferred major for pre-podiatric medicine, but you are encouraged to earn a bachelor's degree. Schools of podiatric medicine require a minimum of 90 semester hours of prerequisite coursework. Students should take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and can apply to colleges of podiatric medicine by using the American Association of College of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS).

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