WHAT IS PRE-HEALTH? | College of Arts & Sciences | Kent State University

WHAT IS PRE-HEALTH?

Many people think of traditional tracks in medicine, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy when considering a career in health care. There are a number of different fields in health care, however, that can lead to fulfilling careers. We encourage you to assess your goals and aptitudes before choosing a specific field.

Many careers in healthcare require professional school after completion of the baccalaureate degree. If you are interested in medicine (allopathic or osteopathic), dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, or veterinary medicine, you should expect to attend a doctoral or professional post-baccalaureate program. Physician assistants (PAs), genetic counselors, orthotists, and occupational therapists are also required to complete a master’s degree in their respective field. Students interested in any of these fields should carefully plan their undergraduate careers to fulfill the academic and extracurricular prerequisites for admission.

Some undergraduate programs lead directly into careers after graduation with additional certification or licensing examinations. These include, but are not limited to, medical technology (a major in the College of Arts and Sciences), dietetics and nutrition, exercise physiology, recreational therapy, registered nursing, and radiologic technology. If you are interested in any of these programs, you should choose a major that will provide you with the necessary training. You can find a complete list of undergraduate degrees in biological sciences, health, and wellness here: Explore Degree Programs.