We provide advising resources to students who are considering careers in health professions, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, etc. Students in declared majors are also advised by faculty of the respective department (assignments are made after certain criteria are fulfilled as set by each department).
Pre-Health Study Plan
Things to Note
- Required courses vary depending on major and emphasis beyond above suggested plan. See department websites for more information.
- Refer to your Advisement Report or the University Bulletin for specific major and degree requirements.
- Students interested in post graduate professional school admission are responsible for learning the requirements specific to the school to which they plan to apply. Some of these programs will require Physics work not called for in the major. Admission is competitive. GPA is important.
- Students are encouraged to get involved on campus. Look for opportunities to volunteer or join student clubs and organizations.
- 120 credits are required for graduation.
- Learn how to work on a team. This is something professional programs are starting to include in their curriculum, so it would be good to start practicing it now.
- See your advisor with questions – careful planning is essential!
Examples of healthcare fields that an undergraduate major from UW Oshkosh can prepare you for:
- Doctor/Physician (MD)
- Forensic Science
- Medical Technologist
- Occupational Therapy
- Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
- Physical Therapist
- Physician Assistant
- Sports Medicine
Additional resources available to search for information about the healthcare field:
Health Related Major & Minors
UW Oshkosh is comprised of four Colleges, all of which have programs related to Healthcare as indicated below. Because most Healthcare professional schools have no preference for any particular undergraduate major, students en route to professional schools are not restricted to any particular undergraduate major.
The Healthcare Occupations Chart can assist students in the major exploration process by showing how interests, skills, and values intersect with specific majors and careers in the Healthcare field.
Majors & Minors
College of Education & Human Services
Bachelor of Science in Education – Physical Education
- Bachelor of Science in Education – Human Services Leadership
College of Letters & Science
- Master of Science – Athletic Training
- Bachelor of Science – Biology
- Bachelor of Science – Chemistry
- Bachelor of Science – Environmental Health
- Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology
- Bachelor of Science – Medical Imaging
- Bachelor of Science – Medical Technology
- Bachelor of Science – Microbiology
- Bachelor of Science – Psychology
- Bachelor of Science – Sociology
College of Nursing
PRE-HEALTH GRADUATE SCHOOL PREPARATION
Prior to Freshman Year:
- Meet with your UARC advisor during Titan Takeoff to begin planning your academic plan and ultimate goals
- Begin requisite math and science courses
- Consider health related volunteer opportunities and job shadowing
- Research several health professional schools to which application may be made and learn about specific requirements for admission to each
- Begin to gather information about admission requirements for professional schools or programs
- Take advantage of campus resources
- Meet with your UARC advisor to continue formulating academic plan
- If you have not done so, declare your chosen major
- Continue to develop relationships with faculty members and faculty advisor in chosen major
- Start preparing for standardized exams by reviewing material covered in your introductory science and math courses
- Make contact with admissions representatives and request application material from health professional schools to which application will be made
- Register for pre-professional exams (MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, etc.)
- Take pre-professional exam
- Summer: Complete all application materials and submit to schools of choice.
- Refine your interviewing skills