Health Sciences - Preprofessional
Health Science Pre-Professional is designed to prepare students for entry into professional schools in a wide arena of health-related professions. Building a solid foundation in the Sciences and Humanities prepares our undergraduates for the challenges of pursuing a career in the diverse and ever-changing healthcare industry. Due to the thoughtful design of our curriculum, students take similar coursework the first two years of enrollment, allowing the flexibility of switching from one pre-professional concentration to another. The most outstanding feature of this degree is that the course requirements for entry into professional school are incorporated into the plans of study, resulting in no extra coursework for our undergraduates.
Students in Health Sciences often pursue undergraduate research in areas such as toxicology, cancer treatment, cancer prevention, Parkinson’s disease, neurodegenerative disorders, heavy metals, health physics, medical imaging, environmental health and occupational health; this department also offers an undergraduate honors program where students can potentially conduct research as early as the freshman year. During the freshman year, all students complete HSCI 10100 Intro to the Health Professions. During this course, students have the opportunity to explore opportunities across the allied health professions and hear from practicing health professionals (MDs, PTs, OTs, PAs, etc.) to gain an introduction to the numerous opportunities within the healthcare industry.
Students pursuing this major are eligible to apply for the accelerated 5-year Master of Public Health (MPH) program as a junior.
Health Sciences – Outstanding students within this major also have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated 5-year (3+2) MBA through the Krannert School of Management. This is an excellent option for students wanting to open a private practice medical facility or students interested in health administration.
Pre-professional concentrations include Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Public Health.
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Careers in Health Sciences - Preprofessional
The majority of general health sciences graduates go on to graduate school or professional schools. 72% of 2017 graduates who applied to graduate/professional school reported acceptance; the national placement rate for professional school (med school, PT, OT, etc.) is less than 50%. A number of students will also choose to enter into the workforce in various science-based fields, such as research and development, government agencies, biomedical science facilities and community health.
Transfer to Health Sciences - Preprofessional
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Also: Any combination of at least two courses equivalent to the following Purdue courses — CHM 11500, CHM 11600, BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, MA 16010, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
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