Academic goals such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physician assistant, etc., are career interests rather than majors or degree programs. Purdue pre-health students may choose from more than 200 undergraduate majors based on their academic interests and abilities. Strong grades, demanding courses, and a well-rounded curriculum are more important to health professional schools than a student’s undergraduate major. Purdue encourages students to pursue a major they enjoy rather than one they think professional schools would like to see. Students who enjoy what they study generally achieve greater success.
When considering an undergraduate major, students should consider one that provides a viable, parallel plan if professional school goals do not work out.
Purdue students who plan to pursue professional health programs such as medical or dental school most often choose undergraduate majors within one of the following colleges or schools:
College of Agriculture
College of Engineering
College of Health and Human Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Pharmacy
College of Science
Students should consult with their Purdue academic advisor regarding professional goals. Those interested in medical school or other health professions also may contact the Health Professions Advising Office, which helps students achieve their professional health goals regardless of their major by providing services and resources including:
• Individual advising
• Group workshops
• Guidance in preparing to become a competitive professional school applicant
• Assistance with professional school applications
• Career guidance
Related Career Interests
Transfer to Pre-physician Assistant
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
Contact InformationHealth Professions Advising Office