Pre-Health Professions

Pre-Health Professions

If you are interested in pursuing a career in health professions, Michigan Tech can help you make the first step into your future. With a degree in Biological Sciences, coupled with a pre-health professions concentration, you can prepare yourself for some of medicine’s most in-demand—and most rewarding—career paths.

Pre-Medicine

Michigan Tech has, for more than a quarter century, offered a strong pre-medicine program. Our majors are regularly accepted into all four of Michigan’s medical schools as well as other medical schools around the nation. Michigan Tech’s acceptance rate to all the health profession schools for the past 15 years is approximately 70 percent.

The road to becoming a physician begins with attaining your bachelor’s degree, followed by four years of medical school and three to eight years of residency, during which you specialize in a specific field of medicine (for example, pediatrics, internal medicine, or surgery). Your first step is the selection of an undergraduate institution and your undergraduate major.

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Pre-Dentistry

Michigan Tech will give you a solid foundation on which to build your career as a dentist. Our curriculum provides a rigorous science background, and will prepare you well for dental school. Our graduates are regularly accepted into both of Michigan's dental schools, as well as schools throughout the United States.

Michigan Tech also offers you flexibility. Pre-dentistry students generally pursue the bachelor's degree in biological sciences, which is excellent preparation for a variety of health-related careers. If you later decide to enter another profession, your scientific background will provide you with many additional options.

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Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical therapists improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Their patients include accident victims and disabled individuals with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, nerve injuries, burns, amputations, head injuries, fractures, lower back pain, arthritis, and heart disease. Therapists evaluate patients' medical histories; test and measure their strength, range of motion, and ability to function; and develop treatment plans accordingly.

Bachelor's and master's programs in physical therapy are offered across the nation, and entrance into either degree program is very competitive. Master's degree programs require at least three years of pre-physical therapy course work followed by three years of professional education. All pre-physical therapy requirements for programs in Michigan, and for most programs in the United States, can be obtained at Michigan Tech.

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Pre-Pharmacy

Our pre-pharmacy majors are routinely accepted into all three of Michigan's pharmacy schools, as well as other schools across the United States.

Pre-pharmacy students typically spend two years at Michigan Tech completing the course work required for entry into pharmacy school. Some students choose to complete their bachelor's degree at Michigan Tech before entering pharmacy school.

All pharmacy school prerequisite courses are available at Michigan Tech. While no specific undergraduate major is required, most pre-pharmacy students at Tech major in either biological sciences or chemistry.

Pre-Podiatric Medicine

A podiatrist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders of the foot. Some podiatric physicians treat general foot problems while others specialize in podiatric sports medicine, podiatric surgery, orthopedics, or other podiatric specialties. There is currently a shortage of podiatrists in the United States, ensuring graduates many career opportunities.

Following completion of their bachelor’s degree, students interested in becoming a podiatrist may apply to any of the seven colleges of podiatric medicine in the United States to complete their four-year Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. All prerequisite courses for entry into a college of podiatric medicine are available at Michigan Tech, and are included in the required core of courses for biological sciences majors.

Pre-Veterinary

Michigan Tech provides an excellent foundation for veterinary school. As a technological university, our curriculum is rigorous and highly respected throughout the Midwest. In addition to key classes in the sciences, students take courses in humanities and social sciences that fulfill the entry requirements of most veterinary schools.

After completing a bachelor's degree, many of Michigan Tech's pre-vet students continue their education at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University; our program is tailored to meet its course requirements. If you plan to attend another vet school, we will work with you to help assure that you are qualified for admission when you graduate from Michigan Tech.

Pre-Physician Assistantship

Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. PAs are able to do many of the medical tasks that would otherwise be provided by the physician. About one-third of PAs practice family medicine, while the remainder are involved in a variety of specialties including surgery, orthopedics, emergency medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology.

PAs complete a master's degree program that involves both classroom study and clinical experience. Prospective PA students must have completed prerequisite course work and have extensive experience in patient contact in a health-care setting (such as a hospital or nursing home).

Pre-Chiropractic Medicine

Doctors of chiropractic provide a natural, conservative, medication-free, and non-invasive form of health care. Doctors of chiropractic specialize in the diagnosis of neuromuscular and skeletal disorders, and in providing care for many of these disorders. Chiropractic is the nation's third-largest primary health-care profession.

Entry into a chiropractic college requires the completion of at least 90 quarter hours of prerequisite course work, all of which may be obtained at Michigan Tech. A bachelor’s degree is not required, although many of our students choose to complete their BS before entering professional school.

Pre-Optometry

Over half the people in the United States wear glasses or contact lenses. Optometrists (doctors of optometry, also known as DOs) provide most of the primary vision care people need.

DOs examine peoples’ eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases. They treat vision problems, and in most states, they treat certain eye diseases such as conjunctivitis, glaucoma, or corneal infections. DOs use instruments and observations to examine eye health and to test patients' visual acuity, depth and color perception, and their ability to focus and coordinate the eyes. They analyze test results and develop a treatment plan. DOs also prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses, and vision therapy—and often provide postoperative care to cataract and other eye surgery patients.

Becoming an optometrist requires at least three years of pre-optometry course work (most applicants have completed the bachelor's degree) followed by four years in a college of optometry leading to the Doctor of Optometry degree. All pre-optometry course work can be completed at Michigan Tech, and our students are routinely accepted into Ferris State University's DO program and into other programs around the nation.

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is an umbrella term that may be applied to any of a large number of health professionals that serve both amateur and professional athletes. Physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, chiropractors, physical therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, and other health-care professionals may specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders—usually injuries—experienced by athletes.

Sports medicine also includes research into various aspects of the body's response to exercise—called exercise physiology. Exercise physiologists may study the entire body or concentrate on one or two systems, for example the cardiovascular or respiratory system. Michigan Tech's biological sciences program can prepare you for either a clinical career or a research career in sports medicine.