Pre-Health Profession Programs

Beyond the students who major in nursing, those desiring to pursue professions in health care typically major in biology or chemistry to prepare themselves for graduate study in areas such as teaching, research, industry, medicine, dentistry, clinical lab science, physical therapy, and environmental biology.

Augustana's pre-professional programs include chiropractic, dentistry, genetic counseling, medical lab science, medicine, mortuary science, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine.

Course descriptions and requirements for the health profession programs can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog links under each program below.

Popular Health Professions

Below are some health professions that are of interest to many Augustana students. Web links to information on application and standardized exams that are required are listed below.  Many programs, including physician assistant, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine programs, require Graduate Record Exams (GRE) scores for application.

For information about specific health professions programs and preparation for standardized exams, see the health professions resource area in the biology seminar room.

Genetic Counseling

Course descriptions and requirements for the genetic counseling pre-professional program.

Chiropractic

Course descriptions and requirements for the chiropractic pre-professional program.

American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Medical Laboratory Science

Course descriptions and requirements for the medical laboratory science pre-professional program.

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)

Dentistry

Course descriptions and requirements for the dentistry pre-professional program.

American Dental Education 
Association
The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADSAS) 

Medicine

Course descriptions and requirements for the medicine pre-professional program.

M.D. Programs — The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
D.O. Programs — American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Timeline for application

MD/PhD Programs

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
National List of Programs

Mortuary Science

Course descriptions and requirements for the mortuary science pre-professional program.

American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)

Occupational Therapy

Course descriptions and requirements for the occupational therapy pre-professional program.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
American Occupational Therapy Foundation
 (AOTF)

Optometry

Course descriptions and requirements for the optometry pre-professional program.

Association of Schools and Colleges 
of Optometry
Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

Physical Therapy

Course descriptions and requirements for the physical therapy pre-professional program.

American Physical Therapy Association
The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Physician Assistant

Course descriptions and requirements for the physician assistant pre-professional program.

American Academy of Physician Assistants
Program List
Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
Physician Assistant Education Association

Pharmacy

Course descriptions and requirements for the pharmacy pre-professional program.

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Applying to Pharmacy School
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

Veterinary Medicine

Course descriptions and requirements for the veterinary medicine pre-professional program.

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)

Learn more about health professions programs.