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, 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 are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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.


American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Clinical Laboratory Science

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)


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


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

American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)

Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
American Occupational Therapy Foundation


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

Physical Therapy

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

Physician Assistant

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


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

Veterinary Medicine

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

Learn more about health professions programs.