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Pre-Med and Pre-Health Programs

Advising Tracks

You’ll major in your chosen field (e.g., biology, chemistry, psychology) and we’ll work with you every step of the way to plan a course of study that fulfills your program's prerequisite coursework. We'll also discuss available internships, shadowing experiences, and service and research opportunities. You can choose from the following tracks:

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


Dentists are highly sophisticated health care professionals who provide a wide range of oral health services that contribute to the general health and quality of their patients’ lives.

Dentists enjoy excellent compensation, and the high demand for dental care ensures the future of this profession. The realization that oral health can have a serious impact on a person's overall health drives the expansion of this field each year.

The prerequisites for applying to a typical dentistry program include coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry (including general chemistry, organic chemistry and often biochemistry), math (including statistics) and physics. Applicants to dental school must also take the Dental School Admissions Test with a target score of 20-21.


Physicians diagnose illness, administer treatment, and advise patients on how to prevent and manage disease. Doctors play a vital role in improving patient care through the services and information they provide.

Traditional pre-med students apply to medical school after their third year of college. Most successful applicants will also have completed a significant number of hours of clinical internships and shadowing experiences in diverse medical settings. Ideally, you will also have engaged in a significant amount of volunteer work and participated in related extracurricular activities.


Optometrists conduct comprehensive eye examinations to detect and treat the diseases of the eye. They also identify any systemic conditions that may affect the eye and its associated structures.

The general admission requirements for schools of optometry include at least one year of biology, microbiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, english and college math (including statistics and calculus). Applicants to optometry school must take the Optometry Admissions Test.


Pharmacists are members of the health care team who work to safeguard their patients' health in matters related to drug use and disease management. Pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care by focusing on safe and effective medication use.

The prerequisites for applying to a typical pharmacy program include coursework in biology, chemistry, communication, math and physics. Applicants to pharmacy school must take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test.

Pre-Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical and occupational therapy are branches of medicine that use physical methods (e.g., manipulation, traction, exercise, massage, hot/cold therapy) to assess, diagnose, and treat injuries, disabilities or disease. Therapists work with patients of all ages to help them recover from and manage a wide variety of physical challenges.

Christopher Newport has formed a partnership with Old Dominion University’s School of Physical Therapy. Applicants who meet certain criteria are guaranteed admission to ODU’s doctoral program in physical therapy.

The prerequisites for applying to a typical physical or occupational therapy program include coursework in anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, statistics and physics. Applicants must also take the Graduate Record Examination.

Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician assistants (PAs) provide health care services under the supervision of a licensed physician.

PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive health care services, as delegated by a doctor. They record patient information, examine and counsel patients, prescribe medications, and order or carry out treatments. They also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting and casting.

PAs may be the primary care provider in rural or inner city clinics where a physician is not always present. PAs also may make house calls or visit hospitals and nursing homes to check on their patients and report back to the physician.

A typical graduate PA program lasts approximately 30 months and leads to a master of science in physician assistant studies. The prerequisites for applying to a typical program include coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry, math and psychology.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Although veterinarians are best known for healing sick and injured animals, they do a lot more to contribute to the health care field. For instance, more and more links are being found between human and animal diseases, such as SARS, mad cow disease, West Nile virus and avian flu. Thus, a degree in veterinary medicine can also prepare you for a career in public health and research.

Today’s veterinarians play a major role in the health care of pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. Students must complete pre-requisite coursework in anatomy, biology, chemistry and physics. Applicants to veterinary programs must also take the Graduate Record Examination.

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