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Pre-Health Resources

What does it mean to be “Pre-Health” at UP?

Being a pre-health student means that in addition to your major requirements, you are also completing the pre-requisite coursework and extracurricular work to apply to a professional health program such as medical school or dental school after your time at UP. There is no such thing as a pre-health major or a pre-med major so the good news is you can major in anything you want! Professional health programs admit students from a variety of majors every year with no preference shown to any particular area.

Here at UP, we have two Pre-Health advisors that can help you determine how to fit in the extra pre-requisite coursework for any professional health program with your major choice. We can also help you figure out what kinds of extracurricular activities you should be doing while you are a student to help you with that professional school application later on.

Below, we have Pre-Requisite Worksheets for each of the health professions for which we advise (PDF). Please note that these worksheets list the general pre-requisite courses for each area. Students should always double check the specific pre-requisites for the programs they are applying to in order to ensure all of their coursework is completed prior to application. 

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We can also help advise you if you are interested in Chiropractic Medicine; the pre-requisites are similar to medicine with a few differences.  If you have any questions you can always email us!


2020 Health Professions Fair

The 3rd Annual Health Professions Fair, hosted by the UP Pre-Health Advisors, will be on Monday, April 20, 2020, from 6pm-8pm in the Bauccio Commons.

Please see the linked flyer for 2019 professional attendees.


Alumni Spotlight

Rose Chuong

Rose Chuong

Rose Chuong would not give up on her dreams of becoming a physician.  She ended up applying a total of three times but is now a medical student up at OHSU and on her way to doing great things as a physician! The first time Rose applied was in college between third and fourth year but reflects that, “I didn’t have much clinical experience, which was the main feedback I received”. Between graduating at UP in ’13 and starting medical school, Rose scribed with NACS (Northwest Acute Care Specialists) in various settings (mainly ED, some ICU and urgent care).

Read More about Rose Chuong

Cassandra Kasten-Arias

Cassandra Kasten-Arias

Cassandra Kasten-Arias graduated from UP in 2017, and later worked as a scribe for an OBGYN at The Oregon Clinic, and volunteered as a Spanish medical interpreter at Southwest Community Health Center in Hillsboro (SWCHC), a free clinic that provided medical care to patients who were uninsured or underinsured. Both experiences confirmed her interest in becoming a physician and future patient advocate. Cassandra applied to medical school during this gap year in 2017 and is now a second-year medical student at OHSU and continues to volunteer in her community through the Latino Medical Student Association and in her role as Diversity & Inclusion representative for her medical school class.

Read More about Cassandra Kasten-Arias

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Past Alumni Spotlights

Interested in reading more about our alumni and their respective paths in a variety of health fields?

See more Alumni Spotlights

Pre-Health Newsletter (Fall 2019)

The Pre-Health Newsletter is distributed biweekly by our Pre-Health Advisors and contains lots of opportunities for our students to get involved on and off-campus.