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 Cancelled

We regret to announce that this year's 3rd Annual Health Professions Fair (originally scheduled for Monday, April 20) is cancelled. 

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Alumni Spotlight

Katie King

Katie King

Katie King graduated from UP in 2017 with a BS in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish as well as a BA in Psychology. While at UP, Katie worked as a tutor and a swim coach, was involved with neuroscience research, and served in various leadership roles on campus. After graduation, she spent two years scribing in the adult emergency department, pediatric emergency department, adult psychiatric emergency room, pediatric intensive care unit, and outpatient cardiac electrophysiology. She started studying for the MCAT beginning December 2017/January 2018 but says that she “began truly dedicated studying in early March 2018” and then tested in early May 2018.  Katie is currently a first-year medical student at OHSU and we wish her all the best & continued success.

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Rachel Lockard

Rachel Lockard

As an undergraduate student at UP, Rachel Lockard worked in neuroscience research with professor Dr. Elinor Sullivan, both at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and at OHSU. After graduation from UP in 2014, Rachel was focused on going into a neuroscience PhD program and got a job as a Research Assistant II at Casey Eye Institute in basic science research. Casey Eye also has a volunteer-run outreach van that travels throughout the state providing free ophthalmic services to under/uninsured Oregonians. This sparked Rachel’s interest in public health and she began an MPH in Health Systems Management and Policy at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. After graduating with her MPH, Rachel matriculated into OHSU School of Medicine in 2019. Rachel reinforces that she’s grateful for the 5 years post-grad before starting medical school. We continue to wish her all the best on her journey to becoming another wonderful Pilot physician.

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Past Alumni Spotlights

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

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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.