Pre-Professional Health Programs

Get ready for graduate work

The health professions attract students with a variety of interests. Our pre-professional tracks can be paired with any major (though most commonly with biology, chemistry, exercise sciencehealth science, or psychology). You'll work earning your undergraduate degree while also completing prerequisites for your chosen health profession. Click below to view more about each of our pathways. 

Preparing for a Medical Field

At a smaller school like Heidelberg, you'll get the individualized attention and opportunity that makes a difference. You'll work one-on-one with professors on research projects and experiments, travel to regional and national conferences, and have the opportunity to dissect a cadaver—a rare opportunity for an undergraduate student. 

But that's not all you should think about. Graduate programs like to admit well-rounded students. So, your involvement in other areas on campus, such as our music program, speech team, or leadership roles in Greek life, could give you an advantage over other applicants. Heidelberg is the perfect place to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience. 

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A healthcare career is not an easy path, so we make sure you stay on track and understand what's ahead of you. All first-year students interested in a pre-professional track will be advised in our Owen Center for Academic and Career Support, and then during your sophomore year you'll work with our Pre-Health Professions Advisor. Through this team approach, we'll help you design a program of study that will prepare you for the rigors of the graduate school of your interest. You'll receive support and guidance for scheduling your classes, searching for graduate programs, and preparing for entrance examinations like the MCAT and GRE.

It's our mission to help you get accepted into the school of your choice, and to excel once you are there. All your professors will know you're career interests and will be able to write you heartfelt letters of recommendations because they will truly know you and your accomplishments.

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Danielle Howard '14

Danielle completed the Physician Assistant program at the University of Toledo and now works as a PA at Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.


Attending a liberal arts university gives you an edge that other schools can’t. Graduate schools look for students with unique experiences and diverse interests. At Heidelberg you can stand out and be different. If you do it right, graduate schools will be hoping you choose them.  We have a proven track record of our alumni being accepting into leading medical schools and programs. Schools like:

  • The Ohio State College of Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • St. Matthew’s University
  • Des Moines University
  • Wright State University School of Medicine
  • Seton Hill
  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • The University of Toledo
  • The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine​
  • DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
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