Pre-Health Professions

Pre-Health Professions

School of Science, Engineering & Health

Engage in an integrated academic pre-health degree program that successfully prepares you for medical school or a wide variety of allied health care professions.

Future allied health care professionals and aspiring medical doctors seeking practical experiences will find an enriching environment in Messiah College’s pre-health professions program. With an academically challenging curriculum combined with hands-on medical experiences and research opportunities, you’ll be well prepared to go on to medical school and/or enter a medical or allied health care profession.

You’ll flourish under the guidance of both an academic major adviser and also a pre- health professions adviser. Messiah College has an excellent record of preparing students for successful acceptance into medical or allied health care schools, as well as for lives of service and leadership in the health professions. You may choose to pursue a science-related major, but with careful planning and the dual advising you’ll receive at Messiah College, you have the option to major in many other disciplines that may interest you.

Messiah College offers programs in:

  • Pre-Med (M.D.)
  • Pre-Med (D.O.)
  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy (3+ and 4 yr.)
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy (3+ and 4 yr.)
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Podiatry
  • Pre-Public Health
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • And 3+2 programs in occupational therapy and pharmacy in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson University and the University of the Sciences.

As a pre-health professions program participant Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Work with both an academic adviser and a pre-health professions adviser to ensure successful completion of both the requirements for your major as well as for the requirements for medical or allied heath school application.
  • Participate in directed health-related research, both credit-bearing and/or paid in a variety of settings locally, nationally and around the world.
  • Partner with students from Johns Hopkins University and Cambridge University at one of the leading malaria research field stations in the world—the Malaria Institute at Macha Hospital in Zambia.
  • Take rigorous academic courses that incorporate practical experience through a cadaver lab and through the use of advanced laboratory equipment and state-of-the-art three-dimensional modeling programs.
  • Actively participate in the School of Science, Engineering and Health as a lab assistant, tutor, supplementary instruction leader and by presenting research at the school’s annual Spring Research Symposium.

Major Requirements:

- Pre-Med (M.D.)
- Pre-Med (D.O.)
- Pre-Chiropractic
- Pre-Dentistry
- Pre-OT (4 yr)
- Pre-OT (3+)
- Pre-Optometry
- Pre-Pharmacy (4 yr)
- Pre-Pharmacy (3+)
- Pre-PT
- Pre-Physician Asst
- Pre-Podiatry
- Pre-Public Health
- Pre-Veterinary


Pre health professions students

Approximately 90% of our medical program applicants are accepted into medical/allied health school.

Pre-Health Professions
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Messiah College alumni are currently enrolled in top medical schools including: The Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Penn State University, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson Medical College, University of Pittsburgh, Dartmouth Medical School, UNC (Chapel Hill) and Yale University. 
There are numerous opportunities for directed health-related research through the Steinbrecher Summer Research Awards, available for selected sophomore, junior and senior students.
Messiah students have a greater than 90% acceptance rate into graduate and/or medical school.
Faculty members and advisers are committed to helping students develop in both their spiritual life and moral character which they believe is important to all those who will work as part of a compassionate health care team.
Many campus programs, faculty and advisers ensure appropriate assistance and enrichment in all aspects of the medical/allied health school preparation and application process.