USD provides a strong academic foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health industry. Experienced and dedicated faculty offer interdisciplinary, hands-on training in all science disciplines, while USD's strong liberal arts curriculum cultivates the broad knowledge base, critical thinking and communication skills needed to succeed on a post graduate and professional level.
The Pre-Health Advising office assists students with identifying specific professional school prerequisites, determining appropriate courses, locating volunteer and community service opportunities and understanding the professional school application process. Individual guidance is provided in the following areas:
- Advising for pre-professional preparation
- Pre-Health Peer Advising program to match first-year students with students in their third or fourth years
- Personalized development of appropriate career paths
- Workshops addressing the application and interview process
Why start your health career at USD?
USD provides pre-health students with the academic and clinical preparation necessary for success in health profession industries. Historically, approximately 80% of students with at least a 3.6 GPA, competitive test scores and strong letters of recommendation have been admitted to a health professional school.
- Biology: one year of general biology with lab
- General Chemistry: one year with lab
- Organic Chemistry: one year with lab
- Physics: one year of general physics with lab
- English: one year
- Mathematics: at least one year of calculus is recommended
Students are encouraged to select any major as a specific major course of study is not a selection criteria for admission into graduate or professional programs.