Health Sciences Pre-Professional

The Health Science Pre-Professional (HSPP) programs are designed to prepare students for entry into professional schools in a wide arena of health-related professions. Building a solid foundation in the Sciences and Humanities prepares our undergraduates for the challenges of pursuing a career in the diverse and ever-changing healthcare industry. Due to the thoughtful design of our curriculum, students take similar coursework the first two years of enrollment, allowing the flexibility of switching from one HSPP program to another. The most outstanding feature of HSPP is that the course requirements for entry into professional school are incorporated into the plans of study, resulting in no extra coursework for our undergraduates.

If you would like to speak with an academic advisor, please contact the Office of Student Services at 765-494-8102. To attend a class, speak with a current student, tour labs, or visit with an advisor, please complete the HHS Visit Form.


Designed for students interested in diagnosing and treating disease without the use of drugs, medicine, or surgery.

Pre-Dentistry (Pre-Dent)

Designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of general dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, and other areas of dentistry.

Pre-Medicine (Pre-Med)

Designed for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in medicine.

Pre-Occupational Therapy (Pre-OT)

Designed for students interested in assisting individuals in recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life.


Designed for students interested in examining, diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases, injuries, and disorders of the eye.

Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT)

Designed for students interested in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA)

Designed for students preventing and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services under the direction of a physician or surgeon.

Public Health

Designed for students interested in improving the health and quality of life for all individuals.

Potential Careers Fields with Additional Education

  • Surgeon
  • Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Cardiologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Pediatrician
  • University Faculty
  • Product Research and Development

Additional Career and Post-Bachelor's Options

Beyond the Classroom

HHS and Krannert School of Management 3 + 2 Program

The "3+2" program is available to outstanding undergraduates in Health Sciences Pre-Professional. The program allows students to complete their B.S. and M.B.A. in five years. Students receive their B.S. degree in May of their fourth year and their M.B.A. in May of their fifth year. To be considered for this program, the student’s grade point average must be a 3.7/4.0 at the beginning of their junior year. If eligible, the student completes the application process for graduate school during the junior year.

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