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Why Study Pre-Health?

Interested in pursuing a career in the health professions? UWRF offers several pre-professional programs designed for students planning to enter the health field. Our Biology Department offers a biomedical track, allowing students to earn a B.S. in biology while preparing for licensure and certifications in various health professions, while Exercise and Sport Science also offers options for occupational and physical therapy.

We offer several affiliation agreements with external colleges. The affiliated schools provide academic credit to students who transfer into their programs from UWRF. In most cases, students begin their academic careers here at UWRF and then receive a B.S. from UWRF following one year of study at the affiliated school. Students later earn licensure or certification in a health profession from the affiliated school.

Our pre-professional health programs include:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dental
  • Echocardiology, Radiography, Sonography
  • Medicine (Osteopathic and Allopathic)
  • Medical Lab Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy (Biology or Exercise and Sport Science)
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant

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Types of Courses

The types of courses you take will depend on your degree path and academic interests. However, most health professions programs require some form of hands-on learning prior to earning your degree. Whether it’s clinical hours, an internship, shadowing or observation work, we understand the importance of practical, hands-on learning and we’ll work with you to ensure you have access to real-world learning opportunities!

“I couldn’t have asked for a better program, professors, classmates and overall experience. The class sizes were small, which helped me be successful during my time [at UWRF]. The professors are so personal and will know your name by the end of the first year – it’s what makes UWRF so unique.”

- McKenzie Cota, exercise and sport science major, pre-occupational therapy