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Pre-Physical Therapy

About

Pursuing medical excellence through the efforts of protecting and extending life, SVSU's Pre-Health Professions program ensures that students not only gain classroom understanding but also real-world experience at local hospitals like Covenant HealthCare. This unique program encompasses everything from veterinary and chiropractic medicine to dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and more! Students are provided with intriguing course material, dedicated faculty, elite internships and research opportunities, and specialized advising to assist in finding placement at the medical school they aspire to attend. At SVSU, students direct the course of their study to appeal directly to the healthcare programs of their choice. The goals of all Cardinals are supported—helping them to soar beyond the height of their potential.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU offers a revolutionary program to students which allows them to work alongside physicians at Covenant HealthCare.

  • SVSU has Early Assurance Program (EAP) agreements with the medical schools at Central Michigan University, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

  • Students get to study abroad in wonderful locations such as Nepal, South Africa, Switzerland and more!

The Pre-Health Professions curriculum at SVSU explores a variety of different disciplines including neuroscience, biochemistry, biology and more. SVSU’s Pre-Health Professions Advisor helps students select a major and set of elective courses that blend with their academic passions in order to prepare them for their chosen medical field. However, initially, students will explore general courses in organic chemistry, biology, zoology, physics, critical writing and more before moving on to their more niche selection.

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Programs

Majors

Other

Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...

Employers

Covenant HealthCare
Mayo Clinic
Saginaw Pediatric Dentistry
Allendale Family Vision
Sparrow Health System
Beaumont Health
Plante Moran
Deloitte
Yeo & Yeo
Rehmann

Graduate Programs

Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Illinois College of Optometry
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Central Michigan University

Career Opportunities

*Upon graduating, students in this program enter health professional schools to prepare them for careers in the healthcare industry.

Medical Scribes
Pharmacy Internships
Volunteering at Clinics

  • 22% (Much faster than average) projected growth for the employment of physical therapists through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $87,930 per year is the median yearly pay for physical therapists in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Pre-Health Professions program, students are prepared for graduate school for allopathic medicine, pharmacy, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, optometry, podiatry, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine and more!

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.