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Pre-Health Professions

SVSU knows there is no nobler of a profession than protecting and extending human life. Our pre-health professions students not only gain classroom experience but also real-world experience at local hospitals such as Covenant HealthCare. Our students are provided with intriguing course material, dedicated faculty, elite internship and research opportunities and specialized advising to assist in finding a placement at the medical school you aspire to attend. At SVSU, you’ll direct the course of your study and the experience you gain to appeal directly to the healthcare programs of your choice. We will support your goals each step of the way and help you reach the height of your potential.

Our pre-professional graduates have gone into the following medical fields:

  • Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant (P.A.)
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary Medicine
Janae Whyte Portrait
I loved the environment and the scholarship opportunities, and tuition rates were better than other schools.

Janae Whyte
Biology Major
Pre-Health Professions


Course of Study

As a pre-health professions student, you will have the chance to pursue a degree in a number of different disciplines: neuroscience, biochemistry, biology and more. SVSU’s pre-health professions advisor, Heidi Lang, will help you select a major and set of elective courses that blend your academic passions with the preparation you need for the medical field.

Pre-Health Professions Advising

The medical path is an honorable but arduous road. That’s why SVSU provides every pre-health professions student with access to our Pre-Health Professions advisor, Heidi Lang. Starting your first year at SVSU, Heidi will assist you in crafting a four-year plan to prepare you for the medical field of your preference. The medical school application process doesn’t need to overwhelm you. With support for all your questions and opportunities to ensure you grow, we will keep you on pace throughout your tenure here.

Your Pathway to Medical School

SVSU has Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnerships with medical schools at Central Michigan University, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. The agreement allows SVSU students to apply to medical schools the summer before their senior year. Through this program, each college SVSU has a partnership with reserves a certain number of seats for SVSU students.

In 2022, five Saginaw Valley State University students have taken the next step to become medical doctors through their acceptance into Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine through SVSU’s EAP. Many SVSU students are driven to serve others through careers in medicine, and the early assurance program is a reward and a relief to the students selected.

Career Options

From psychiatry to pathology, the pre-healthprofessions path paves a road to cutting-edge research, treatment and patient care. The first step on that journey begins at SVSU with making your medical school application distinct and compelling. As a pre-medical student, you benefit from MCAT study preparation, internship opportunities around the country and faculty research relationships to develop your skills for the medical field. Click to explore the full scope of the health profession.


Student Opportunities

SVSU partners with Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw to provide pre-medical students with a rare opportunity to log hospital hours as undergraduate medical scribes. The program affords students numerous benefits: paid work experience, confidence with medical terminology, hundreds of clinical hours and relationships with practicing physicians — exactly the sort of skills and relationships that polish a medical school application. Click to connect with the program coordinator and learn more about the various facets of this exciting opportunity.