Pre-professional Health Programs
- PPH Pre-requisite Coursework for the “Competitive” Applicant (PDF)
- IIHHS Pre-professional Health (PPH) Scholarship
The Pre-professional Health Advising office provides advising and evaluation services to students preparing for professional health careers and seeking admission to graduate-level health professions programs. Pre-professional health (PPH) programs are not majors, minors, or concentrations. Rather, they are preparation programs that outline a set of JMU courses and requirements that commonly serve as prerequisites for admission to doctoral and masters-level professional programs.
JMU offers nine pre-professional health programs, each with a faculty coordinator:
- Pre-dentistry - Dr. Mildred Rodriguez
- Pre-forensic Studies - Dr. Donna Amenta and Dr. Leslie Harlacker
- Pre-medicine - Dr. Sharon Babcock
- Pre-occupational Therapy - Dr. Jeanne Wenos
- Pre-optometry - Dr. Jeff Andre
- Pre-pharmacy - Dr. Donna Amenta
- Pre-physical Therapy - Dr. Louise Gilchrist
- Pre-physician Assistant - Professor Jerry Weniger
- Pre-veterinary Medicine - Dr. Christopher Rose
Schools of professional health are most concerned with the overall scope and quality of a student’s undergraduate performance. It is important that students select a major based on their academic interests and aptitudes. Advising for PPH students is supplemental to and coordinated with Freshman Advising, Major Advising, and the office of Career and Academic Planning (CAP). To get help with deciding on a major, you might want to explore the “Choosing a Major or Career” tab of the CAP website. To explore the diverse array of expanding health career options, we recommend you start at Explore Health Careers.Org.
Service activity, experience, and exposure to a variety of healthcare settings are highly recommended to PPH students considering a professional health career. Requirements for these types of activities vary among programs; students should inquire with their respective program coordinator for guidance. Visit the PPH office (Bioscience Building Room 3005) to discover announcements about summer internships, volunteer programs, and/or health-related elective coursework and opportunities. PPH students on our mailing list receive email announcements of PPH-related events, electives, summer research programs, as well as volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities. The "Find a Job or Internship" tab of the CAP website will also be helpful.
Student organizations provide multiple venues to participate in community service and to interact with health professionals. PPH students are encouraged to participate in AMSA (American Medical Student Association), Pre-Dental Society, Pre-Medical Association, Pre-Occupational Therapy Society, Pre-Optometry Club, Pre-Pharmacy Society, Pre-Physical Therapy Society, Pre-Physician Assistant Club, Pre-Vet Society, or The Huber Connection. We encourage you to explore the directory of JMU Student Organizations at the Student Activities & Involvment website.
Pre-professional programs are intended as guidelines only and will fulfill the admissions requirements of many, but not all, professional programs. Since different professional schools often have unique requirements, students must inquire with their school(s) of interest for definitive admission policies and requirements. Remember to work closely with your PPH program coordinator to aid your planning and preparation for a professional health career.
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