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Pre-Professional Health | Pre-Law | Pre-Theology

Pre-Professional Health

Pre-professional health (PPH) programs at JMU are not majors, minors or concentrations.  They are preparation programs that outline a set of JMU courses and requirements that are commonly required for admission to doctoral and masters-level professional programs. There is no particular undergraduate major required or favored for admission to health professions schools.

Preparation for Doctoral or Diagnostic Health Fields:  Doctoral programs all involve four years of professional training usually following a bachelor's degree. 

  • Medicine Allopathic (M.D.) and Osteopathic (D.O.)

Preparation for Masters-level Health Fields:  entry-level masters programs involve two years of professional training usually following a bachelor's degree. 

Masters (MS) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) programs in Forensic Science:  the undergraduate major a student chooses will depend on the particular area of forensics in which the student is interested.  Recommended undergraduate degrees: anthropology, biology, chemistry or psychology.      

Clicking on the links above provide information about advising and pre-professional coursework and preparation for professional health careers.

Pre-Professional Health Advising

Pre-professional health advising, coordinated by the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, is provided by faculty from science and health disciplines who can guide students through the various course requirements.  If students plan to pursue a pre-professional health program, they will have two academic advisors at JMU: a major advisor for their major program and a coordinator for their pre-professional health program.

Because entry into pre-professional health programs is highly competitive, students are encouraged to meet with the appropriate JMU pre-professional health coordinator regularly to make sure they fulfill course requirements in a timely manner.  

For a list of pre-professional health program coordinators and other important advising information, students should consult the pre-professional health programs website.

Professional Health School Entrance Exams

If students are interested in entering a pre-professional health program immediately following graduation from JMU, they must prepare to take the entrance exam required for their particular area of graduate study in their junior year.  The advising information sheet for each PPH program indicates which entrance exam(s) are required for each professional health field.  The student's pre-professional health program coordinator can provide information about the entrance exam required for different areas of professional study and help the student design a plan of study at JMU to make sure the student has studied key content areas usually included on the entrance exam. 


Pre-Law at JMU is not a major, minor or concentration but a set of recommended courses and skills that will help students prepare for law school study and the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) required for application to law school.

Pre-Law Advising

Pre-law advising, coordinated by the College of Arts and Letters, is provided by faculty in a variety of disciplines at JMU who can assist students in selecting those courses that will provide students with the intellectual challenge and skills necessary for success in law school.

Because entrance into law school is highly competitive, students should contact a pre-law advisor early on to make sure they are selecting courses that will provide them with the best preparation.


Pre-Theology Advising

For more information about professional schools of religion and academic preparation, contact:

            Dr. Iain Maclean, Coordinator 
            Phone: (540) 568-7059