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Health professional careers, such as medicine, physician assistant, and physical therapy, are among the fastest growing career fields in the United States. These careers require specialized schooling beyond the bachelor’s degree.

As an undergraduate at SIU, you’ll receive the training and guidance you’ll need to prepare for entry into professional school and on to one of these in-demand careers.


Don't forget to check out our
Pre-Health Professions Handbook!

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Elizabeth Saunders
Health Professions Advisor
College of Agriculture, Life & Physical Sciences
Life Science II, Rm 351C

Appointments: 618-453-3080
Fax: 618-453-7067
health-professions@siu.edu

One Goal, Many Pathways

Our Pre-Health Professional Preparation Programs span many majors, but all feature in-depth study of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Concentrations are available in animal science, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, and zoology.

Majors in the life sciences offer the quickest route to professional schools, but other options are available for students with broader academic interests. Check out our recommendations for Selecting a Major.

We’ll help you find that pathway that’s right for you.

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Certain of your pathway in health care? The first step is to learn as much as you can about the profession. Explore our programs to learn more about preparing for the most common health professions.

Undecided which field can ignite your passion? There are lots of great jobs in health care today. To learn about the spectrum of opportunities in health care, start here

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