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College of Science and Mathematics

Pre-Health Programs

SBU’s Pre-Health program provides a solid foundation for a career in any health-related field.

SBU’s Biology program can be tailored to fit a student’s specific career path in a medical profession:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

SBU has a Pre-Health Careers Committee consisting of faculty from the departments of biology and chemistry. This committee is dedicated to preparing and sending out SBU students who wish to become health care professionals such as doctors, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and optometrists. The SBU Pre-Health Careers Committee provides a number of services to these pre-health students.

Students can major in biology or chemistry, though the most common major for health-related careers is Biomedical Science. Students interested in the health sciences will concentrate in Biomedical Science. This path prepares students to pursue advanced studies in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy, and veterinary science.

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

The Biology Department at SBU has an undergraduate program of study in which students can prepare for entrance into the SBU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. This program of study leads to a B.S. Degree in Biology and incorporates required entrance course work for the SBU DPT program. Other admission requirements for the SBU DPT should be obtained directly from the Department of Physical Therapy, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO, 65613, (417) 328-1672. Admissions to the SBU DPT program is based on competitive applications.

Clubs and Organizations

Pre-Health Society

Pre-Health Society is an open club for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. The club meets once a month for group meetings, planning service events, and hearing guest speakers from various health fields. The club is a mix of all classes and gives younger students the chance to meet the older students who can encourage them in chosen fields and help them through the challenging parts of pursuing a career in a health field.

Pre-Physical Therapy Student Organization

Members include those undergraduate students from any discipline who are interested in the physical therapy profession. Monthly meetings are held for information and fellowship purposes. The organization has also been involved in several service opportunities.