Are you pursuing a career in a health-related field? Do you want to go on to medical school or another professional graduate-level program?
SBU's pre-health program will equip you for success as you pursue your personal and professional goals. The Pre-Health Careers Committee, consisting of biology and chemistry faculty, is dedicated to preparing and sending out SBU graduates who are equipped for the next steps in becoming healthcare professionals. These faculty provide a number of services to pre-health students including academic advisement, writing reference letters and more.
As a pre-health student, you may earn an undergraduate degree in any major but the most common choices are either biology or chemistry. Faculty advisors will help you tailor your degree program to fit the specific medical profession career path you are pursuing, including:
Medical school has been challenging, but it is reassuring to know that my education at SBU has prepared me for the rigors it holds. I am excelling in my classes alongside students from top-notch universities all around the world.
The SBU department of biology has a pre-physical therapy program to prepare you for entrance into SBU's own Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. You will graduate with a bachelor of science in biology while completing all required pre-physical therapy courses. While this does not guarantee your admittance into SBU DPT, you will receive guidance in completing all needed requirements.
Historically, SBU biology graduates have had the best success in SBU's DPT program compared to students from other universities and/or other majors. In fact, 100% of SBU biology graduates who complete the SBU DPT program pass the physical therapy board exam!
High school students with a 24+ ACT score are eligible to apply for the SBU DPT High School Early Acceptance program. If selected, they would have a guaranteed spot in the SBU DPT program provided they complete their undergraduate degree at SBU.
The 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 from guest speakers from various health fields. The club is a mix of all classes, giving younger students the chance to meet upperclassmen who can encourage them in their chosen fields and through the challenges of pursuing a career in a health field.
Undergraduate students from any major who are interested in pursuing the physical therapy profession are invited to join this student organization. Monthly meetings are held for informational and fellowship purposes. The organization also participates in service opportunities.