In view of the specialized nature of each pre-professional studies program, students should seek regular counsel with the advisor who has been designated for his or her major field of interest. Pre-Professional Studies advisors can help design a plan for highly motivated, capable students who wish to become eligible for admission to graduate and professional schools.
What is the Pre-Professional Studies Program?
The Pre-Professional Studies programs are non-degree programs available at Boise State University. These programs are designed to provide you with guidance when pursuing careers in the areas listed below. You will not earn a degree in any of the following areas by completing only the courses listed, (with the exception of Pre-Dental Studies, Pre-Medical Studies, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine if you were attending or have attended Boise State between 2012- August of 2018). Many of these professions do require students to earn a baccalaureate degree prior to admission to professional school.
- Pre-Dental Hygiene
- Pre-Dental Studies*
- Pre-Medical Laboratory Science
- Pre-Occupational Therapy*
- Pre-Physical Therapy*
- Pre-Physician Assistant*
- Pre-Speech Language Pathology
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
*Students planning on gaining admission to dental, medical, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary school must successfully combine an academic major with the specific prerequisite requirements of the professional schools they wish to attend. Most professional schools provide substantial latitude in the academic majors that a student may pursue at the baccalaureate level; for this reason, students are encouraged to select degrees that assist in successful completion of both their prerequisite courses and their major. When considering which degree to choose for a given graduate and professional school goal, student’s should select a degree that will tap into their passions and interests but be efficient towards their professional schools.
Students must work closely with their advisor to successfully and efficiently meet both the academic requirements of the major they select and the professional school requirements along with expected non-academic requirements. Most applicants to dental, medical, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary schools have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into professional school.