First Steps

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Step 2: Explore Majors, Minors & Certificates

Preprofessional Studies in Health & Law

Which major should I choose if I’m interested in admission to a graduate-level preprofessional program in health or law?

Any undergraduate degree and major is acceptable for admission to graduate-level professional programs.  But you’ll want to consider ones you’ll enjoy and in which you can excel—and ones that might serve as a basis for further study or employment in case you change your mind about professional study. Consult your University Division academic advisor about the process of choosing a major.

Note that some medical schools and health professions programs don’t accept AP credit or credit-by-examination as counting toward admission requirements. College level coursework is generally preferable for preparation for admissions exams such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). 

If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in health or law, be sure to utilize the IUB Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC). HPPLC’s mission is to help IU Bloomington students become thoughtful, well-prepared, successful applicants to professional schools across the country. While admission to these programs can be extremely competitive, and to be successful you’ll need to plan carefully and be well-organized from the start, don’t worry—the HPPLC staff is here to help you at each step!

Pre-Dental

Pre-Law

Pre-Medical

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Optometry

Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Veterinary