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ODU's pre-professional programs are designed for students who plan to enter professional schools after graduation.
"Pre-med" and "pre-law" are not majors at ODU. Rather, they are areas of academic interest that provide students with a specialized curriculum to prepare them for graduate and professional study. 

Ohio Dominican professors and staff work with students to develop a specialized academic advising structure and establish an appropriate undergraduate degree curriculum.

In addition to standard coursework, students may collaborate with their advisor to create an independent study program, which will allow them to explore a particular topic or project in their chosen discipline.
  • Pre-Health Professional Programs

    Suggested Majors for Pre-Health Professionals

    For students interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, there isn't one "right" major required by professional schools.

    Since a degree in science in a popular choice for pre-med, pre-health services, pre-dentistry, etc., ODU's curriculum prepares students for professional school experience and fulfills course requirements for entry into most schools. This coursework also prepares students for the respective admissions tests, including the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

    Pre-Medicine

    Students wishing to enter medical school with the goal of becoming a physician, osteopath, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist or veterinarian are advised to major in either Biology or Chemistry and minor in the other. 

    Pre-Pharmacy

    Students planning on a career in pharmacy are best served by majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biology.

    Pre-Nursing

    Ohio Dominican’s Pre-Nursing program is designed to prepare students for entry into Mount Carmel College of Nursing. 
  • Pre-Law Program

    Ohio Dominican University specifically recognizes Political Science and Philosophy, both with Pre-Law Concentrations, as pre-law majors.

    However, Ohio Dominican’s strong liberal arts curriculum makes it an ideal university for pre-law studies because the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a classic liberal arts exam. 

  • Early Acceptance Programs
    Get an early start on an amazing future!

    Med School Early Acceptance Program

    Top high school students from Ohio can earn an assured path straight into medical school through a partnership between Ohio Dominican University and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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    Physician Assistant Early Admission Program

    Through the PA Early Admission program, Ohio Dominican University guarantees qualified students enrollment to our highly competitive Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. 

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K.C. Warden, D.D.S., '08

ODU alumnus K.C. Warden, D.D.S., discusses how his ODU education helped him pursue and achieve his goal of becoming a dentist, and how ODU helped him connect his passion with his purpose.