academics

Health Profession Programs

Beyond the students who major in nursing, those desiring to pursue professions in health care typically major in biology or chemistry to prepare themselves for graduate study in areas such as teaching, research, industry, medicine, dentistry, clinical lab science, physical therapy, and environmental biology.

Augustana's pre-professional programs include chiropractic, dentistry, medical lab science, medicine, mortuary science, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine.

Course descriptions and requirements for the health profession programs are available in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Popular Health Professions

Below are some health professions that are of interest to many Augustana students. Web links to information on application and standardized exams that are required are listed below.  Many programs, including physicians assistant, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine programs, require Graduate Record Exams (GRE) scores for application.

For information about specific health professions programs and preparation for standardized exams, see the health professions resource area in the biology seminar room.

Clinical Laboratory Science:
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)

Dentistry:
American Dental Education 
Association
The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADSAS) 

Medicine:
M.D. Programs — The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
D.O. Programs — American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Timeline for application

MD/PhD Programs
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
Check our a national list of programs here.

Occupational Therapy
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Foundation


Optometry
Association of Schools and Colleges 
of Optometry
Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association
The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Physicians Assistant
American Academy of Physicians Assistants
Program List
Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
Physicians Assistant Education Association

Pharmacy
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Applying to Pharmacy School
Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)

Veterinary Medicine
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)

Learn more about health professions programs.