Program Overview

The demand for health professionals is estimated to grow by 18% over the next 10 years according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Virtually every type of health and human performance professional will be in strong demand, so an undergraduate degree in a health-related field is a promising investment in your future.

If you are confident about your future career path, please apply directly to that specific major. Since there are so many possibilities, we understand that it can be difficult to know which major is best for you! If you opt for the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) Preprofessional Program, you will have time to explore your interests and strengths under the guidance of a faculty advisor before selecting a major. 


Three students are seated at a table in a classroom. There are papers spread all over the desk and they are looking at the papers an thinking carefully.

Photo credit: Allison Usavage '11

You enter the Preprofessional Program as a first year student and can remain in the program for a maximum of four semesters (or until you reach 60 credits). During this time, you will work closely with a faculty advisor to better understand your interests and academic strengths. You will also have the opportunity to strategically sample courses as well as meet faculty and fellow students in different departments. This will help with making your decision. The Program Coordinator, as well as a team of faculty advisors, will be there to help you every step along the way in making decisions about courses and future career path.

Career Possibilities

Our students express interest in a range of careers such as:

Health Administration, Education & Public Health

Clinical and Allied Health

Declaring a Major

HSHP offers the largest diversity of health professions degree programs in the Northeast. Both majors and minors are available in a variety of disciplines. Please see our HSHP Multiple Pathways guidance (see download below) for assistance in aligning career interests with possible degree tracks within HSHP.  

Once you decide upon a major, you can apply as an internal transfer into your major of choice. Entry into several of our undergraduate majors including, but not limited to, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy is highly competitive with limited seat availability. Transferring into any major is not guaranteed and depends upon capacity, student academic performance, and other Department-specific transfer requirements. Since most careers in health care require advanced degrees to practice, many students opt for an undergraduate major which allows them to establish a strong baseline understanding of the health care field and explore general interests, while collecting necessary prerequisite courses to apply for graduate school in a specific discipline.


Catherine Gooch
Coordinator HSHP Preprofessional Program
G49 Hill Center
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 274-3087