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Explore Your Interests and Get Started

We are so excited that you are considering the HSHP Pre-Professional Program to launch your undergraduate education! Described below are our recommendations on important steps in navigating the decision-making process.

If you are confident about your future career path, please apply directly to that specific major. Since there are so many possibilities, we understand 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.

Before You Apply

It is important that Ithaca College and this Program are the right match for you. So before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Consider a Visit Ithaca and other Admission events to explore the campus and hear more about what the College has to offer.
  • Contact the Program Coordinator to set up a time to meet or discuss the Program and your current interests. We can also arrange for you to speak with a current or former HSHP Pre-Professional student to hear about their experiences with our Program and further discuss any questions that you may have.

During the Application Process

Once you decide to apply to Ithaca College, follow the steps on the Admissions website to submit your application materials. On the application, indicate that you are interested in enrolling as a "Health Sciences Preprofessional".

What To Expect

You enter the Pre-Professional 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!

Health Administration and Public Health Clinical and Allied Health
  • Community health
  • Gerontology
  • Health care management
  • Health educator
  • Health promotion and communication
  • Health policy
  • Outdoor adventure leaders
  • Physical education
  • Sports management
  • Athletic Training
  • Cardiac Rehab & Wellness
  • Dentistry
  • Dietician
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Optometry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician (primary or specialty care)
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Speech Language and Pathology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Strength & Conditioning