Program Overview

The demand for health professionals is estimated to grow by approximately 20% over the next 10 to 15 years according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Virtually every type of health and human performance professional will be in strong demand, including allied health practitioners, clinicians, and health care professionals. Therefore an undergraduate degree in a health-related field can be a very promising investment in your future. If you are confident about your future career path in the health sciences or human performance fields, please apply directly to that specific major. However there are so many possibilities for health careers, we understand that it can be difficult to know which career track is best for you! We have carefully designed the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance (HSHP) Preprofessional Program to give you a way to explore your interests and strengths to help you with selecting a rewarding career path.

The HSHP Preprofessional Program is designed for freshman and sophomore students interested in exploring health or human performance-related careers. Our flexible program gives you up to four semesters (approximately 60 credit hours) to strategically sample courses, meet faculty and fellow students, and learn more about yourself and your interests before applying into a specific degree program. The Program Coordinator, as well as a team of faculty advisers, will be there to help you every step along the way in making decisions about courses and future career path.

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

Health Administration & 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

HSHP offers the largest diversity of health-related degree programs (16 undergraduate) in the Northeast and Midwest. Both majors and minors are available in a variety of disciplines. Entry into several of our undergraduate majors such as Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy is highly competitive. HSHP offers several other degree options for Preprofessional students interested in these types of careers if they are not admitted directly to those programs, where the necessary undergraduate course prerequisites for entry into a graduate school program in these disciplines can be accomplished.



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