Pre-Health Program

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Since 2004, more than 90% of PLNU students who have applied to health professions schools have been admitted. 

PLNU's robust pre-health program will prepare and equip you for health professions schools in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine.

Our pre-health program includes many resources for your success, such as:

  • Speaker series throughout the academic year
  • One-on-one advising meetings with the pre-health advisor
  • Completing pre-health course requirements necessary for health professions school
  • First- and second-round mock interviews
  • References for volunteer/shadowing/research/internship opportunities
  • Suggested reading
  • Review of health professions school application materials
  • Committee letter of evaluation
  • Point Loma Pre-Health Student Association
  • Serving Through Healing: An Introduction to Health Professions course

By offering rigorous courses alongside individualized support and guidance in the form of volunteer and shadowing experiences, pre-health advising and mentorship, laboratory courses, and more, you can be confident and prepared moving on to health professions schools.

Like most colleges and universities, PLNU does not have a major that is called the pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-public health, pre-physician assistant, or pre-veterinary. Students choose to major in a specific discipline while completing the course requirements for the health professions schools they plan to attend. Most pre-health students at PLNU major in either biology or chemistry, or both (biology-chemistry joint major).

Current PLNU students interested in being added to the pre-health list can contact our Pre-Health Advisor, Dr. Sara Choung, at

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See how PLNU prepares rising professionals for bright futures in careers and advanced academic programs in health, medicine, kinesiology, occupational therapy, anatomy, and more.