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Pre-Professional Health Careers

Pre-Professional Health Career Options

If you're interested in a postgraduate degree in medicine, nursing, allied health, or other health care specialty, the Texas Tech College of Human Sciences' pre-professional health career options can help you stand out in the graduate school applicant pool.

Get superior preparation for postgraduate programs in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health care professions.

Our pre-professional health career options offers specialized advising, mentoring, and academic planning services to help you:

  • Identify the pre-professional health track that best fits your talents and interests
  • Choose the right academic major
  • Complete the prerequisite courses you need for graduate school
  • Get extracurricular experience in clinical, laboratory, and research settings
  • Graduate on time

College of Human Sciences and Pre-Professional Health Careers: A Natural Fit

The College of Human Sciences' academic programs provide a strong foundation for your continued medical study.

Our academic majors provide you with a practical, hands-on education focused on the healthy development of people and communities. You will get a multidisciplinary, human-centered perspective that aligns with current trends in health professions.

In addition, the College of Human Sciences enhances your pre-professional health education by:

  • Focusing on cutting-edge health sciences issues such as nutrition, mental health, obesity, addiction, and psychological development.
  • Enabling you to get hands-on research experience in world-class scientific facilities.
  • Providing opportunities for you to work in clinical settings, engaging with real-world patients and clients.
  • Emphasizing highly valued skills such as communication, empathy, and multicultural fluency.
  • Encouraging community service.
  • Creating a supportive environment that promotes strong relationships.

Pre-Professional Health Careers in the College of Human Sciences

The pre-professional health options include specialized tracks for pre-professional health careers including:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

The College of Human Sciences has four major options that cater to students who want to pursue a pre-professional health career track:


Two specialized concentrations in nutrition facilitate future study in professional health careers. Nutrition provides extensive science coursework and can be adapted to any pre-professional health track. Nutrition Health and Wellness combines study in nutrition and sports sciences.

Human Development and Family Studies

Understanding human development is universally beneficial in allied health professions. The Human Development and Family Studies degree includes 18 hours of electives, enabling you to complete prerequisite courses for pre-professional health programs.

Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences

If you are seeking licensure or graduate study in allied health or other medical professions, Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences offers strong interdisciplinary preparation for health-related counseling of individuals and families. Nonprofit program development classes are also beneficial for future employment in the public sector.

Human Sciences: Interdisciplinary

This flexible degree option enables you to explore specific areas of interest, work toward career goals, and prepare for continued study in any pre-professional health career.

For more information about Pre-Professional Health Careers

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Contact the College of Human Sciences Recruitment Office by phone

  • Phone: (806) 742-1941

Texas Tech University offers support services and resources on campus in Holden Hall, room 205.