Health Sciences - Pre-Physician-Assistant

For students interested in: physician assistant, pre-pharmacy & other graduate medical programs.

The Health Sciences - Pre-Physician Assistant is for students interested in graduate level Physician Assiting Programs or Medicine, Chiropractic, Podiatry, Dental, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Athletic Training programs as well. It meets the undergraduate requirements for most graduate programs in the medical and allied health professions. A comprehensive background in the basic sciences combined with applied studies in exercise physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, and advanced basic science studies in biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology puts most graduates with this degree in a position to be competitive graduate school candidates.

Admissions Information for....

High School Students

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a high school student (also applies to students who have yet to attend a college or university). 

Transfer Students

Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are consdiered transfer students.

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a transfer student. 

Transition Students

Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs in other University of Cincinnati colleges (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change their program (transition) to the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) are considered transition students.

Please visit Academic Advising for more information on applying to one of our programs as a transition student

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

If you graduate with this program you are likely to enroll in graduate programs in medicine, physician assisting, optometry, chiropractic medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics & ergonomics, nutrition, or health administration. Employment opportunities in fitness or health related sales are also possible. This program meets the requirements for certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Graduate Education Opportunities

  • Physical therapy school (PT)
  • Master of Athletic Training programs
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics programs (CO or CP)
  • Public Health programs (MA, MS, or PhD)
  • Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics programs (MS or PhD)
  • Medical Graduate Programs (Physiologic Science program only)
    • Medical school (MD)
    • Osteopathic medical school (DO)
    • Physician assistant school (PA-C)
    • Chiropractic school (DC)
    • Optometry school (OD)
    • Pharmacy school
    • Dental school (DDS or DMD)

Professional Certification Opportunities

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  • Certified personal trainer - Many professionals who hold this certification work in public or medical facilities that offer organized programs for healthy people or for people with mild, controlled health conditions such as arthritis.
  • Health/fitness instructor - Most professionals who hold this certification work in programs that are offered through medical facilities with people who have low risk medical conditions or controlled disease such as outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation or diabetes programs.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

  • Certified personal trainer (NSCA-CPT)- Many professionals who hold this certification work in or start small businesses in fitness and health
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) -Most professionals who hold this certification work in high school, collegiate or professional athletics. Some professionals work in public/retail fitness and health as facility managers responsible for the design and implementation of the facility's programs

Non-Certification Opportunities

  • Advanced coaching opportunities
  • Activities director/fitness director at recreation facilities or camps
  • Medical or biomedical equipment representative/sales
  • Exercise equipment representative/sales
  • Pharmaceutical product representative/sales

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s  over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Health Sciences majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

The University of Cincinnati has a vareity of scholarship opportunitites: 

You can also visit UC's Financial Aid Office for additional questions about tuititon, loans, and other opportunities.