Pre-Professional Health Services

Program Overview

Admission to medical, dental and most other health profession schools in the United States is very selective. Only students with excellent grades and admission test scores, knowledge of their health profession and in most cases, health care experience are being admitted. Personal qualities and commitment are also important. ORU offers several pre-professional programs in the health sciences:

All pre-professional programs at ORU start with a general set of courses based on the admission requirements of several representative schools in that field. Often these schools have unique preparatory requirements, and it is recommended that a catalog be obtained from each school being considered for professional degree application to determine the exact requirements. This allows for inclusion of the appropriate courses in an ORU program and facilitates a judicious transfer from ORU to the professional program.

Pre-medical and pre-dental students should follow their own interests and aptitudes in selecting one of several recognized majors, such as biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, psychology, or health and exercise science as a pre-professional route. All of these pre-professional programs provide a balanced liberal arts education with strengths both in science and humanities.

It is recommended that students wanting a pre-medicine designation on their transcripts narrow their studies by taking the following recommended courses as part of their major or electives:

  • Microbiology lecture/laboratory
  • Genetics lecture/laboratory
  • Molecular Cell Biology lecture/laboratory

While the above majors are the most widely recommended and recognized in the pursuit of pre-medical/dental health training, ORU appreciates an individuals' need to follow their God-given gifts and abilities in selecting a major. Therefore, ORU offers the opportunity to adapt any major to pre-medical or pre-dental program by including the following courses to a course of study:

  • Mathematical Analysis or Calculus
  • Biology lecture/lab (2 semesters)
  • Chemistry lecture/lab (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry lecture/lab (2 semesters)
  • Physics lecture/lab (2 semesters)

These courses are required by both medical and dental schools and should provide adequate preparation for taking the MCAT or DAT exam. Highly qualified students may be admitted to medical school after three years of undergraduate training. All pre-professional health services majors are encouraged to closely with their degree advisor.

Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Sports Medicine
Unlike medical schools, requirements and prerequisites for allied health careers vary among programs and schools. Anyone planning a career in one of these fields should consult the health professions advisor to develop a specific undergraduate curriculum to successfully meet their goal.

The ORU majors ideally suited for students interested in a career in pre-pharmacy include biology with a health professions concentration or biomedical chemistry. ORU majors suited for students interested in pre-optometry, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy or pre-sports medicine include biology with a health professions concentration, biomedical engineering or health and exercise science.

The minimum college course prerequisites for consideration for admission to a college of veterinary medicine can usually be completed in three years. However, most of the entering pre-veterinary students in recent years have had four years or more of preparatory training. Therefore, we advise pre-veterinary students to complete a four-year degree program with a major in biology or biomedical chemistry. During the second year, any specific requirements of the desired school of veterinary medicine should be determined and scheduled for the junior and senior years.

In pursuing all pre-professional degree ORU stresses the importance of maintaining close contact with the program advisor for optimal success.

ORU Points of Distinction

Our Health Professions program has successfully trained students to enter a variety of health programs. Our overall rates of acceptance are approximately:

  • 75% for pre-dental
  • 60% for pre-medical
  • 85% for graduate school applicants

Over the past six years, 86% of our premedical applicants with a GPA of 3.4 or higher were accepted to medical school. Over 300 of our alumni are practicing physicians throughout the United States. Our students have been accepted into 70 medical schools including Duke University, Johns Hopkins University and Washington University.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Pre-Health Professions Honors Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and many others. This society welcomes all engaged in the pursuit of a healthcare career. AED offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests and extends a program for service to benefit the university community.

Cadaver Dissection
The Biology Department at ORU is one of the few undergraduate departments in the southwest U.S. that offers the opportunity to participate in the dissection of human cadavers as part of the Honors Biology program. Cadaver dissection is a priceless opportunity for any biology student, but is especially exciting for our pre-med students. This program offers a distinct advantage to aspiring physicians as they apply to medical schools across the U.S.

Medical Seminar
This class is offered through the ORU Biology Department. Get an in-depth look at family practice medicine while earning college credit and real life experience.

Shadow Local Health Professionals
Shadowing opportunities are available for physician, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, occupational therapist, physical therapist and more.

ORU Missions
Each year ORU sends out several teams with a distinctive medical mission. Experience medical missions with a body, mind and spirit emphasis.

Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan Health Services (GSHS) provides a mobile clinic to underserved areas in Tulsa. Operated by Family Medical Care of Tulsa, GSHS welcomes ORU student volunteers. Experience health care in a Christian environment.

Degree Plans for Pre-health Professional Program


Biology and Chemistry Department

Biomedical Engineering Department

Behavioral Sciences Department

HPER Department