Admission to most 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.
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.
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 best suited for students interested in pre-sports medicine include health and exercise science with a pre-sports medicine concentration, biology with a health professions concentration or biomedical chemistry.
The sports medicine concentration in the health and exercise science major is specifically designed to meet the needs of the student pursuing a professional degree in sports medicine and offers the following courses:
- Introductory Biology lecture/lab I and I
- General Chemistry II lecture/lab
- Organic Chemistry lecture/lab I and II
- General Physics lecture/lab I and II
- Internship in Health and Exercise
The Pre-Sports Medicine professions concentration incorporates the following classes into a Health and Exercise Science degree: Human Anatomy lecture/lab, Human Physiology lecture/lab, Exercise Physiology, and Kinesiology and Biomechanics.
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.
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.
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.
Each year ORU sends out several teams with a distinctive medical mission. Experience medical missions with a body, mind and spirit emphasis.
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 Plan for Health and Exercise Science Sports Medicine Program
Health, Leisure, and Sport Sciences Department
Biology and Chemistry Department
Biomedical Engineering Department