Pre-Professional Certificate Programs

Stritch's three-year Pre-Professional Certificate Program satisfies the academic entrance requirements of most medical schools/colleges.


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The three-year pre-professional certificate program satisfies the academic entrance requirements of most medical, veterinary, and pharmacy schools/colleges. Students will have the minimum requirements for application to the professional schools/colleges at the end of three years provided they follow the specified curriculum sequence designed for the program.

Stritch offers pre-professional programs in the following areas:

  • Pre-chiropractic
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-med
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary

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Program Format

Students wishing to apply to a health professions school must declare their intention by the middle of the first semester of the sophomore year to either remain with the pre-professional certificate program or complete the Biology/Chemistry major. The University cannot guarantee completion of the certificate program in three years or the Biology/Chemistry major in four years unless the established curriculum sequence for the respective program is followed.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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