Pre-Professional Health

Degree program at Bay College

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Why Pre-Professional Health?

If you are interested in a degree that will allow you to explore various science fields in health care, the Pre-Professional Health program is ideal for you. The degree is broad and allows you to find out where your true passions lie in science, preparing you to choose a specialty to pursue in a 4 year undergraduate program.

Careers in the health care industry are always in high demand! Professional Health fields include Clinical Lab Science, Diagnostic Genetics, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. A degree in Pre-Professional Health opens the door to many careers in the growing field of health care. 

  • In 2017, CareerCast ranked Occupational Therapist was ranked #9 best job and Audiologist was ranked #17.
  • Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapist, and Occupational Therapist are listed on Michigan's Hot 50 Jobs.


Why Bay College?

The Pre-Professional Health program at Bay College can provide the essential science foundation for an undergraduate health professions degree leading to professional school in a high touch environment, with engaged faculty and small class size. Note that in many cases, undergraduate majors in many health disciplines do not exist. Students must still select and complete an undergraduate major in addition to their pre-professional studies when transferring to a university.  Our degree is broad so that you can explore various science fields as you think about what specialty to pursue, and our faculty are here to help you along the way.

Degree Options
Certificate/DegreeCompletion CreditsContact Hours
Dentistry (Pre)60.00
Medicine (Pre)60.00
Occupational Therapy (Pre)60.00
Optometry (Pre)60.00
Pharmacy (Pre)60.00
Physical Therapy (Pre)60.00
Professional Health (Pre)60.00
Veterinary Medicine (Pre)60.00

Beyond Bay College

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher may find opportunities in the following areas of study:

  • Clinical Lab Science
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Diagnostic Genetics
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

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