Explore pre-health degree options at Saint Martin’s University, and plan the courses that will serve as groundwork for your future in patient care, medicine and research.

Saint Martin's pre-health majors

Discover which pre-health major will set you on the right path towards achieving your career goals.

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Biology »

  • Dentist
  • Doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)
  • Medical doctor (M.D.)
  • Optometrist
  • Physician Assistant (P.A.)
  • Public health worker
  • Veterinarian
A female chemistry professor assists a female student with a project in the lab

Chemistry »

  • Biomedical chemist
  • Clinical lab technician
  • Doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Medical doctor (M.D.)
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Pharmacist or pharmacy technician
A male physical trainer holds a clipboard while assisting a female student on the treadmill

Exercise science »

  • Chiropractor
  • Coach
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Occupational therapist (OT)
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical education teacher
  • ​Physical therapist (PT)
Two female students participate in a classroom discussion

Sociology »

  • Case and discharge manager
  • Guidance counselor
  • Medical social worker
  • Medical study coordinator
  • Mental health technician
  • Public health educator
  • Speech and language pathologist

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Why Saint Martin's pre-health programs?

You will form close relationships with faculty while in the classroom, when conducting research, and through academic mentoring. Our well-rounded curriculum prepares students for the demands on the modern health professional. We offer individualized attention in our new state of the art classrooms and labs and encourage participating in internships and student-led research projects.

  • New, state of the art facilities
  • Personalized career advising
  • Opportunitites to practice and improve public speaking skills
  • Internship opportunities with community partners
  • Low 1:12 student to faculty ratio and 7:24 lab sizes 
  • Partipation in student-led, inquiry-based capstone research projects
  • Opportunities to be published alongside faculty members in peer-reviewed journals
  • Well-rounded degree program includes social science and liberal arts coursework to prepare you for the MCAT
  • Coursework includes general education required for professional and graduate programs

Explore your future possibilities


This depends on when you plan to start medical school. If you decide to go right into medical school following your graduation from Saint Martin's University, you should plan on taking the MCAT after your junior year (assuming you have taken the courses needed to do well on the exam) and then complete your application during the summer before your senior year. If you aren’t ready at that time, you may delay taking the test and submitting your application for a year. A gap year should be spent further preparing oneself for medical school.

Many PA schools require that students have completed all prerequisite classes before the application deadline, and complete a large number of shadowing hours. For this reason, many students will take a gap year before applying to PA school. It is wise to know what schools in your field will require well in advance.

Most students apply to the University of Washington for medical school. There are several DO schools to which students have applied, including Rocky Vista, Western University, Pacific Northwest University and University of Incarnate Word. Veterinary students have continued their academic careers at Washington State University.

We advise that you are well-rounded, since med schools are interested in the whole student – not just your academic grades or MCAT score. Consider getting involved in organizations on campus, like the pre-health, biology, and/or chemistry clubs.You should also be involved in whatever campus activity you are interested in and take part in the community. You can also seek out professors to work with on research projects and start shadowing experiences with medical professionals since medical schools require a certain number of shadowing hours as part of the application. Being a medical scribe is also an opportunity to work closely with medical professionals and get a better idea of the working environment of that profession.

You do not need to have a minor, but many of our biology majors do minor in another discipline because they have found courses they enjoyed taking and decided to keep taking course in that field. We have had students minor in psychology, chemistry, math, physics, physical education, religion, creative writing and business (just to name a few).  No student is required to minor, but if there are courses you enjoy taking, it is possible to minor and still complete your degree in four years.

Internships and job shadowing opportunities are available both at Saint Martin's and nearby institutes. While it is not the job of the career center to assign students to an internship, the career center maintains a list of previous internships and opportunities to which students may apply. Scribing is a popular job, and recruiters visit campus at least once per year.

Material on the MCAT is covered in required courses. The pre-health club also retains old MCAT study materials from students who have taken the test. 

Definitely, yes! We have had biology students take a semester to study abroad in England, Australia, Spain and New Zealand. As long as you work with your academic advisor to make sure the courses you take on your study abroad trip will help you with your major and course requirements, you can still graduate on time.