Students in pre-professional health studies complete a bachelor's degree by taking the prerequisite courses toward their chosen career track. Pre-Professional Health is a focus area, not a degree. Students often major in the Biological Sciences or Chemistry while they work to complete pre-requisites to professional schools. 

Why Study Pre-Professional Health at Montana Tech?

Montana Tech has a long and distinguished history of placing students in professional health programs at universities like Harvard, Creighton, the University of Washington, and Colorado State University. Our rigorous academics, modern facilities, one-on-one mentoring and affordability prepare students for success at a fraction of the cost of other universities.

Early Acceptance Pathway to Rocky Vista University Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine

Students at Montana Technological University have an early acceptance pathway to medical school through an agreement with the Rocky Vista University Montana College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-MCOM) in Billings.

The Early Acceptance Program will allow undergraduate Montana Tech students who have fulfilled the specified requirements to gain acceptance to RVU-MCOM without taking the MCAT. Students must maintain a science and overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 to be eligible.

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Join our Student-Centered Program

Pre-med majors receive personalized attention from world-class Montana Tech faculty in a close-knit and supportive environment. You can work with faculty on special topics or independent study. You’ll also have opportunities to work side-by-side with them on groundbreaking research, from disease transmission and environmental health to the discovery and characterization of mycobacteriophages (viruses that infect mycobacterial hosts).

Ideal Location

Take a break from meeting your pre-professional health requirements by enjoying beautiful Montana. Close to campus are opportunities for skiing at resorts and in the backcountry, hiking Continental Divide Trail and other trails, fishing in pristine mountain streams, or experiencing southwest Montana’s hot springs.

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90% acceptance rate

For Montana Tech students who apply to medical, dental, pharmacy, or other professional schools

Internships Make a Difference

You’ll earn college credit and gain hands-on experience. 

Stand Out, Get Involved

Many pre-professional health majors are active in the Biology Club, Chemistry Club, and Pre-Professional Health Club.

Is Pre-Professional Health a Major?

The Montana Tech pre-professional health program is not a major but rather a focused set of courses that enable you to complete pre-professional health program requirements. While professional health programs accept students from other majors, most students in the Montana Tech pre-med program earn a bachelor’s degree in biology or chemistry.

What Kinds of Jobs do Pre-Professional Health Students Get?

Pre-Professional Health students become medical doctors, dentists, physician assistants, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary science, community health workers, epidemiologists, global health workers, public policy mangers, administrators, or analysts, environmental health specialists, speech-language pathologists and more.

$100,3700 Median Salary of Veterinarians

in 2021 

$121,530 Median Salary of Physician Assistants

in 2021

$85,570 Median Salary of Occupational Therapists

in 2021

The Exercise and Health Science degree at Montana Tech gave me the freedom to direct my studies to my future career endeavors as they became clear. I contemplated several career options such as dentistry, physical therapy, medical doctor, and eventually decided on being a physician assistant. The EHS degree allowed me to not only complete my degree, but allow me the freedom to ensure I fulfilled my pre-requisites for any future post-baccalaureate degree programs. The professors in the Exercise and Health Science program not only had an invested interest that I succeed, but had a personal interest in my success which to this day I find invaluable. I have been a physician assistant since 2006 working in neurosurgery. I am involved in clinical care of patients, neurosurgery trauma, and minimally invasive spine surgery. I attribute much of my professional success to my days at Montana Tech in the EHS program.

KLINTON (JOSH) PFEIFLE, B.S. Exercise and Health Science '04 Physician Assistant – Neurosurgery

Explore Pre-Professional Health Courses

The Montana Tech pre-professional health program helps you explore the health care industry and complete graduate program requirements through a range of pre-professional health courses, such as anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, the freshman pre-professional health seminar, current topics in health care courses, and internships.

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