Prospective Students

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If you are a high school student who is considering a career in medicine or another related health profession, a strong science background is necessary. University of Notre Dame has a strong science curriculum with many options and opportunities that will prepare for success in the professional school of your choice. The Center for Health Sciences Advising can help navigate the process to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, pharmacy, post-baccalaureate nursing, and other health professions.

Health professions offer a wide variety of career choices that provide opportunities for engaging challenges and rewarding service. Preparation for admission to a health profession school should start as soon as your undergraduate education begins. Professional schools will take a comprehensive view of your undergraduate experience, not only your grades and major, but also your research, clinical experience, activities, behavior, and summers commitments.

The Center for Health Sciences Advising is available to help you through the process from beginning to end. We can help you understand what professional schools are looking for, how to navigate your undergraduate career, and how to compile a successful application to the school of your choice.

You have reached a place in your education where perhaps some choices are becoming clear, but questions are still coming fast. You may recognize your questions in our FAQs. If you have others, please contact us. 

Alumnus Dr. Ralph Pennino in Haiti

Careers in the Health Professions

  • Medicine (M.D. or D.O)
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Public health
  • Hospital or MCO administration
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Pharmacy and other areas of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Research
  • Optometry
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Law