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Health Pre-professional Programs


Academic, curricular, and co-curricular choices are paramount in preparing for your future career goals. Students who wish to pursue a health career in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary, etc. are challenged academically and personally, but they are also supported and taught by dynamic professors and advisors.
The purpose of Tarleton State University’ Pre-Professional Health Programs is:

  • To prepare you to take admissions exams (MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.) into health professional programs or graduate school
  • To make sure you understand the application timeline for their health profession
  • To guide you in developing co-curricular experiences including service to others, job shadowing, leadership roles, study abroad, etc. to “round out” their pre-health experiences

Discover Expectations of a Competitive Health Pre-Professional Applicant!

Careers in Health

There are many health-related careers.  Are you wondering which one best fits you?  Tarleton offers many resources to help you navigate your options so you can make a thoughtful decision to commit to this journey.  Admissions’ committees will assume you’ve done your homework and sought out opportunities which helped you carefully consider this career path. Additional help is available through Career Services and is a great resource for exploring health professions.  You can start with MY PLAN, the career assessment tool, to help you get started, and then make an appointment with Tarleton’s Career Services office in the Thompson Student Center.

Two highly informative online resources to help with exploring health professions are below: 

Pre-Professional Advising and Applying

Health pre-professional students must be focused and engaged early on in their freshman year to stay on track, academically and holistically, begin taking admission exams, and completing applications, ideally, their junior year. The application process for applying to health professional schools is, generally, in the fall or spring (prior to your application year) of your junior year. Tarleton State offers the opportunity to students to apply through the COST Health Professions Advisory Committee, HPAC. You will have the benefit of a committee evaluating your application, a mock interview, and receiving a letter of evaluation (recommendation) that accompanies your application.



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Science Building, 331
Office Hours: 8:00-5:00

Ashlee Rather
Senior Academic Advising Specialist

Haley Briggs
Pre-Professional Experiential Coordinator

COST Faculty Advisors
  • Biology and Biomedical Science Pre-dentistry:  Dr. Janice Speshock
    Pre-medical:  Dr. Max Sanderford
    Pre-veterinary:  Dr. Max Sanderford
    Pre-physician’s assistant:  Dr. Max Sanderford
    Pre-pharmacy:  Dr. John Calaha
    Pre-physical therapy: Dr. Dustin Edwards
  • Chemistry              
    Pre-health:  Dr. Peter Bell
  • Mathematics
    Pre-med/dental:  Dr. Bryant Wyatt
  • Physics
    Pre-health: Dr. Daniel Marble
Faculty Advisors in Other Colleges
  • Wildlife, Sustainability & Ecosystem
    Pre-vet: Dr. Wayne Schwertner

  • Animal Science
    Pre-vet: Dr. David Snyder
  • Kinesiology
    Pre-health: Dr. Jennifer Blevins-McNaughton