School of Natural Sciences

Pre-Professional & Pre-Allied Health

Pre-Professional Science Curriculum

Admission to professional schools is very competitive.  Most programs expect applicants to have a four-year degree.  IU Southeast School of Natural Science Advisors can assist students in determining an appropriate Pre-Professional plan of study.  After meeting with a School of Natural Science Advisor, students are encouraged to contact the professional school(s) in which they plan to apply to verify prerequisite coursework.  School of Natural Science Advisors will help students prepare for the admission process and may also suggest alternate pathways to rewarding careers should the desired professional school application be unsuccessful.  Below is a list of some of the Professional Programs for which prerequisite coursework can be completed through several degrees in the School of Natural Sciences at IU Southeast.

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Pharmacy

*Note: This is not an exhaustive list.  Students expecting to apply to a Professional Program should contact the School of Natural Sciences at (812) 941-2184 to schedule an advising appointment.  It is suggested that students also meet with an appropriate Faculty Advisor (see contact information below):

  • Dr. Michelle Zimmerman (Pre-Allied Health & Pre-Pharmacy)
  • Dr. Kent Edwards (Pre-Med and General Pre-Professional)
  • Dr. Jan Fleischer (Pre-Med and General Pre-Professional)
  • Dr. Gretchen Kirchner (Pre-Vet)

Pre-Allied Health Curriculum

Students interested in one of the allied health science degrees can take courses toward those degrees at IU Southeast.  Students generally can take one to three years at IU Southeast and then must complete their degrees at another institution, such as the Indiana University Medical Center at Indianapolis.

Any student who is interested in allied health science programs should see a School of Natural Sciences Advisor for the most current information about the availability of courses and programs and the requirements for completing degrees.

The following are some of the Allied Health Programs which students may begin at IU Southeast:

  • Cytotechnology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy


In cooperation with the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, the School of Natural Sciences at Indiana University Southeast offers the first phase of a two-phase program, which leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  The first phase, which is offered at IU Southeast, is a pre-pharmacy program that prepares students to enter the second phase that constitutes the pharmacy curriculum.  The student may also be able to apply their graduate classes to complete their bachelor degrees either in Biology or Chemistry.  Students should be aware that entrance into Sullivan College of Pharmacy is not guaranteed.  Contact a School of Natural Sciences Advisor at or (812) 941-2184 for additional information.

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