The mission of the Health Sciences major is to prepare students for a variety of health-oriented professions. Athletic training, medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, public health, and health care administration are but a few examples. It is important to know that postgraduate study at the master’s or doctoral level is often required for careers in these professions.
Our concentrations, or “tracks”, include coursework to prepare students for specific careers and include the prerequisites needed for application to institutions that offer graduate degree programs in the health sciences. Students may select courses from different tracks to fulfill this requirement. The track requirement is waived for students who have earned an associate degree in a health-related field from a community college.
The wellness track prepares students for careers in health promotion, public health, and wellness coaching. Minors in Holistic and Integrative Health and Psychology are common for students pursuing the wellness track.
The pre-professional track includes courses in advanced science and mathematics required for graduate programs in medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, and physical therapy. A inor in Biology is common for students pursuing the pre-professional track.
The healthcare administration track prepares students for careers in healthcare administration and management and graduate programs in this area. A minor in Business Administration is common for students pursuing the healthcare administration track.
Accelerated Graduate Pathway - MOT
The accelerated graduate pathway to the master of occupational therapy (MOT) is a 3 + 2 program (3 years undergraduate plus 2 years graduate) that allows students to complete the undergraduate degree in health sciences plus a master’s in OT in 5 years. Click here to learn more about USM's MOT program.
Accelerated Graduate Pathway - MSAT
The accelerated graduate pathway to the master of science in athletic training (MSAT) is a 3 + 2 program (3 years undergraduate plus 2 years graduate) that allows students to complete the undergraduate degree in health sciences plus a master’s in AT in 5 years. Click here to learn more about USM's MSAT program.