Faculty and Student Recognition at the 2014 Academic Honors Convocation

Professor Merrill Tawse , Professional Instructor of Biology, was recognized as the recipient of the 2014 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award during the recent Academic... Read more

AU Chemistry Research is Recognized at the National ACS Meeting

Dr. Perry Corbin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, recently attended the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas with junior chemistry major William... Read more

Ashland Choose Ohio First Scholars volunteer at science entrepreneurship event

For the past five years students in Ashland University's Choose Ohio First Scholarship program have volunteered to register high school students, teachers and guest speakers... Read more

Pre-Professional Science

As a pre-professional sciences student at Ashland University, you’re taken on a journey, one that starts your freshman year. We'll take you out of the classroom and into the field. We’ll expose you to academics unlike any other. We'll prepare you to be among the 90 percent of our students that are accepted into professional health programs after graduation. We’ll connect you with accomplished faculty who don’t just teach science – they live it. They conduct research. They make discoveries. And they take you with them each step of the way.

You will have opportunities to present, connect and network with other students, faculty, alumni and professionals in your chosen field. You will gain invaluable hands-on experiences, which for two Ashland University students in the past two years included admission into the prestigious Chester Scholars summer program at Metro Health Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. You will be surrounded by professors and mentors invested in your future who will help you prepare for advanced degrees and/or exciting careers, because we know your journey won’t end here. We know Ashland is just the beginning.

Programs include:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Medical Technology (in affiliation with the Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron)
  • Pre-Physician Assistant

Recommended majors for pre-professional programs include biology, biochemistry, chemistry and toxicology. These majors will give you the flexibility to apply to professional programs, graduate programs or to gain employment immediately following graduation.

Learn more about health-related professional schools here.

Why Choose Ashland University? Click to see why Ashland University offers unique pre-professional science programs.

Graduate Success

Our graduates go on to every professional school in the State of Ohio, as well as excellent schools throughout the country, including:

  • The Ohio State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • The University of Cincinnati
  • The University of Toledo
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
  • Wright State University

Our Alumni

See what people are saying about our programs.

  • Susan Lance, '82; PhD/DVM, The Ohio State University
    I am certain the excellent preparation I had at Ashland helped me achieve a high score on my veterinary entrance exam and complete my veterinary education.  It was clear that some of my classmates had gotten into veterinary school almost entirely based on memorization, and, when we entered our... more
  • Michael Danko, '04, MD, The Ohio State University, Anesthesiologist
    My undergraduate experience at Ashland University was four of the best years of my life. I actually met my wife, Kristen Luebrecht, during our sophomore year in Dr. Posner’s pre-medicine anatomy and physiology course! From the soccer field to the classroom, I have a lot of fond memories from AU. I... more
  • Michelle Musser, '05; Pharm D, The Ohio State University, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University
    So many people I speak to, friends, family and colleagues, often express some regrets about their undergraduate institution and education, whether it be issues with faculty, classes, campus or activities. I can say, without a doubt, that I have absolutely no regrets about my time at Ashland and... more
  • Matthew Pifer, '02; MD, MS
    My research as part of the pre-professional program provided a foundation for future research in medical school and continues on today with the projects I am currently working and publishing on. Why did you choose Ashland University for your pre-professional program?I was recruited to Ashland on a... more
  • Katie Manocchio, '11; PA program University of Toledo
    I could not have asked for a better experience at Ashland University. The professors not only in my pre-professional program were amazing, but professors that I had outside of my major were just as amazing.  I witnessed every day how important it was to the professors that every student... more
  • Joshua Ellwitz, '01; MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
    AU prepared me for medical school and a lifetime of learning.  The most important skills learned in undergraduate courses are the processes of learning and performing research.  The facts or details change over time but having the ability to synthesize information is most useful. Why did... more
  • Benjamin J. Geletka, '02; Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Ohio University, Physical Therapist, EMH Healthcare
    What would you tell a prospective or current student about the pre-professional programs at Ashland University?Ashland does an exceptional job with cultivating great researchers and clinicians by preparing them for various graduate programs.  Small class size and the attention that the faculty... more
  • Brian Burtch, '98; Endocrinologist at Your Diabetes Endocrine Nutrition Group, Inc.
    Why Ashland?  I had a neighbor who went to Ashland and loved it.  My campus visit just seemed right.  The access to professors and small class size were very appealing.   Lunch in the cafeteria didn't hurt either! I completed medical school at the University of Toledo (Medical... more