Professional Health Pathways

Do you dream of being a physician, pharmacist, veterinarian, physician assistant or other health professional?

Specifically designed for future physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians, physician assistants and others, the program combines a focused curriculum with in-person laboratory experiences. Our students also receive the specialized academic support they need to successfully apply to competitive professional schools nationwide.

Take the direct route to your health care career with UW Colleges Online Professional Pre-Health Pathways.

Explore the Curriculum

Take a closer look at Professional Pre-Health Pathways topics and course work and learn more about the flexible, hands-on learning experiences designed for UW Colleges Online students.

Where Advanced Coursework Meets Active Support

Choose Your Path

Professional Pre-Health Pathways prepares students for a variety of graduate-level learning opportunities, including:

  • Dental School
  • Medical School
  • Nursing School
  • Optometry School
  • Pharmacy School
  • Physical Therapy School
  • Physician Assistant School
  • Podiatric Medical School
  • Veterinary School
  • And others

Professional Pre-Health Pathways students who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree—or those seeking entrance to a professional school with no Bachelor’s degree requirements—can start applying to medical, pharmacy and other professional schools while completing their UW Colleges Online course work.

A Challenging Curriculum

Professional Pre-Health Pathways coursework is divided into two parts: 

  1. A set of foundational liberal arts and mathematics courses that can be taken entirely online. 
  2. A series of laboratory science courses that require in-person, on-campus laboratory study. 

These hybrid laboratory courses offer our students the flexibility of anytime lectures and online learning while providing hands-on laboratory experiences over two weekends on a UW College campus

A Network of Advocates

Preparing for a career in health care isn’t easy. Students face a rigorous science curriculum, tough entrance examinations and demanding schedules. Finding a balance between work and study, job-shadowing and volunteer experiences and a personal life is hard enough. Achieving that balance while choosing a career path and earning the academic and employment references you need to succeed? That takes help. That’s why UW Colleges Online has developed support services to help Professional Pre-Health Pathways students succeed, including:

Experienced Program Advisors who are knowledgeable about gaining admission to medical schools, pharmacy schools and other professional programs and who understand the challenges students face while on these pathways.

An Online Student Support Seminar held during the academic year for you to pose questions and share ideas with your fellow students, advisors and guest speakers via video conferencing. 

Talk to an Advisor

For more information on this exciting program, email our Professional Pre-Health Pathways Coordinator at

UW Colleges Online

34 Schroeder Court, Suite 200

Madison, WI 53711