Facebook pixel Pre-Health and Pre-Medicine Professional Path | Pepperdine University | Seaver College Skip to main content
Pepperdine | Seaver College
Student mixing chemicals in a lab

Pre-Health and Pre-Medicine Professional Path

Pepperdine University offers outstanding pre-health curricula for students who plan to apply for admission to professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, podiatry, and nursing.

Many of these areas, such as medicine and dentistry, have a similar set of requirements for admission whereas physical therapy and physician assistant, for instance, do not. The required courses for medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine are listed on this website.

In order to determine the courses needed for professional schools other than medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine, individual lists of required courses should be obtained from the schools of interest.

The pre-health curriculum at Pepperdine does not constitute a degree program, but is simply a list of courses that must be taken for any student interested in a career in healthcare. Although most students choose to major in biology, chemistry, and sports medicine, students can choose any major on campus and take the pre-health curriculum at the same time.

Pre-Health and Pre-Medicine Curriculum

As 95 percent of the pre-health students at Pepperdine are pre-medicine, most of the information on this website is tailored towards pre-medicine curriculum and careers in medicine.

Pepperdine University provides a wide range of services to current students, as well as those who have already graduated. Cecile Santos, the pre-health advisor, is available for advising and writing committee letters of recommendation for medical school applicants. Letters of recommendation will be stored electronically using the letter management system, PrivateFolio

The opportunities for pre-health students on campus are endless. There are several pre-health clubs to join, including pre-medicine club, pre-dental club, and biology and chemistry clubs. Additionally, there are many pre-health speakers who address a wide variety of topics throughout the year, international programs during both the academic year and summer with health professional opportunities.

As a way for students to serve local communities and find exceptional clinical experience, a list of relevant pre-medicine volunteer opportunities can readily be found in the Volunteer Handout above. There are employment, shadowing, internship and volunteer opportunities on this handout some in other areas besides pre-med.

Undergraduates have the unique option to pursue research directly with professors at Pepperdine, as well as present and publish their work. Seaver College professors and the supportive staff in the Natural Science office and Career Center provide helpful programs and advice to enable students to find their passion and pursue it at a high level of excellence.

Pre-Health and Pre-Medicine Students



Current Students in Program


Attend Medical School After Graduation


Pre-Med Acceptance Rates

We embody an atmosphere that:

  • Provides guidance and resources for all our students to discover and understand their own path
  • Empowers students to take ownership and personal responsibility for their academic and career success

We foster an atmosphere of:

  • Faith- to align with Pepperdine University’s mission 
  • Community Belonging- to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) Approach- to help students learn about all health professions and understand how healthcare professionals work as a team
  • Growth Mindset- to enhance a student’s opportunity for learning and growing
  • Holistic Development- to enable students to hone professional and personal skills in addition to maintaining strong academics  

Pre-Health is an umbrella term that focuses on undergraduate course preparation for various graduate health professions. Pre-health is not a major itself; thus, students can choose any major of interest. In order to meet minimum academic requirements to apply to graduate health professions programs, students must complete the pre-requisite courses for each pre-health discipline.

Pre-Health Fields / Career Paths

  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Med (physician)
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy 
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Pre-Physical Therapy 
  • Pre-Podiatry
  • Pre-Vet (veterinarians)
  • Mental Health (psychology)
  • Public Health (Epidemiologist, Health Educator, and Health Policy Analyst)
  • Health Administration (Hospital Administrator, Geriatric Care Managers, Hospital Public Relations)
  • Nursing (Registered Nurse, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner)
  • Nutritionists/Dietitians
  • Athletic Training
  • Chiropractor
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Rehabilitation Health Careers- Therapy (Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Music Therapy, Massage Therapy)
  • Healthcare Certificates/Training: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Scribe

For general questions or inquiries, please email us at prehealth@pepperdine.edu.

At Pepperdine University, pre-health students have several advantages. As a small institution, students are able to build relationships with faculty and the pre-health staff. Students receive individualized attention and have access to lifelong career services. Additionally, pre-health students who utilize our services have high matriculation rates into graduate health professions programs.

Where do Pepperdine Students attend medical school within the last 5 years?

  • Arkansas College of Medicine
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Medicine Oklahoma University 
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University School of Health Sciences
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest
  • Creighton University School of Medicine 
  • Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Duke University School of Medicine  
  • East Tennessee College of Medicine
  • Emory School of Medicine
  • Harvard Medical School 
  • Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biological Sciences (Buffalo)
  • Kansas City School of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Kansas School of Medicine
  • Keck University of Southern California School of Medicine
  • Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • McGovern Medical School (University of Texas, Houston)
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Meherry Medical School 
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Northwestern School of Medicine
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine Utah
  • Rush Medical College
  • School of Medicine at University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • South Alabama College of Medicine 
  • St. Georges Medical School in Grenada
  • Texas Christian University
  • Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • University of Dublin School of Medicine
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Incarnate Word College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine 
  • University of Ottawa Medical School, Canada
  • University of Queensland/Ochsner School of Medicine
  • University of South Alabama School of Medicine
  • Wayne State College of Medicine
  • West Virginia University School of Medicine  
  • Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific 

Upcoming Events

Register for the events below, and more, on Handshake.

Why Pepperdine

Pepperdine Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States. We are a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. As a liberal arts institution, we focus on providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration for students with a diverse community.



Located in Malibu, CA


13:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio


80% of Students Participate in an International Program


120,000 + Alumni Network

Contact Us

Natural Science Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: RAC 106



Joe Fritsch
Divisional Dean & Professor of Chemistry

Stephanie Adler
Office Manager

Sunni De Lano
Director, NSCP-ISPP

Daphne Green
Lab Manager

Patricia Scopinich
Administrative Assistant