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Undergraduate Study

Students majoring in Health Sciences can expect to complete a multi-disciplinary, science-based curriculum that will prepare them for a broad range of careers. Our students have gone on to graduate school and professional work in dentistry, dietetics and nutrition, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistants, public health, among others.
Applied Health
Sciences B.S.
The Applied Health Sciences program is uniquely positioned to allow students to combine courses from the university curriculum with specific Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degrees from accredited community colleges. The two-plus-two degree completion program allow students to transfer of up to 65 semester credits from accredited two-year community colleges. Students who have completed AAS degrees in the following health-related fields may qualify for the two-plus-two Applied Health Sciences program:
  • dental assisting
  • health information technology
  • medical assistant
  • occupational therapy assistant
  • pharmacy technician
  • physical therapist assistant
  • respiratory therapy
  • surgical technology 
Students with AAS degrees in a health-related field not listed may seek permission to enroll from the Applied Health Sciences Program Director. Concurrent enrollment in a community college AAS program and Oakland University’s AHS program is not permitted. The Applied Health Sciences program requires that courses accepted for transfer must have a grade of C or above, and that all course-work has been taken at accredited institutions. Note that the Applied Health Science B.S. program has different requirements then the Health Sciences B.S. View the requirements online.
Health
Sciences B.S.
A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree combines a broad spectrum of liberal arts, basic sciences, social sciences and health sciences course requirements and electives for students who desire a generalized health sciences academic credential. In addition, students choose one of five academic concentration areas to obtain greater exposure to a specific health discipline.

These five concentration areas include pre-health professional studies, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy, exercise science, and integrative holistic medicine.
  • The pre-health professional concentration area incorporates basic science courses to prepare students for the traditional application requirements for medical, dental, optometric, physician assistant and other professional schools. View a checklist of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Pre-Health Professional academic concentration.
    • Additionally, the pre-health professional concentration area prepares students for a seamless transition into the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at Wayne State University.
    • Competitive Admission (see below)
  • The pre-physical therapy concentration area prepares students for the traditional application requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. For a plan of study for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with Pre-Physical Therapy academic concentration click here. 
  • Students enrolled in OU's pre-pharmacy program begin earning an undergraduate baccalaureate degree while preparing for a seamless transition into the pharmacy program at Wayne State University's nationally accredited Doctorate of Pharmacy program. View a checklist of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Pre-Pharmacy academic concentration.
    • Health Pro Start Oakland (see below)
    • Competitive Admission (see below)
  • Students completing the exercise science concentration area obtain all the academic course prerequisites necessary for consideration for admission to the Master of Science in Exercise Science program. For a checklist of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with an Exercise Science academic concentration click here.
  • The integrative holistic medicine concentration area prepares students for many traditional and non-traditional health and service-oriented professions and graduate programs. View a checklist of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with an Integrative Holistic Medicine academic concentration. 
Competitive Admissions

What is Competitive Admission?

The competitive admission track is an option for currently enrolled Health Sciences students who are interested in applying to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at Wayne State University.

Competitive Admissions Requirements
  • Minimum overall OU GPA of 3.3 in the first year and a cumulative OU GPA of 3.5 thereafter
  • All non-pre-physician assistant course work must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher
  • All pre-physician assistant coursework must be completed with a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher
  • Transfer courses may need to be reviewed for transferability
  • Complete a minimum of 500 paid direct patient contact hours in an approved health service environment prior to application
  • Complete the Graduate Record Exam
  • Complete all academic and non-academic entrance requirements of the Physician Assistant Studies program

HealthPro Start OU
HealthPro Start OU is a unique program allowing students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Oakland University and then transition into the Doctorate of Pharmacy program at Wayne State University leading to a professional degree.

Acceptance to HealthPro Start OU guarantees you admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University as long as continuation criteria (detailed below) are met. This program is only open to incoming freshmen.

HealthPro Start OU trains innovators and critical thinkers, nurturing future leaders by treating students as part of the Pharmacy and Health Sciences community.

HealthPro Start OU minimum requirements
  • GPA of 3.75 (recalculated, including weighting for AP/honors classes)
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 27 
  • Explanation of experience (describe the amount of time devoted to the activity) in these areas:
    • Health care
    • Community service
    • Team activities (for example, athletics, debate)
    • Leadership
    • High school extracurricular activities
    • Employment
    • Summer activities
    • Honors received in high school
  • Submission of a two-page typed essay describing why you are pursuing HealthPro Start and what unique qualities you would bring to the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One from a high school teacher, counselor or administrator who is familiar with your extracurricular activities, team and/or leadership skills; and
    • One from a non-family member who can address your health care experience, community service and/or employment 
If you meet the minimum requirements and complete a separate HealthPro Start OU application, you will be invited to campus for a series of interviews with representatives from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University.

Continuing in HealthPro Start OU

HealthPro Start OU participants must:
  • Maintain a GPA at or above 3.3 during the first year in college.
  • Maintain an overall 3.5 GPA after the first year in college.
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 grade-point average in biology, chemistry, physics and math courses.
  • Complete the prerequisite course work for the desired program with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better. No repeated courses allowed.
  • Make regular progress towards the B.S. Degree in Health Sciences from OU.
  • COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED AT OU, NO TRANSFER COURSES ALLOWED.
  • Complete all academic and nonacademic entrance requirements of the Doctor of Pharmacy program (visit website for the latest requirements).
  • Participate in the WSU/OU HealthPro Start Seminar and mentor process.
  • Demonstrate continuing activity in related volunteer work.
  • Take the PCAT (http://www.pcatweb.info/) on the July test date of their junior year, scoring above the 50th percentile on the composite score.
  • Student must successfully be interviewed by representatives from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University during the admissions cycle for the year they are to matriculate into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.
  • Complete the application for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at www.pharmcas.org.
How to Apply

Your application package must include ( checklist):
  • Admission to Oakland University by Feb 1st
  • Completed HealthPro Start OU application
  • Completed HealthPro Start OU Consent to release records form
  • Submission of high school transcript
  • Submission of ACT scores
  • Indication of 3.75 grade-point average on the application
  • Details of honors received in high school
  • A two-page essay "Why Pursue HealthPro Start OU" and why you should be accepted
  • Explanation of experience in areas listed in "minimum requirements"
  • Letters of recommendation as listed in "minimum requirements"
Application deadline
Submit all items by April 1 to:

Oakland University
School of Health Sciences
Undergraduate Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
Rochester, MI 48309

For more details about HealthPro Start OU, call the School of Health Sciences advising office at (248) 370-2369.
Nutrition &
Health Minor
A minor in Nutrition and Health is available to students in any degree program. A total of 22 credits are required for the minor including 18 core credits and 4 elective credits. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in each course for the minor.
Career
Options
  • Pre-Health Professional Concentration: The pre-health professional concentration incorporates basic science courses to prepare students for the traditional application requirements for medical, dental, optometric, veterinary, physician assistant and other professional schools. Students who earn a B.S. in Health Sciences with a pre-health professional concentration may work in a variety of settings and may find jobs as laboratory technicians, research assistants, health educators or wellness instructors.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration: The pre-physical therapy concentration area is designed for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physical therapy. Students who earn a B.S. in Health Sciences with a pre-physical therapy concentration may work in a variety of settings and may find jobs as physical therapists, physical therapy aides, rehabilitation assistants, laboratory technicians, research assistants, health educators or wellness instructors.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Concentration: The pre-pharmacy concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in Pharmacy from Wayne State University. Graduates who complete the B.S. in Health Sciences with a pre-pharmacy concentration and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) from Wayne State University may go on to work as an academic pharmacist, community pharmacist, hospital staff pharmacist, public health service pharmacist, or veterinary pharmacist.
  • Exercise Science Concentration: The exercise science concentration area offers courses for students interested in the relationship among physical activity, weight control, disease prevention, stress management and nutrition for optimal health and performance. Students who earn a B.S. in Health Sciences with an exercise science concentration may find jobs in personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness or health/fitness screening.
  • Integrative Holistic Medicine Concentration: The integrative holistic medicine concentration area prepares students for many traditional and non-traditional health and service-oriented professions and graduate programs. Students who earn a B.S. in Health Sciences with an integrative holistic medicine concentration may find positions in communities and medical systems that are opening holistic care centers, initiating patient-oriented practices and adding complementary methods to augment traditional care.