Pre-Health Professions

When you choose the pre-health professions option within the major of kinesiology and health, you’ll graduate from Iowa State and be prepared for professional school programs in:

  • Human medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

Our curriculum ensures you graduate with the foundational sciences required for professional school admission (chemistry, physics, biology, math) and, you also take courses in human function, human movement and health.

These specialized sciences of biomechanics, motor control, physiology of exercise and many others enhance your background in human-focused sciences and preventative medicine – today’s medicine!


Your coursework is comprehensive and you will have a pre-health advisor built into your program. Your four-year plan also has your graduate school pre-requisites built in to ensure you have a clear path to your chosen professional school. Examples of coursework topics include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Motor control and learning
  • Exercise psychology
  • Human diseases
  • Advanced Kinesiology and Health coursework
  • Pre-health specialization areas are built into your four-year plan. They will include the science courses like chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy/physiology, and math that are required by your professional school of interest.

Field experience is required for admission to most professional schools but is not required in this curriculum.

4-Year Plans (Pre-Health Professions)

These four-year plans lead to professional school programs.

Human Medicine (pre-med)
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant