What You'll Learn
This degree program provides an intensive course of study in the basic sciences, social sciences, communication, and mathematics to prepare students for entry into professional programs. Our science classes include hands-on labs with professors, a strong emphasis on medical application, and critical thinking about case studies and relevant biomedical research.
The program meets or exceeds prerequisite requirements for graduate schools of:
- Medicine (Pre-Med)
- Osteopathic medicine (Pre-Med)
- Dentistry (Pre-Dental)
- Veterinary medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physician Assistant
Courses in health management, medicine microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular and cell biology also provide preparation for careers in biotechnology or graduate work in public health, medical administration or science PhD programs.
There are several faculty advisors in our program and we encourage students to work closely with the advisor they connect best with. The Biology–Health Sciences program also urges students to begin volunteering in medical settings, possibly during high school and especially during college. Our Health Sciences student club helps students get connected with volunteering and shadowing opportunities, often at the hospital located just across the street from Oregon Tech, or at nearby medical offices.
With 100% of Oregon Tech Biology-Health Sciences graduates either employed or seeking an advanced degree within six months of graduation, our graduates who apply to graduate programs are often accepted. Our alumni in graduate school often report that they are better prepared than their peers from other universities, and they often become leaders within their graduate programs and are highly successful in their professional careers.
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oregon, May 2016
Some paths other than grad school include:
- Clinical or research lab tech
- Clinical Lab Science