Pre-Health Programs

Your path to a career in healthcare, medicine and dentistry.

Pre-med students

Detroit Mercy programs in science, technology and information systems pave your way to transformative careers in high-growth fields such as:

  • Human or veterinary medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical and Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
84% freshmen accelerated pa students matriculated as grads
96% students accepted to dental school in 4 years
100% pa undergrads accepted to PA grad phase

Medical and Dental school admission rates above national average. Why?

  • We boast rigorous academics and close-knit relationships with faculty.
  • Our Jesuit and Mercy values ensure a strong educational and service-oriented foundation that other institutions simply cannot offer.
  • Our low faculty-to-student ratio means you will receive written recommendations from faculty mentors that really know you from working side-by-side with you through not just coursework but extra-curricular activities. Only this way can they sincerely recommend your scholarship, passion, and commitment to service and research. That’s a big advantage when applying for further study.
  • You will have opportunities to perform undergraduate research.

How will our advising help you?

At Detroit Mercy, you'll work with a faculty advisor who is knowledgeable about the preparation needed to apply to professional schools. Our academic advisors are here to help you with your career path goals.

Accelerated Programs

7 year BS or BA / Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

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5-year BS-Biology / Physician Assistant

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6-Year BS or BA / Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

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31% job growth for physician assistants 2018-2028
1.9 Million jobs expected by 2028 for healthcare industry
$156K median salary for dentist in 2018

Job Outlook to 2028

While Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant are both listed under fastest growing occupations showing potential job growth over 30% in this decade, all the occupations listed above are projected to see growth in employment in the coming years. Check out the stats and media incomes >

What are alumni saying?

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"As a Detroit Mercy student I was granted opportunities that helped me stand out among my peers and make me a noticeable applicant for medical school.

The University’s value of service has and will continue to make a huge impact on my career and life goals. In my medical career, it has given me a unique perspective on how to approach patient dilemmas."

—Bianca Yaldo '16
Medical Student at Michigan State College of Human Medicine

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"Detroit Mercy gave me the opportunity to explore career paths outside of the typical pre-med/pre-dental pathways. I was able to do research in the lab under Professor Mio, take summer internships and attend international conferences. This, along with mentorship that professors provide, lead me to where I am today.

The curriculum was well-rounded; this paired with several years of research at Detroit Mercy really helped me succeed in graduate school."

—Steven Jones '12
Senior Medical Scientist for Kite Pharma