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Pre-Health Professional Information and Resources

The Pre-Health Professions website at Sacramento State provides students and alumni who are interested in entering a health professional field with information and resources to learn about a health profession and the process.

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KGI Master of Science Community Medicine Program

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MCAT Preparatory Scholarship Program

Medical School Preparatory Enhancement Program

Programs Offered at Sac State

  • NSM 88: Exploring Health Careers (1 unit)
    Designed for pre-professional students, this self exploration course will assist students in determining whether a career in the health professions is suitable to their interest, skills, and values. In addition to exploring the traditional health professions medicine, pharmacy, etc., students will have opportunity to explore alternative health professions and career options. This active learning course will include lectures, discussions, individual and group projects, informational interviews, and guest speakers. One hour per week.
  • Bio 186C: Intro to Health Careers (1 unit)
    Designed for pre-health professional students who are in the process of researching traditional and non-traditional health professions and careers. This course consists of at least 10 seminars presented by various practicing health professionals, health professional students, and health professional school admissions officers. Topics vary each semester. One hour per week.
  • RPTA 6: Medical Terminology (3 units)
    Introduction to medical terminologies for health professions will provide students the opportunity to recognize and apply the use of medical terms with the necessary primary knowledge to work in a variety of health professions. Students will learn medical root words, prefixes, and suffixes and apply them to the body systems. This will also develop competencies required to read and understand medical reports and communicate with physicians and other allied medical professionals.

Prehealth Clubs and Organizations

Here is a list of active prehealth clubs for the 23/24 acadmeic year that you can join at Sac State as well a list of professional associations.

Exploring Health Careers

Students who are interested in a health profession but are not sure which route best suits them need to consider exploring. Here are some options that they have


  • NSM 88: Exploring Health Careers, 1 Unit CR/NCR offered every semester
  • Bio 186C: Intro to Health Careers, 1 Units CR/NCR offered every spring and some falls

Sites to visit

Volunteering Experience

Conferences to attend

Join Pre-Health Canvas

Current students, faculty and staff can join the Pre-Health Canvas page for additional information and resources regarding the health professions.

Join the Pre-Health Canvas

Current Student Advising

The Pre-Health Professional page provides information and resources for pre-health students at California State University, Sacramento. Students who are interested in entering a health professional program are strongly encouraged to meet with an adviser who does pre-health advising.

Are you a student who is interested in pursuing one of these health professions?

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Post-Baccalaureate Programs
  • Veterinary Medicine

Please email When emailing, please include your name, Sac State ID#, saclink email, and area you are looking to gain information on.

Students interested in pursuing:

  • Health Science
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Communication and Speech Disorders
  • Audiology
  • Public Health

Please contact the College of Health and Human Services' Success Center to connect with an advisor.

Students interested in Dietetics contact the Department of Family and Consumer to connect with an advisor.

If there is an area of health that is not listed that you are interested in please email to be connected with the appropriate person for advising and resources.

Faculty and Staff

Pre-Health Advisors Listserv

Join the Sacramento State pre-health advisors listserv. This is an excellent venue to ask other advisors questions regarding various health professions that students might ask you. As a member of the listserv, you will receive updated information from the various health professional organizations like AAMC, ADEA, etc., information about professional development or informational webinars, and information on programs for students to gain experience in the field. If you are interested in joining, email to be added.

Pre-Health Advising Professional Organization

Join the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). NAAHP serves as a resource for the professional development of health professions advisors. When you join NAAHP, you automatically become a member of the regional association, Western Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (WAAHP). Annual membership is $195. Visit their website for additional information and how to join.

Exploring Health Career

Advisors who are interested in learning more about the health professions please contact Richard Aguirre, SEE Services Coordinator.


If you have graduated and are looking to speak to a pre-health advisor please email to be connected with the appropriate advisor and resources.