Pre-professional studies at Mount St. Joseph University are courses of study prepared by expert faculty members that supplement your existing major and better prepare you for a career as a health professional.


Pre-professional studies offer dedicated guidance from faculty members in the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences and School of Health Sciences to help tailor your course work so that you are better prepared to pursue an advanced degree. 


Career outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2008 to 2018, 26 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy will be in the health care and social assistance industry. This industry is expected to grow by 24 percent, creating four million new jobs.



Optometrists are primary health care providers for the treatment and care of the eye and related structures. They examine, diagnose and treat conditions that may affect vision, including systemic disorders that lead to visual defects. Optometrists fit individuals for contacts, glasses and other visual aids, and help to maintain ocular or visual care.



The Mount’s pre-optometrist area of study prepares you well for a doctor of optometry. The Mount recommends students interested in pre-physician assistant studies choose a major in biology.


Health Professions Advisory Committee

Students work with their academics advisors as well as faculty members on the Health Professions Advisory Committee to design a course of study that is best suited for their specific career goals.

Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff

Eric Johnson
Department Chair & Associate Professor

  Program Requirements
Department of Biology

A major in biology blends knowledge of basic scientific processes with an appreciation of the phenomenon of life