Pre-professional programs are undergraduate tracks designed to prepare you for a professional degree after earning your bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa.

Pre-professional preparation is not a traditional major, it’s pre-determined roadmap tailored for specific careers in the fields of health, engineering or law. Your advisor will guide you through planning, course selection, student organization involvement and admissions requirements to increase your chances of being admitted to your professional program of choice.

Pre-Professional Tracks


The pre-audiology track in communication disorders will provide the academic preparation and experiences required for admission into a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. 


Through UNI’s unique Chiropractic 3+1 program, you can fast-track your chiropractic career – saving you time and money.


The Pre-Dentistry program at UNI is designed to keep pre-dental students on track to meet the most common requirements for medical programs and the topics for the DAT exam. 


An undergraduate track consisting of courses, advisors and resources who are looking forward to a career in law.


The pre-medical track is designed to keep pre-med students focused on meeting the most common requirements for medical programs and the topics for the MCAT exam.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. The Pre-Occupational Therapy track at UNI will prepare you for admission to professional school.


UNI's pre-optometry track will enable you to complete your prerequisite coursework, earn a bachelor's degree and obtain assistance with the optometry school preparation and application process.


A pharmacist is someone who dispenses prescription medications to patients and offers expertise in the safe use of medication. The pre-pharmacy program at UNI will prepare you for admission into your pharmacy graduate program of choice.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-physical therapy at UNI is designed to keep you on track to meet the most common requirements for a variety of graduate-level health programs.


If you're interested in using radiation to provide images of the tissues, organs, bones and vessels that comprise the human body, a dual degree from UNI and Allen College is the right choice.


Sonography is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body, which can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions. Your path to this health profession starts at UNI!

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

If you have a passion for animals and a calling to protect public health, pre-veterinary studies at the University of Northern Iowa will prepare you for veterinary school.

Pre-Professional at the University of Northern Iowa

A pre-professional track will give you the foundation to continue your education successfully. University of Northern Iowa advisors will:

  • Recommend majors, minors and courses that will prepare you for entry into professional programs in law, health and engineering.
  • Suggest ways to develop your writing and critical thinking skills to prepare for various entrance exams, like the LSAT or MCAT.
  • Introduce you to active learning opportunities and student organizations that can further enhance your resume.