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Salem College offers specialized advising programs to help students prepare for rigorous studies of law school and health professional schools including medical school, dental school, PA, PT, OT, optometry, and many others. We encourage students who are interested in these professional paths to seek assistance early in their academic careers.


Unlike many professional degree programs, law schools do not prescribe a set curriculum for students interested in studying law. They seek students with well-developed analytical skills and communication and interpretive skills. Any undergraduate major in the liberal arts can provide the necessary background to meet the expectations of law schools.

Pre-Health (including Pre-Med)

In recent years it is becoming more evident that strong preparation for medical school and other health professional schools is a broad-based liberal arts education coupled with the appropriate work in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. This is just one reason Salem’s pre-health graduates achieve such high levels of success. Salem College offers a highly-supportive atmosphere along with an uncommon level of personal attention and advising. Pre-health students have many opportunities to test themselves so that they may choose wisely in deciding whether or not they want to attend a graduate program focused on health. Students receive excellent classroom instruction and many opportunities for internships in research, clinical medicine and medical research. Most pre-health students will major in biology, chemistry, or health sciences, although students from various other programs like psychology, mathematics, and business have entered these programs.

Health Leadership Highlights


  • Salem students interested in pre-law have an on campus club which partner with various organizations connecting law and health.
  • Salem students interested in pre-law obtain practical experience in areas related to the legal profession through law office and government internships, court internships, and research and independent study.

Pre-Health (including Pre-Med)

  • Internship programs completed by recent pre-health students at Salem include experiences in lab research, animal research, medical technology, clinical trials, general and pediatric dentistry, women’s health, family medicine, emergency medicine, neonatology, and dermatology.
  • Professors in the pre-health program have a deep appreciation for their roles as personal advisors and mentors. Together, they foster a supportive and collaborative learning environment in which your student experience is the top priority.

Jobs and Outcomes


Pre-Law students at Salem College are able to work with an advisor to develop an individualized pathway. Students are able to declare a major and select supplemental courses that will enhance their journey to best fit their legal career goals. While many students focus on attending law school, other students are interested in this designation to go into other fields such as law enforcement, advocacy, higher-education, human resources, politics, entrepreneurship, and more. Salem College also boasts our robust ethics focus that ensures our students are prepared wherever their path leads.


Pre-health graduates at Salem often go into a variety of fields. While some are practicing physicians, others have pursued research or other clinical specialties including physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, genetic counseling, and others. Other opportunities for pre-health students have included social work, medical technologists, and working in the pharmaceutical industry.

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