Health Sciences Degree Programs

Pace offers a number of options for students interested in Health Professions.

Pre-medical, Pre-dental, Pre-veterinary, Pre-osteopathy
Students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or osteopathy may major in any field as long as they take the courses required for entry into professional schools. These courses are general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology, general physics and calculus. However, it is recommended that students pursue either biology, biochemistry or chemistry as their undergraduate major since these provide better preparation for the professional school entrance examinations. A Pre-Professional Committee serves to guide each student towards and through the application process and to assure an effective and appropriate course of study to qualify for admission to the selected school. Composed of faculty members from different departments, this committee is a prime example of Pace’s “work-with-you” approach to education. The committee monitors, evaluates and advises throughout the student’s undergraduate years. For more information, contact Chair of the Pre-professional committee, Dr. Robert Parks, rparks2@pace.edu, at the New York City campus or Dr. Charlene Hoegler, choegler@pace.edu, at the Pleasantville campus.

Communication Sciences and Disorders, BA (NYC)
The communication sciences and disorders major introduces students to the fields of speech- language pathology and audiology. This program provides a strong foundation for graduate study in either of these fields and prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in hospitals, schools, community agencies, private practice, or research.

Joint Degree Programs in Health Professions with Other Institutions
Unique cooperative education agreements between Pace and other institutions of higher learning exist in several health professional areas. Candidates for admission to combined undergraduate/ graduate degree programs must satisfy separate admission requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate parts of the program. Admission to the undergraduate part of the program does not guarantee admission to the graduate part of the program. For more information, consult the preprofessional advisor.

Occupational Therapy, BS/MS (NYC, PLV)
This program consists of three years of study at Pace and two additional years of study in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Pace and a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Columbia. To be eligible for the program, students must choose one of the following undergraduate majors: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, applied psychology and human relations, or psychology.

Optometry, BS/Doctor of Optometry (NYC, PLV)
This program consists of three years of study at Pace and four additional years of study at the State University of New York’s State College of Optometry in Manhattan. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pace and a Doctor of Optometry degree from S.U.N.Y. To be eligible for the program, students may choose one of the following undergraduate majors: biochemistry, biology, or chemistry.

Podiatry, BS/Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (NYC, PLV)
This program consists of three years of study at Pace and four additional years of study at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pace and a Doctor of Podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. To be eligible for the program, students must major in biology.