Pre-Health Sciences

Pre Health Sciences Degree

The Pre-Health Sciences program at University of Cincinnati Clermont College is a two-year degree program that prepares students to for transition into the Health Sciences baccalaureate degree program at University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences (UC-CAHS), which can be obtained in four years. We offer small class sizes that are normally limited to 40 students. Laboratory courses are limited to 20 students and are taught by faculty (no assistants). While at Clermont College, you have the great opportunity to be involved in an independent project, undergraduate research program, conference presentation and publication, as well as extra extracurricular and volunteer activities.

The Pre-Health Sciences associate degree program provides the foundational knowledge for those students who seek to work employment in the health industry as well as those that choose to continue their education and pursue higher degrees in the health sciences.

Bachelor degrees are usually preferred for employment opportunities in the health sciences, such as for Athletic Trainers, Environmental Health Specialists, Health Information Specialists, or Research Assistants. Bachelor degree recipients may also choose to enter a variety of graduate school programs to become a Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Physician, or dentist for example.                                         

Although completion of the pre-pharmacy program does not qualify students for any licensure or certification for employment, students who successfully complete the associate degree are prepared to transfer into UC College of Allied Health Sciences’ baccalaureate degree program. Associate degree graduates may be prepared for a wide range of positions in hospitals, medical offices, business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Pre-Health Sciences

What is Pre-Health Sciences?

The study of health sciences combines a comprehensive basic science education with courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. The end result is a rigorous science-based education that provides a well-rounded understanding of the structure and function of the human body.

Most students study health sciences to prepare for a career in medicine or the allied health professions.

This program prepares students for application to the health sciences baccalaureate degree program in the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS). The curriculum consists of freshman and sophomore level courses for application to CAHS.

You should have strong science and math ability and enjoy problem solving.  You should have strong interpersonal skills and also enjoy working with people. The professions many health sciences students choose require close personal contact, so being comfortable around people, with the ability to interact successfully with new people is important.

Career Possibilities

Students with an associate degree in health sciences are prepared to work in a health care environment as an aide or in another non-professional, non-licensed role. Most often, students transition to the health science bachelor’s program, which prepares them for graduate-level programs that lead to careers in two areas: the medical profession, such as a physician, optometrist, chiropractor, physician’s assistant; or allied health professions, such as physical therapist, occupational therapist, and exercise science.

Completion of the pre-health sciences program does not qualify students for any licensure or certification for employment. This program allows students to apply to the health sciences program in the CAHS on West Campus.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Transferring to UC Requirements

You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details, or email with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Health Sciences

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


UC Clermont & UC East


Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319