Concordia University Ann Arbor offers several Pre-Healthcare programs that prepare students to enter professional schools in fields such as medical, dental, physical therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy, and occupational therapy. Many students begin as Biology majors and apply to a professional school to further their career goals.

General Admission Information

Admission into these programs is competitive and is dependent upon entrance exam scores, GPA, shadowing hours, a personal interview, and letters of recommendation. Pre-healthcare students should communicate with their academic advisor early in their college career so that all prerequisites can be met for professional school admission requirements.

Concordia University students receive admission advantages as outlined below for the following CU professional schools:


While Concordia University Wisconsin follows a holistic approach to the admission process where numerous aspects of the application are considered, to be guaranteed an interview invitation, candidates must have:

  • A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • A composite PCAT score of 35 or greater
  • A grade of C- or better in all pharmacy prerequisite coursework

Please also note:

  • Three letters of reference are required
  • There is no supplemental application for CUW-SOP

A bachelor’s degree is not required to begin the Doctor of Pharmacy program; however, applicants must have completed the minimum undergraduate pre-pharmacy coursework below before classes begin in August (requirements can be completed in two years).

Pharmacy Early Assurance

The Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy offers an Early Assurance pathway into their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for high school seniors who complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at Concordia University Ann Arbor and seek a clear pathway through the Pharm.D. application and admission process. Learn more here.

Physical Therapy

Concordia University Wisconsin will hold admission slots for the DPT program for Concordia University students who meet certain requirements. Priority admission will be granted to CU students who, at the time of submitting their application:

  • Are not missing more than one prerequisite science course
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.45 in prerequisite science courses
  • Submit all application materials by the priority deadline for "Early Decision," and
  • Successfully complete a personal interview

All prerequisite science courses must be completed at Concordia, and cannot have been previously completed at another institution. If a prerequisite science course is repeated, the first, original grade will be considered when determining whether or not the student is eligible for priority admission. CU students who meet these requirements are not required to take the GRE.

To qualify for the priority admission, students must apply to CUW using the "Early Decision" option in PTCAS. Students from CU who do not apply for "Early Decision" will not be granted priority admission, will have to take the GRE, and will have their applications considered with all applicants to the program in that year.

Physician Assistant (PA)

Current, full time CU students who will graduate with a bachelor's degree from CU will be guaranteed an interview for the PA program if he or she has:

  • Completed their PA application by the deadline
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 and
  • A cumulative prerequisite science grade point average of at least 3.40

CU alumni will be guaranteed an interview if they achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.40, and a cumulative prerequisite science GPA of at least 3.40 while attending CU.

Pre-Healthcare Contact Information

If you’d like more information about CUAA’s Pre-Healthcare programs or would like to talk about your options, please contact:

Kelsi L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Academic Operations
Assistant Professor of Biology
Concordia University Ann Arbor