Earn your Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at The Ohio State University.

Please note all information on this page is for our Traditional Program. If you are looking for information for completing the Health Sciences program online, please visit our Online Program page.

Admissions and Application Procedures

Applicant must meet the following minimum requirements and submit requested materials to be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines:

Summer 2019
Priority Deadline*: February 28, 2019
Deadline: March 8, 2019

Autumn 2019
Priority Deadline*: January 31, 2019
Deadline: June 20, 2019

Spring 2020
Priority Deadline*: October 15, 2019
Deadline: November 6, 2019

*Students are highly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline to the Health Sciences program. This will help the Health Sciences division accommodate scheduling preferences and give students access to both online and on campus classes. It also assists the Health Sciences department in forecasting course demands.
  1. An electronic application is available from the OSU Professional Admissions Website.  Click on "Applications and Deadlines," then on the program of interest.  The application should be completed and submitted with all required supplemental documents, which may include a schedule of current planned courses to be completed, a personal statement, and official transcripts of each non-OSU college attended (sent directly from each institution).
  2. A minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA is required in all coursework taken at all accredited institutions.  All post-secondary coursework is considered.  
  3. Completion of prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the semester prior to enrollment in the professional program.  Co-requisite courses can be completed prior to starting the program or during the program.
  4. A personal interview may be requested by the Division. 

Traditional Program Prerequisites

Students who have completed or are in the process of completing the program prerequisites and wish to apply must have the following:

  1. 2.5 cumulative GPA and
  2. All of the following program prerequisite courses (6 total) or their equivalent with a C- or better by the end of the term prior to enrollment in the professional program.

Program prerequisites or equivalents (once admitted, 2 years of classes)

  • One of the following college-level math classes: 
    • Math 1148
    • Math 1149
    • Math 1150 or higher
  • Any 3 sciences from the list below, one of which should include a lab (It is up to the student to be proactive in identifying graduate programs of interest so that they can schedule the 3 science courses accordingly.): 
    • Chem 1110
    • Chem 1210
    • Chem 1220
    • Bio 1101
    • Bio 1102
    • Bio 1110
    • Bio 1113
    • Bio 1114
    • Humntr 2210
    • Microbiology 4000.01
    • Physics 1200
    • Physics 1201
  • Anatomy 2300 or Anatomy 3300 or EEOB 2510 
  • Physiology: EEOB 2520 or Physio 3200

Program co-requisites or equivalents must be completed before graduation (once admitted, 2 years of classes)

  • Psychology: Psych 1100
  • Sociology: Soc 1101 or Rurlsoc 1500
  • Medical Terminology: HTHRHSC 2500 or Classics 2010
  • Statistics: Stat 1350 or 1450 or Soc 3549
Students that have questions about their prerequisite coursework should contact an SHRS academic advisor.

Transfer students should consult this site for more information about transfer admissions, credits and scholarships.

Transcript Review

Effective immediately, the SHRS Student Services Office will no longer officially evaluate previous student credits. To have your transcripts officially reviewed, please follow the steps below:


Students who would like their previous education to be evaluated should complete the Pre-requisite evaluation form through OSU’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.  For more information visit their website HERE.


Students who complete an official pre-requisite evaluation should anticipate a 4-6 week turnaround time. The paperwork to complete the evaluation can be found HERE.

To contact OSU’s Graduate and Professional Admissions, please use the following information:

Student Academic Services Building, Lobby
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1132


Email: gpadmissions@osu.edu
Phone: 614-292-9444
Call in hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm daily
Drop in hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 10:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm


If you completed coursework in Ohio, you can use the Graduate and Professional Admissions standards page to get an idea if your coursework might be accepted:

  • Click on Health Sciences
  • Click on your school


If you completed coursework in Ohio or outside of Ohio, you can also visit transferology.com to get an idea if your coursework will transfer.

  • Select your State
  • Type in your school’s name

*Please note, not all colleges and universities will be listed on this website.


Students can make an in person or phone appointment with an SHRS advisor to discuss program information and previous coursework completed.  Transcripts are always welcome during appointments as they can be a useful tool in advisement.  However, all advisors evaluations of coursework are considered unofficial.  To schedule an appointment please call the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Student Services Office at 614-292-1706 or email us at

Direct Admissions for OSU Honors or Scholars Students

The Health Sciences program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is now offering direct admission to students that are participating in OSU’s Honors or Scholars program. These students DO NOT have to complete the application process. Once admitted, students must complete all prerequisite coursework with a C- or higher prior to starting the professional coursework.

Students who wish to be directly admitted into the Health Sciences program must meet one of the two following criteria:

1. Incoming first year students who have been selected for the Honors or Scholars program.
Current OSU students who are active in Honors or Scholars program AND have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

*Scholars groups include the following:

  • Advocates for Communities and Education Scholars
  • Architecture, Landscape and City Scholars
  • Arts Scholars
  • Biological Sciences Scholars
  • Business Scholars
  • Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars
  • Environment and Natural Resources Scholars
  • Green Engineering Scholars
  • Health Sciences Scholars
  • Humanitarian Engineering Scholars
  • Humanities Scholars
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Scholars
  • International Affairs Scholars
  • Media, Marketing and Communication Scholars
  • Mount Leadership Society Scholars
  • Politics, Society and Law Scholars
  • STEM Exploration and Engagement Scholars
  • Morrill Scholars Program
  • Young Scholars Program

Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

For more information please contact:

Christie Lukegord
Health Sciences Academic Advisor
Phone: 614-292-1706
Email: Lukegord.4@osu.edu


The Health Sciences Program requires the completion of a minor to allow students to explore other areas of academic interests.  Most minors consist of 12+ credit hours, and can sometimes overlap with a GE course. Associate degree students are not required to complete a minor.

View all minors

Credit When It's Due

Ohio’s Credit When It’s Due initiative was created to assist eligible students to obtain an Associate Degree through Ohio’s public institutions.  Students can earn this degree while working towards a bachelor’s degree or by working with a previously attended 2 year college.  Students should contact any previously attended institution to learn more.

Credit When It’s Due Website: https://www.ohiohighered.org/CWID

Credit When It’s Due Resources: https://www.ohiohighered.org/CWID/resources

An Associate Degree is not required to start in the Health Sciences Program.  However, students who hold an Associate Degree that are part of the Health Sciences program will be able to waive coursework required by the program.  This will shorten the time to graduation.  Please visit the above websites or speak to your academic advisor for more information.

High School Students

High School Students

A comprehensive academic visit for high school students and their families can include receiving information about the undergraduate and graduate programs, student financial aid, honors and scholars and campus involvement opportunities. High school students and families should schedule a University overview session to learn about the many academic and co-curricular opportunities at Ohio State. 

While you planning your University visit, you may have the opportunity to attend an academic overview as well. To find out if you have such an option, visit campusvisit.osu.edu

If an academic session is not available on the day of your selected University visit, please call 614-292-1706 to arrange an appointment with a Health and Rehabilitation Sciences advisor on the same day as your University visit. To guarantee an appointment, please call at least a week ahead of your University visit.

Students who will have Post Secondary Credit or Transfer Credit from other colleges can learn more about this type of credit from this website.

Baccalaureate Degree Holders

Baccalaureate Students

Students who have a conferred baccalaureate degree at the time of admission are required to complete all GE requirements (or acceptable equivalents) in addition to prerequisite courses and program requirements. Most courses are transferrable.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Transfer students should contact the OSU Office of Professional Admissions at 614-292-9444 for an evaluation of transfer credits and advice about scheduling acceptable prerequisite courses at other institutions.   
Students must request an official transcript to be sent to Professional Admissions at:   
The Ohio State University
Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182003
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2003

International Students

International Students

Please contact the OSU Office of Professional Admissions for information on additional requirements at: 

Professional Admissions Office
The Ohio State University 
Student Academic Services Building 
1st Floor 
281 West Lane Avenue  
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1132
Phone: (614) 292-9444 

Students are admitted provisionally, with the understanding that a satisfactory health evaluation must be on file in the Student Health Services Office prior to starting junior level courses in the Health Sciences Program. 

Please review the document on Required Health Sciences Program Immunizations for details on the specific immunizations required for the Health Sciences Program. Submit all documentation of immunizations to Student Health Services.

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