Pre-Health Programs

Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, will help prepare you for success in medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary science and other health profession-based graduate programs. Our broad curriculum exposes you to new ideas and builds your communication skills — a must for success in graduate schools.

Transylvania has a comprehensive support system for pre-health students. It begins with an advising meeting during orientation week for first year pre-health students and continues through senior year by helping students prepare for medical and graduate school interviews.

A solid background in the sciences is critical for a career in medicine and other health fields, but our pre-health students are free to select any major. You’ll still be able to take all the typical medical school prerequisites like biology, organic chemistry, physics and biochemistry.

Approximately 90 percent of the students Transylvania recommends to health profession schools are accepted, compared to the national acceptance rate of roughly 50 percent.


Eva Csuhai, Co-Chief Advisor & Professor of Chemistry

Belinda Sly, Co-Chief Advisor and Professor of Biology

Robin Prichard, Pre-Health Advisor

Phone: (859) 281-3687

Brown Science Center 209
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY

I always tell people that attending Transylvania University was the single best decision of my life, and I still feel the same way 5 years later. Transylvania University could not have prepared me better to see the forest from the trees, the diamonds in the rough,and the people among the crowd. If I could have, I would have done all my schooling at Transy because of the lasting relationships, the experiences I had and the lasting connection to my alma mater.

Daniel Cooper

Transy graduate and resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Opportunities in the Program

  • Pre-health club
  • Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity
  • Volunteering at hospitals or clinics
  • Shadowing health professionals
  • Interview skills and practice interviews
  • Resume preparation help
  • Support with personal statements
  • Pre-dental club
  • Research opportunities
  • Partnership with Appalachian Regional Healthcare
  • Pre-health Week
  • Medical study abroad opportunities

Possible Career Options

  • Athletic trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Medical doctor
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Veterinarian

Where Our Graduates Have Studied

  • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Baylor University
  • Emory University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medical School of Virginia
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Tulane University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Australia II
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • England II
  • Fiji
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea

These GlobalTransy programs have at least two courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.