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welcome to pre-health professions

If you’ve always dreamed of saving lives and helping others as a doctor, dentist or veterinarian, SFA is the right place to start. Our customizable pre-health medical program combines standard university graduation requirements with the prerequisites necessary to apply to medical school or professional medical programs. Your SFA adviser will guide you in selecting the major and courses that are best for you.   

Pre-Health Pathways

SFA offers a wide range of pre-health pathways to help position you to further your health education.

Pre-Occupational Therapy
Pre-Physician Assistant
Pre-Physical Therapy

Prepare for Professional Programs

SFA Pre-Health Student in class

Choosing a Major

There’s no single major that will guarantee acceptance to the medical school of your dreams. So be sure to study something you like. Since your GPA is critical when applying to medical school, choose a major that you’ll enjoy, so you’re more likely to put in extra effort. 

Pipeline Programs

Pipeline Programs

SFA has partnered with two Texas universities to create “pipeline programs” for Lumberjacks enrolled in SFA’s pre-pharmacy program. After completing pre-pharmacy coursework at SFA, students transfer to the University of Houston or The University of Texas at Tyler to complete a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.



    Dr. Nikki Lejeune, Class of 2013, was a bit of an overachiever at SFA, and that hasn’t changed after graduation. At SFA, she served on the Traditions Council, as a writing and chemistry tutor, and as a student member of the American Medical Student Association among many other activities. Nikki went on to graduate from veterinary school as well as co-author a book with her father. Now, she is a successful veterinarian at Mission Veterinary Hospital in Mission, Texas.


    Dr. Nikki Lejeune, Class of 2013

    Dr. Nikki Lejeune, Class of 2013



    SFA’s pre-health program has seen thousands of students through the years, but the Mack family stands out. The sons of a physician, all three Mack brothers attended SFA before going on to become successful health care professionals. After graduating from SFA, Chris Mack attended dental school and has been a dentist in Longview for more than 30 years. Andy Mack also attended dental school after SFA, went on to a four-year oral surgery residency, and has been an oral surgeon for 28 years. Ben Mack became a general surgeon, also in Longview, where he has practiced general surgery for 25 years. Three brothers – one lasting SFA legacy.

    Drs. Ben (’83), Chris (’79) and Andy Mack (’81)

    Drs. Ben (’83), Chris (’79) and Andy Mack (’81)

  • Lumberjacks Make great dentists

    After receiving his bachelor’s degree at SFA, Dr. Scott Coleman earned a doctorate in dental surgery from the UT Dental Branch at Houston. Today, Dr. Coleman has his own practice in Houston. He is also a current member of the SFA Board of Regents and a clinical adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 

    In addition, Dr. Coleman is a member of the Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship, Give Back a Smile, and International Medical Outreach, which provide free dental care to underprivileged children.


    Dr. Scott Coleman, Class of 1980

    Dr. Scott Coleman, Class of 1980

  • From SFA to medical school

    After graduating from SFA with a 4.0 GPA, biology major Bryndís Grissom is now studying osteopathic medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.

    While at SFA, Bryndís conducted research alongside Dr. Kevin Langford. She credits both Dr. Langford and Dr. Sarah Canterberry for challenging her with innovative teaching techniques. 

    Bryndís Grissom

    Bryndís Ósk Grissom, Class of 2017





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