Become a Health Sciences Major

When it comes to the Health Sciences field, you’ve got options at Elmira. We offer several majors and programs to take you directly into the field of your choice in just three or four years, such as a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences or Nursing. Whether you want to take a traditional academic path or an accelerated one, we empower you with the education, skills, and real-world experiences to prepare you for a promising future.

“Elmira gives you a lot of opportunities to really explore your major and do a lot of things in the hospital.”
–Ana Marotti '23

Explore Pre-Health Options

Some of our most popular Pre-Health majors include Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry. Under these majors, there are many different specialized career paths you can take. Explore these majors and others and discover which one suits your interests and goals.

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Dual Health-Care Degrees through LECOM

Our partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) creates many unique learning opportunities for our students. You can choose different academic tracks that are available for different majors and even fast-track your degree and graduate earlier.

  • 4+2 BS/DO: Our accelerated six-year program is ideal for the Biology major who aims to be a doctor of osteopathic medicine. In partnership with LECOM, you can have your Bachelor of Science degree in Biology within three years and earn your DO in six years, all without having to take the MCAT or complete additional graduate school applications.
  • 3+1 Clinical Laboratory Sciences: You can become a licensed clinical laboratory scientist, medical laboratory scientist, or medical technologist with our Clinical Laboratory Science 3+1 program. Our Biology and Biochemistry courses will prepare you for a fourth year of hands-on training in one of our affiliated clinical laboratories in Sayre, Rochester, Jamestown, or Brooklyn.
  • Early Acceptance to LECOM: If you meet the admission requirements, our Early Acceptance Program partnership with LECOM allows you to apply to, interview for, and receive a letter of acceptance to medical school while still in high school or your first two years at Elmira. Acceptance through the EAP eliminates the stress of looking for and applying to medical school and eliminates the need to take the MCAT. You get to graduate early and save time and money!

Additional Pre-Health Partnerships

In addition to our partnership with LECOM, which allows you to combine your Health Sciences degrees and/or apply for early admission, we collaborate with other academic institutions for specific programs so you can get a head start on your career.

  • Binghamton University: Our agreement with Binghamton University allows you to transfer into Binghamton's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program after three years of undergraduate study.
  • Thiel College: Get one step closer to earning a master’s and becoming an expert in communication sciences and disorders. Through our Early Assurance agreement with Thiel College, gain provisional entry into the MS-SLP program and complete your undergrad studies at Elmira.
  • Northeast College of Health Sciences: You have the opportunity for guaranteed admission to Northeast College of Health Sciences for the Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition programs. There are two track options you can choose from.

We have additional partnerships with other academic institutions. Learn more about them and the majors that apply, which include Chiropractic, Podiatry, Speech Pathology, and more.

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Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program

If you’re in medical school, pharmacy school, or a master’s program in Medical Sciences, our post-baccalaureate pre-medical program is customized to meet your needs. Our program features the core sciences required of medical programs and includes courses in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, and Physics.

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Spotlight on Nursing, BSN

A Nursing degree requires rigorous academic coursework to enhance critical-thinking and clinical-reasoning skills. But what you learn in the classroom is just the beginning of your education. You’ll spend 180 hours working directly with registered nurses in a clinical area so you can gain the experience and confidence necessary to transition to your role as a registered nurse. You also have the chance to participate in hospital internships.

Discover Nursing at Elmira

Meet with Admissions

If you have additional questions about the application process, financial aid, or our Health Sciences program, get in touch with one of our admissions counselors. They’ll be happy to assist!

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