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HealthPro Start

HealthPro Start is a unique program leading to a professional degree in one of nine areas:

  • Anatomic Pathologists' Assistant
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Mortuary Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy Technology
  • Radiologic Technology

Incoming freshmen accepted to HealthPro Start are guaranteed admission to their program of choice in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as long as the continuation criteria are met.

HealthPro Start trains innovators and critical thinkers, nurturing future leaders by treating students as part of the pharmacy and health science communities. The program emphasizes mentoring and research opportunities for each student and provides immediate and ongoing contact with program faculty and students. HealthPro Start undergraduates are also Honors students.

Minimum requirements for application

  • Indication of a 3.75 or higher grade-point average
  • Submission of an ACT score of 27 or higher
  • Description and explanation of the amount of time and experience related to activity in:
    • health care (interviews with a health professional in the selected program or shadowing, volunteer, or work experience)
    • community service
    • team activities (athletics, debate, etc.)
    • leadership
    • employment
    • summer activities
    • high school extracurricular activities
  • Submission of a one-page typed essay describing why you are pursuing HealthPro Start and why you should be accepted
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation:
  • one from a high school teacher, counselor or administrator familiar with your extracurricular activities, team and/or leadership skills
  • one from a member of the community (may not be a family member or from your high school) who can address your health care experience, service and/or employment

Students with an outstanding record of achievement who meet the minimum requirements and complete a separate HealthPro Start application will be considered for an invitation to campus and a series of interviews with representatives from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Honors College.

How to apply

Your application package to Honors must include

  • admission to Wayne State University by November 16 (apply online at admissions.wayne.edu)
  • a completed HealthPro Start application
  • a high school transcript
  • an ACT score of 27 or higher
  • a 3.75 or higher grade-point average
  • details of honors received in high school
  • a one-page essay detailing how you became interested in and why you should be admitted to the program
  • a description and explanation of experiences as listed under minimum requirements
  • letters of recommendation as listed under minimum requirements

HealthPro Start Application (PDF)
Matriculation to EACPHS form (PDF)

Continuation criteria

  • Good standing and active membership in the Honors College
  • Completion of HON 1000, Honors section of P S 1010, HON 3000 Service-Learning, and an HON 42XX Seminar
  • Demonstration of continuing volunteer work related to pharmacy or health science
  • Maintenance of a 3.30 or higher grade-point average for the first year and a 3.50 or higher thereafter
  • Maintenance of a 3.0 or higher grade-point average in biology, chemistry, math and physics courses
  • Completion of the prerequisite coursework for the desired program
  • Participation in HealthPro Start seminars
  • Submission of a monthly journal of HealthPro Start experiences


Application deadline

Submit all items by March 1 to:

HealthPro Start
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
2100 Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

For more details about HealthPro Start, visit honors.wayne.edu or call Honors at (313) 577-3030.