Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

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Health & Medicine Profile

Discover something new when you come to SVSU

At Saginaw Valley State University, our health and medicine programs go above and beyond to prepare Cardinals to achieve in their medical careers. Our hard-working students are determined to challenge themselves and soar to new heights. The Cardinals in Pre-health programs care deeply about their community and are dedicated to helping the people they serve. They study neuroscience, biochemistry, biology, and more. They become supportive caregivers, dedicated doctors, committed dentists, and compassionate veterinarians. Our students develop into leaders who continually rise to the challenge and overcome obstacles. We combine classroom knowledge with extensive real-world field experiences so our students are prepared and empowered to succeed every step of the way.

Supportive mentorship from experienced professors
We understand the power of one-on-one, personalized mentoring. Our devoted SVSU faculty members are committed to workingwith students to guide them on the path to success. Because of our small class sizes and experienced professors, our students receive individualized advising for classes, medical school applications, career planning, mock interviews, and more. SVSU is passionate about mentoring students and helping them reach their highest potential.

World-class advisors
To provide support and guidance in your academic pursuits, you'll have the opportunity to work with some of the best advisors in the country, including Heidi Lang, a pre-health professions advisor with over 20 years of experience empowering students seeking medical careers and helping them accomplish their goals. In fact, she was recently honored with the Father Joseph L. Walter Award for Outstanding Health Professions Advising from a 12-state region.

Research and community engagement
At SVSU, we engage with our community and are passionate about providing the best medical care for all. Our funding for research and grants provides students with unique opportunities to extend their learning in engaging ways with the neighboring communities. We have $6 million awarded for undergraduate research and recently received a $2.8 million grant for students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate program to learn about the opioid epidemic in rural Michigan. Beyond these, many students are engaged in original and faculty-mentored research, publishing and presenting their findings at conferences around the globe.

Real-world experience with state-of-the-art simulation centers
We know the importance of hands-on experience, which is why we give our Cardinals every opportunity to learn both in and out of the classroom. Our $28 million state-of-the-art health sciences building features innovative labs and patient simulations that provide students with plenty of practical experience. The University also partners with regional hospitals, providing hundreds of clinical hours working alongside experienced health care professionals. At SVSU, your success is our top priority—we have the resources and opportunities to help you thrive.


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Ranked among the best Nursing and Social Work programs in the Midwest

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Nearly 100% job placement rate for Nursing graduates

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Over 95% of social work students achieving Council on Social Work Education competencies

Cardinals Excel & Achieve

The dedication from advisors like Lang—and the determination of our students—leads to acceptance rates for medical schools, dental schools, and pharmacy schools that far exceed the national averages. Our Early Assurance Program provides our driven students with partnerships to various medical schools and the opportunity to apply the summer before senior year. While the overall acceptance rate for medical schools in the US is around 40%, several of our SVSU cohorts have achieved 100% acceptance rates.

We're proud our students and faculty set themselves apart with their achievements. At SVSU, we push ourselves to keep advancing and strive to be the best in everything we do. That's why we have:
• Nationally accredited degree programs and
• 95% graduate school placement rate
• Nursing licensure rates far exceeding state and national averages
• Nearly 100% pass rate for Occupational Therapy students on the national board certification exam
• One of only four accredited health simulation centers in Michigan
• Nearly 100% job placement rate for Medical Laboratory Science majors

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “At SVSU, everyone is extremely supportive and inclusive to help each other on their individual journeys. I love the strength, trust, and compassion of our community as Cardinals. SVSU has consistently provided me with the tools I need to succeed in my career.”

    • Lucas Inman, Theatre
      Saginaw, Michigan
  • “You’re a name here, not just a number. Opportunities for professional development, networking events, and leadership roles helped me develop as a leader and grow into who I believe I am supposed to be.”

    • Surina Gupta, Political Science
      Saginaw, Michigan
  • “The best part about SVSU is the access to opportunities. The faculty and staff have been so open to working with me to help me grow as a person and pursue opportunities to gain experience in my field.”

    • Talia Pruiett, Social Work
      Bay City, Michigan
  • “I really like the diversity at SVSU. Being a minority, it’s great to see so many people represented. It’s so nice to be in an atmosphere that's so welcoming.”

    • Adiya Young, International Business
      Waterford, Michigan
  • “SVSU is more than just a school. It’s home. It’s always been home to me. I have created a bond with everyone and anyone here. This is my family. Once you come here, you’re not going to school—you’re joining a family.”

    • Jayson Tunstall, Accounting
      New Lothrop, Michigan