About The Ohio State University PXP Program

The Ohio State University Professional Exploration Program (PXP) provides an opportunity for underrepresented undergraduates who are interested in a health professional career, but have not decided on a career path, to explore careers in nine different health professional schools.  Participants will explore career opportunities by rotating, in-person, through OSU’s College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, during the 2024-2025 academic year. This program is open to applicants meeting the eligibility requirements below. All applications will receive full and equal consideration.

This year’s PXP program, set for September 2024 through March 2025, will provide an in-depth look at career options in the various health fields on designated Saturdays shown below. In general, the programming will be determined by each hosting college/unit and will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. but may vary. Prior to each rotation, the hosting college/unit will email the details about the day to the students. This is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces, so be sure to apply soon!

The Ohio State PXP program has been designed to:

  1. Help prospective professional students learn the various roles and/or scope of practice of the different types of health professions.
  2. Expose prospective professional students to the different modes of practice available in each health profession.
  3. Expose prospective professional students to each health professional community (ex. students and faculty) and learn about the resources available to them.
  4. Help students understand the admissions processes and develop into competitive and successful applicants.

Ohio State PXP Schedule:

Students accepted into the program will be expected to participate fully in their exploration by attending all dates below.

  • Welcome and Orientation – Saturday, September 14, 2024
  • College of Nursing – Saturday, September 28, 2024
  • Department of Speech and Hearing Science – Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • College of Veterinary Medicine- Saturday, November 2, 2024
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Science* – Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • College of Dentistry – Saturday, January 25, 2025
  • College of Public Health – Saturday, February 1, 2025
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences* – Saturday, February 8, 2025
  • College of Pharmacy – Saturday, February 15, 2025
  • College of Optometry – Saturday, February 22, 2025
  • College of Medicine – Saturday, March 1, 2025
  • PXP Scholar Celebration – Saturday, March 22, 2025

*Because the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a broad and diverse array of programs, it will have two different Saturday sessions with different focus areas.

If you will not be able to attend one of the sessions above, you must get prior approval from Dr. Delgado-Nixon (College of Optometry). Failure to get pre-approval before an absence, may result in withdrawal from the program.


  • A strong academic aptitude that demonstrates the potential to succeed in a professional school (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, with a strong interest in science and math).
  • Undergraduate student at Central State University, Columbus State Community College, The Ohio State University (including regional campuses), or Wilberforce University who is interested in pursuing a professional degree and exploring their career opportunities, and have not determined their path, ex. a student that is interested in a health profession but doesn’t know which one to pursue.
  • Students who have already determined which health profession should contact those colleges/departments to identify any program-specific opportunities
  • Completed application.

Application Information:

Applications are now open and will be due Saturday, August 31st at 11:59 pm.

Please read the directions below carefully. Please read the directions below carefully. The following items will need to be uploaded in a pdf, jpeg, or doc format with your application. Please have them collected and prepared before you begin the application because you will need to complete the application in one sitting. All applications will receive full and equal consideration.

  1. Application 
  2. Unofficial transcript with courses and grades readily viewable (which will be part of the application)
    • When you create this document for upload, please name it: LastName_FirstName_Transcript

Questions about the application can be directed to Dr. Vondolee Delgado-Nixon (College of Optometry) at: Delgado-nixon.1@osu.edu.

Click here to begin your application.

Website updated – June 21, 2024