Competitive applicants to health-related professional schools usually...
Competitive applicants to health-related professional schools usually possess the following record:
- High overall and science-specific (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics) GPA
- High score on standardized entrance exam
- Extensive record of relevant extracurricular activities: student organizations, volunteering and/or community service
- Working in clinical or research settings, direct patient care and/or shadowing
- Demonstrated leadership activities
Students who are interested in going to professional school in medicine often major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry.
Students who wish to pursue graduate or professional training in allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and chiropractic medicine, in addition to other areas of interest can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in allied health. Students will choose one of three specific concentrations within the allied health major including physical therapy sciences, occupational therapy sciences and medical sciences.
Other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus, students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult the pre-health professions advisor about course work.
The following courses are typical core requirements of many professional schools in the health sciences. It is important to note, each health profession (e.g. medicine vs. pharmacy) differs in their academic requirements for admissions. Not all classes listed below are required for every student, nor are the classes listed below a comprehensive list as other classes may be required. Additionally, each professional school's requirements may vary as well; for example, classes required for the University of Florida's Doctor of Physical Therapy program may differ from classes required for the University of Central Florida's Doctor of Physical Therapy. It is imperative for students to check admission requirements for each school of interest.
Ideally students should complete these core courses before the start of their junior year by taking course loads of about 15-18 credit hours per semester. Summer school may be necessary. Students should realize that certain professional schools may not recognize credits earned from AP exams or community colleges, especially if higher-level coursework in that discipline was not taken at a four-year college or university.
BIO 198 Gen Bio I
BIO 199 Gen Bio II
CHE 152 Gen. Chem.
CHE 154 Gen. Chem. II
CHE 232 Organic Chem. I
CHE 234 Organic Chem. II
PHY 200/205 Gen. Phys. I
(with or without calc.)
PHY 201/206 Gen. Phys. II
(with or without calc.)
MAT 260 Calc. I
Anatomy and Physiology
(needed for most physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant schools)
HSC 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HSC 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Most math and science classes have prerequisites. In addition, many courses are only offered during one term of the academic year. If students have a major outside of biology or chemistry, they may want to consult with a faculty member in one of those departments for advice in scheduling math and science courses.
View UT's Catalog for degree requirements.