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 intend to pursue graduate professional degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, physician assistant, pharmacy or chiropractic medicine can major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or allied health with a concentration in medical sciences.
Students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in the allied health fields of physical therapy or occupational therapy can major in allied health with a concentration in physical therapy sciences or occupational therapy sciences.
These majors at UT provide excellent preparation to succeed in these professional programs and help the student fulfill many prerequisites necessary to apply to graduate programs in the health professions.
The biology major is housed in the Department of Biology, and the biochemistry and chemistry majors are housed in the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics. The allied health majors are housed in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance.
Students interested in nursing should visit the Department of Nursing.
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 requirements of many professional schools in the health sciences.
It is important to note:
- each health profession (e.g. medicine vs. pharmacy) and each school (e.g. University of Florida vs. University of Central Florida) differs in its academic requirements for admissions
- not all classes listed below are required for every student
- not all the classes listed below are a comprehensive list as other classes may be required
- 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 or IB exams or community colleges, especially if higher-level coursework in that discipline was not taken at a four-year college or university.
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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.