Pre-Health Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Major in Pre-Health?
  • At UAH, you are able to have Pre-Health as an interest on top of your concrete degree. For example, a major in Nursing with Pre-Med Interest, or Biology with an Exercise Physiology Minor with Pre-PT Interest.
  • It is important to major in a degree with classes you'll enjoy. You do not have to major in something in particular to go your professional school of choice. Major in what interests you.
  • Majoring in something you are interested in also assists in higher grades, which also helps with GPA requirements for professional school, as well.
Can I be a pre-med student in any of the majors? Is a major preferred?
  • Yes, as long as the requirements of the professional schools are met. There is no "pre-med" major at UAH. As long as students work together with their major Academic Advisor and their Pre-Health Advisor, they can major in anything they want.
  • While some majors may incorporate several prerequisites for medical school in their requirements, you can major in any area of interest. Many schools are interested in candidates with diverse interests and backgrounds
What services do the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising offer?
  • This office advises all UAH students interested in a variety of health professions.
  • Students receive individual appointments, workshops, a pre-health e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, student groups.
  • During the application process, students receive one-on-one with students to ensure their file is most ready for the application cycle.
  • The Pre-Health Advisor reviews all pre-health resumes and personal statements. Mock interviews are held for students to better prepare for interviews.
What's the difference between my Pre-Health Advisor & my Academic Advisor?
  • Your Pre-Health Advisor assists in building a competitive application to professional school. They help pre-health students stay on the "pre-health track" with necessary class requirements, community service, and shadowing. Your Pre-Health Advisor provides assistance with interviewing and resume skills. They give guidance on how to improve your application and grow developmentally.
  • Academic Advisors assist students in staying on track to graduate from UAH. They help students register for the correct courses for UAH, answer specific major questions, and give access codes for registration. They also give advice and guidance on courses and education. They work closely with the Pre-Health Advisor.
What factors affect admission into health-profession schools? What should my GPA be?
  • Health-profession schools' selections are based upon several factors in addition to: GPA, required entrance exam scores, letters of evaluation, personal history and background, interests and hobbies, motivation, dedication to field, passion outside of field, service, knowledge and involvement in the health profession, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, opportunities taken to grow and challenge oneself, and a personal interview.
  • While a certain GPA will not guarantee admission, a majority of students who stand a good chance of gaining an interview have a 3.5 Cum GPA or greater and a 3.5 Cum Science GPA or greater. "Science" generally includes biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Does your office set up volunteering/shadowing opportunities for pre-health students?
  • We have established a supportive network of trusting organizations and healthcare facilities in the surrounding area. We also work with students to provide them with places to start and the tools with which to begin.
When is the best time to apply to maximize my chances for admission?
  • It is important to ask, "When is the earliest I can apply?" instead of "When is the deadline." Many schools function under a rolling admissions policy, which means they are operating under a set number of interview slots or seats to fill. At the beginning of the process, they can consider more students, while those applying at the end are considered for the few remaining slots.