Pre-Health Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Major in Pre-Health?
  • Pre-Health is not a major. Let's say you had a degree in "Pre-Med" and, for some reason, did not get into your professional school. Then, you'd have a degree named "Pre-Med", which wouldn't help you much in the career world.
  • It is also important to major in a degree with classes you'll enjoy. Now, you do not have to major in something in particular to go your professional school of choice. Major in what you are interested in.
  • 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, but as long as students work together with their major Academic Advisor and the 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 does the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising offer?
  • My office advises all UAH students interested in health professions.
  • Students receive individual appointments, workshops, a pre-health e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, student groups.
  • To set up an individual appointment, find a time that works for you on the Contact page.
  • During the application process, the Pre-Health Advisor works one on one with students to ensure their file is most ready for the application cycle.
  • The office collects letters of evaluations for students and disseminates a committee letter, if one is written for them, to the schools they apply to. These letters are collected to help write the committee letter.
  • In addition, the Pre-Health Advisor requires all students to have their resume and personal statement to be reviewed and will hold mock interviews for students to better prepare them for interviews.
What's the difference between my Academic Advisor and my Pre-Health Advisor?
  • Your Pre-Health Advisor assists in building your application to professional school. They help you stay on track to your school of choice with necessary class requirements, but also guide you in outside of class requirements, like community service and shadowing. They provide assistance with interviewing and resume skills. They give advice and guidance on how to improve one's application and grow developmentally.
  • Your Academic Advisors assist you in staying on track to graduate from UAH. They help you register for the correct courses for UAH, your specific major, and give you 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 by GPA be?
  • Health-profession schools' selections are based upon several factors, including GPA, required entrance exam scores, letters of evaluation, personal history and background, interests & 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 personal interview.
  • While a certain GPA will not guarantee admission, a majority of students who stand a good chance of getting interviews have a 3.5 or greater overall GPA and a 3.5 or greater science GPA. "Science"generally includes biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, also known as a BCPM GPA.
What do I need to make on my MCAT?
  • While a certain score on your MCAT will not guarantee admission, a majority of students who stand a good chance of getting interviews get over a 29. Obviously, students should aim as high as they can go. Practice tests and preparation go a long way.
Does your office set up volunteering/shadowing opportunities for pre-health students?
  • Our offices works with students to provide them with places to start and the tools in which to begin.
  • Our office works with students to learn how to contact other offices and start the process for these opportunities.
When is the best time to apply to maximize my chances for admission?
  • Start your application as close as possible to the date the common application service opens. It is much policy 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, which means they must be all the more impressive.