VCU offers pre-professional health career advising to students seeking competitive admission into medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, veterinary, optometry or physician assistant programs.
Students may select an advising track in a health profession field when they are admitted to VCU or at any time during their enrollment. Our pre-professional health career advisors help prepare students for professional school application through guidance with pre-professional health curriculum, admissions test preparation, co-curricular activity involvement and application competitiveness.
VCU’s pre-professional health program is not an academic major or minor, but rather it is a combination of career development advising and a set of predetermined courses that are widely accepted across the nation for admission requirements.
Students should declare a major in an academic discipline, in addition to an advising track in one of these pre-professional health areas:
Students can only be on one track at a time. If you are interested in an unlisted health professional program, email email@example.com.
Students can meet with a career advisor at any point during their declaration or maintaining process.
It is highly recommended that students meet with a career advisor often to ensure that they are engaging in experiences and staying on track to becoming a competitive candidate for their chosen path.
Student can make an appointment with a career advisor in Handshake:
You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment from Handshake.
Students interested in a pre-professional health program must complete the following requirements prior to declaring a track and being assigned to a pre-professional health advisor:
All students declaring a pre-professional health track must earn a cumulative VCU GPA of at least a 2.7. Transfer students applying during their first semester at VCU may use their cumulative GPA from previous institutions.
Students must also complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:
Students are required to watch a Pre-Professional Health Declaration Workshop and pass a quiz for the advising track they wish to declare. These workshops can be found in the Pre-Professional Health Hub in Canvas.
Once the curricular and professional development requirements listed above are successfully completed, students are eligible to declare their pre-professional health advising track.
In order to maintain your Pre-Professional Health Track, you must maintain a 2.7 GPA.
Fulfilling the requirements to declare and maintain a pre-professional health track does not guarantee admission to a professional health program. These requirements are the minimum acceptable standards to apply to a professional health program. It is imperative that students meet with their pre-professional health advisors to develop plans to become a competent and competitive candidate.
Students who are no longer interested in pursuing their designated pre-professional health advising track must remove their advising track by visiting this page and selecting the “opt out” option. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.