Pre-professional health advising
VCU offers pre-professional health 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 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:
- Pre-occupational therapy
- Pre-physician assistant
- Pre-physical therapy
- Pre-veterinary medicine
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.
Declaring a pre-professional health track
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:
Step 1: Curricular requirements
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:
Pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant or pre-veterinary medicine students
- BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151
- CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101
- CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102
- MATH 151 (or MATH 200)
Pre-occupational therapy students
- BIOL 101 and BIOZ 101
- PSYC 101
Pre-physical therapy students
- BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151
- CHEZ 101
- CHEM 102
- MATH 151
Step 2: Professional development requirements
Students are required to attend a Pre-Professional Health Interest Workshop for the advising track they wish to declare.
Students must also visit the Office of Pre-Professional Health advising blog and sign up for the weekly newsletter.
Step 3: Declare your track
Once the curricular and professional development requirements listed above are successfully completed, students are eligible to "declare their pre-professional health advising track. apply to declare their 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.
Remove a pre-professional health track
Students who are no longer interested in pursuing their designated pre-professional health advising track must remove their advising track by following the "remove a track" instructions from our blog. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.