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Pre-Health Related Programs


Each Fall semester, approximately 200 first-year students enter UNCW stating an intent to pursue a career in the health professions after completing their undergraduate studies. Admission to post-graduate professional schools of health is highly-competitive and the academic and personal preparation required to be a successful applicant is both rigorous and challenging.

The mission of the UNCW Pre-Health Professions Advising Program is to provide consistent guidance, support and encouragement to all pre-health professions students starting at orientation and continuing through the junior and senior year post-graduate school application process. The primary goal is to increase the number of pre-health students who apply for and successfully obtain admission to graduate schools in health-related professions. The overall objective of the program is to provide students with the academic and personal preparation necessary to be uniquely-qualified applicants. To further this mission, the program offers the following programs and services:

  • One-on-One Advising
    Three academic advisors specifically for pre-health professions students, provided through University College until the time a major is declared, and through the College of Arts and Sciences post-declaration.

  • Pre-Health Professions Cornerstone Learning Community
    An opportunity to live with other pre-health students, attend introductory biology and chemistry lectures and dedicated labs together, and benefit from participation in a Pre-Health Integrative Freshman Seminar.

  • UNCW - SEAHEC Pre-Health Professions Partnership
    A university-community partnership designed to improve the quality and competitiveness of pre-health students. This partnerships allows for a Fall semester speakers series which provides insight into the social, economic, political, organizational and professional contexts in which healthcare is delivered, and selected students are provided access to vibrant clinical field experiences during the Spring semester.

  • Pre-Health Professions Admissions e-Portfolio
    A structured, internet-based file containing information critical to preparing successful applications to professional schools of health from around the nation.

  • Community Connect
    Access to clinical shadowing, volunteer, community service and leadership experiences available both on- and off-campus.

  • Pre-Health Website
    A comprehensive website offering access to a wide-range of resources including descriptions of all components of the UNCW Pre-Health Professions Advising Program, an overview of health careers, links to North Carolina, regional and national professional schools of health, information about summer enrichment programs, advice and valuable insights into all aspects of the application and admission process, and much more.

  • Pre-Health Professions Clubs
    All pre-health professions students are welcome to join. Currently clubs include: American Medical Student Association Chapter, Pre-Dental Student Organization and Pre-Vet Medical Association.

Advising Areas

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine (allopathic and osteopathic)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Veterinary Medicine

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