Healthcare professions schools look at a variety of academic factors when deciding which students to accept; transcripts and admissions test scores are the main academic indicators of the student’s potential to survive and thrive in professional school. The most important features of the student’s transcript are as follows:
- Ability to successfully manage full and challenging course loads
- Willingness to attempt rigorous courses
- Strong grades, especially in science/math courses
- Consistently high level of performance, semester-to-semester
With planning, these academic attributes can be demonstrated from most any major offered at UNC Charlotte.
There is no preferred major for pre-health students, and there is no requirement to major in a science. For example, over one-third of students currently entering US medical schools majored in something other than science or math; other healthcare professions schools have similar entrance statistics (30-40% of accepted students did not major in science or math).
Undergraduates must declare a major, but there are no pre-health majors or minors at UNC Charlotte; rather, students follow pre-health “tracks”. Think of a pre-health track as a plan of attack that includes the required and recommended courses for your particular area of healthcare. For instance, a pre-med student selects a major AND also follows a pre-med track; the student has a list of courses to complete for their major, and another list of courses for their pre-med track. The student works to complete both course lists during their college years.
Pre-health tracks are portable- they can be built around most any major on campus. Pre-Health Advising is available to help you plan your pre-health track around the major you’ve selected.
Pre-health students are encouraged to consider these 2 criteria when selecting a major:
- Pick a major that you will find interesting and enjoy studying.
- Have a career ‘plan B’: every pre-health student should have an alternate career path in mind; pick a major that can provide acceptable career options.
If your major meets these 2 criteria, you’ve probably picked the right major.