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:
- 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 major in something other than science or math; other healthcare professions have similar entrance statistics. Please see this link for recent majors of first-year medical students at UNC-Chapel Hill, as an example.
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 lists of courses during their college years.
Pre-health tracks are portable- they can be built around most any major on campus. The Pre-Health Professions Advising office 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 a back-up plan; pick a major that can provide acceptable career options.
If your major meets these 2 criteria, you’ve probably picked the right major.