Pre-Health Advising FAQ

WELCOME to Pre-Health Professions Advising at UNC Charlotte.  UNC Charlotte has a large population of pre-health students on campus, including undergraduates, postbaccalaureate students, and graduate students.  The FAQ’s below will help explain how pre-health students and pre-health advising work together.

  • What is a “pre-health student”, and what is a “pre-health track”?

“Pre-health” means that the student would like to attend a healthcare-related professional school after leaving UNC Charlotte.  In order to reach this goal, the student must complete certain academic and extracurricular requirements to prepare for an application to the professional school.  We refer to this is following a “pre-health track”.   For example, a student who wants to become a dentist would follow a pre-dental track and would be referred to as a pre-dental student.


  • Does UNC Charlotte offer formal programs, such as a pre-med program or a pre-optometry program?

UNC Charlotte does not offer any formal, structured pre-health “programs”. Students follow pre-health “tracks”, which are not formal programs.  “Tracks” allow freedom for students to pick most any major on campus and design a timeline and course plan that best fits their individual needs.  The Pre-Health Professions Advising office is available to help students plan their pre-health tracks.


  • Which healthcare professions are advised by Pre-Health Professions Advising?

Advising is available for most healthcare fields, with a few exceptions; UNC Charlotte provides specific advising for these majors through their respective Colleges or Departments:

Nursing, Public Health, and Respiratory Therapy:  Advising is available in the College of Health and Human Services Advising Center .

Logan College of Chiropractic 3 + 3 Program:  Advising is available through the Biology Department.


  • Can I just follow a pre-health track without finishing a bachelor’s degree?

In some instances, yes.  Students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree typically enroll and complete both their bachelor’s degree and pre-health track  at UNC Charlotte.  The student works on both sets of requirements simultaneously during their stay at UNC Charlotte. 

Very few healthcare professional schools accept students without bachelor’s degrees; the notable exception is pharmacy school.  Note, however, that ~75% of students currently entering pharmacy school complete 3-4 years of college.


  • I already have a bachelor’s degree.  Can I just take the required courses for my pre-health track?

Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree can enroll and take the required courses for their pre-health tracks, with or without finishing a second degree. 


  • How do I become a pre-health student?  Do I have to apply or sign a form?

There is no application or form to sign.  The first step is to complete an orientation to your pre-health track.  Orientations are available as live group orientations at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and online orientations are also available.  Your pre-health track orientation will cover everything you need to know to get started on your pre-health track:  required and recommended courses, GPA expectations, timeline options, extracurricular activities, and more. 


  • Is the Pre-Health Advisor my Academic Advisor?

No.  Students are assigned an official academic advisor according to their declared major.  The academic advisor is the advisor for all matters related to the major and the degree requirements; pre-health advising does not replace academic advising. 


  • Am I required to meet with the Pre-Health Advisor?

No, pre-health advising is optional.  Students determine when and how much guidance they want or need.  Freshmen must receive their orientation before office appointments can be scheduled.