Majors for Pre-Health Students

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 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:

  1. Pick a major that you will find interesting and enjoy studying.
  2. 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.