General Coursework

Q: Do I need to have a specific major to be on a pre-health track?

A: No! There is no required major(s) for pre-health students–our office works with anyone, current undergraduates and alumni, who indicates that they are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions, and health professional schools will accept applicants regardless of major. 

Students are encouraged to explore their major options, and are welcome to dialogue with our office about a major choice or change at any time. All students just need to ensure that they are meeting the correct course requirements for their desired career program.


Q: What classes do I need to take as a pre-health student?

A: As a pre-health student, course requirements will vary based on what kind of career you are pursuing. To view the prerequisites for medical and dental school specifically, visit our Course Requirements page. To view information for other potential pathways, visit our Health Careers pages.


Q: Are AP credits accepted for prerequisite coursework?

A: AP credits are accepted on a variable basis from school to school. We strongly encourage applicants to review all of the information included on our AP Credit Policies page.

Note specifically that the University of Connecticut School of Medicine does not accept AP credit for any prerequisite coursework. To read more about UConn SOM’s policies, review this document compiled by our office.


Q: Are ECE credits accepted for prerequisite coursework?

A: Yes. ECE courses are collegiate-level coursework and will count to fulfill prerequisite requirements.


Q: When should I take my prerequisite courses?

A: There is technically no “right time” to take prerequisite courses, and timelines will depend on when you want to apply to health professional school. Generally, applicants will want to have finished their required courses before sitting for their standardized test

If you wish to matriculate directly after four years of undergraduate education, you should plan to have all of your required courses completed by the end of your junior year. If you are planning to take at least one growth year after graduation, you should aim to finish your required courses by the end of your final year.

We encourage you to view the Sample Course Timeline on our website, as well as our Deciding When to Apply page so you can become more familiar with timelines. Make sure as well to discuss your course plans not just with our office, but also with your major advisor to ensure that you are meeting all major-specific requirements, as well as general education requirements.


Q: How does my timeline change if I am thinking of taking a growth year?

A: Applicants will want to have finished their required courses before sitting for their standardized test; if you are planning to take at least one growth year after graduation, this gives you added leeway, if you want it, in when to finish your courses and take your required standardized exam. Generally, you should aim to finish your required courses by the end of your final year and sit for your exam while information is still fresh in your mind.

If you plan to take multiple growth years, keep in mind that certain programs will not accept test scores that were taken prior to a certain date–this will vary from school to school, so ensure that you’re aware of these cutoff dates.


Q: Can I study abroad if I am a pre-health student?

A: Yes! If you are able to work out a course plan in conjunction with our office and your major advisor that will allow you to fulfill all of your necessary coursework requirements and study abroad, we encourage you to do so. This can be an invaluable way to build cultural competence and awareness, and even gain an understanding of the healthcare system in a foreign country. We highly encourage you reach out to the Experiential Global Learning office to learn about possible pathways for your study abroad experience. Some options that align with pre-health coursework are Allied Health Sciences programs, Psychological Sciences programs and the Pre-Med/Allied Health Spanish Program in Granada. SPiM and Post-Bacc students can also look into the Winter Internship Program.

For those with an interest in studying abroad in Latin America that demonstrate financial need, we recommend looking through the resources offered by El Instituto on campus.


Q: What do I do if I’m a transfer student?

A: If you are a transfer student, you will need to talk with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to determine how your credits have transferred over. Keep in mind that for any school you are applying to, they will request transcripts from all institutions at which you have taken collegiate-level coursework.