Pre-Health Advising

Pre-Health information

For students interested in pursuing a career in a health care-related field (such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.), pre-health advising is available. Students receive information on prerequisite coursework, admissions tests, and admissions requirements, standards, and procedures for the health care area of their choice.  Interested students can also sign up to join a pre-health distribution list to receive e-mail notification of programming, scholarships, and other opportunities relevant to pre-health majors. 

Please email asadvise@louisville.edu for more information!

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1. First step - Deciding if pre-health is for you:

The UofL Career Development Center (Link) has online assessments (the Cards Career Navigator), or you can make an appointment to meet with a career counselor. These assessments can help you choose your career based on your strengths and interests. They can also connect you to internship, shadowing, and part-time employment opportunities so you can get a sense of what different careers in the healthcare field are like.

Additional websites that you may choose to explore: explorehealthcareers.org

2. Determine which health career you wish to pursue and research graduate options

Once you determine which health career you are interested in you will want to research available profession/graduate school programs with those degrees available. The best way to start is by viewing a listing of accredited programs in the United States.

Health OccupationDegreeTest for ApplicationApply viaAccrediting AgencyMore info

Audiology

AuD

GRE

School Application

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Visit the website

Dentistry

DDS/DMD

DAT

ADEA AADSAS

CODA

Visit the website

Medicine

MD

MCAT

AMCAS

AAMC

Visit the website

Medicine

DO

MCAT

AACO
MAS

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

Visit the website

Occupational Therapy

M. OT or DOT

GRE

School Application

AOTA's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

Visit the website

Optometry

OD

OAT

Optom
CAS

ASCO

Visit the website

Pharmacy

PharmD

PCAT

PharmCAS

ACPE

Visit the website

Physical Therapy

DPT

GRE

PTCAS

APTA

Visit the website

Physician's Assistant

Master's - PA

GRE

CASPA

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Visit the website

Podiatry

DPM

MCAT

AACPMAS

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)

Visit the website

Public Health

Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate

GRE

sophas or School website

Council on Education fro Public Health

Visit the website

Speech Therapy

Masters in SLP

GRE

School Application

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Visit the website

Veterinary Medicine

DVM

GRE

VMCAS

AVMA

Visit the website

3. Graduate School options

In your research on programs of interest, you will want to make note the following:

  • Prerequisite coursework required for application as this may vary from school to school
  • Required test for admission
  • Number of recommendation letters required
  • Does the school utilize a common application system or the standard graduate school application from the institution?
  • Review student profile for students admitted to the program. What is the averaged GPA of students admitted? How many seats are available?