Pre-Health Advising serves the students of Virginia Commonwealth University by providing information on curricula, course sequencing, volunteer service and application procedures to assist them in gaining admission to undergraduate-, graduate- and professional-level programs in the health sciences.
Most students pursuing careers in the health sciences enter the College of Humanities and Sciences with an advising track in a pre-health field that they select at the time of admission to VCU. Upon successfully completing or nearing completion of pre-requisite courses, students can apply for a position in a health sciences program. Typically, acceptance to an undergraduate- or graduate-level program in the health sciences requires high grades, competitive scores on standardized tests, excellent letters of reference and experience in a health care setting.
Advisors assist students who are interested in clinical radiation sciences, clinical laboratory sciences, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, and optometry. In addition, resources and advising to help students explore all fields of healthcare are provided.
Our pre-health advising staff specializes in assisting students who are interested in particular areas. In addition, admissions deans and directors from health professions programs play a role in advising students.
Current students are assigned to pre-health advisors based on their class standing and the first letter of their last name. Students can visit myVCU portal to identify who their pre-health advisor is and to schedule appointments.