Pre-Health Professions

So, you want to be a doctor? dentist? physical therapist? pharmacist? or other healthcare professional?  Great!  You can certainly become a competitive applicant at UNA and attend one of these professional schools. The pre-health professions programs at UNA are designed to provide tools, support, resources and quality academic advising for students interested in careers in the health professions. 

The Pre-Health Professions Advisor will assist undergraduates, alumni, and post-baccalaureate students by providing information about various healthcare careers in addition to helping students find shadowing opportunities and personal statement help. In addition, information about summer programs, research opportunities and pertinent information regarding the application process is provided. We ensure that a pre-health student is working towards a competitive application for health professions school.

The first thing you need to know is that you can major in any discipline and matriculate to a health professions school. Choose a major that you like and will like spending many hours studying. 

All health professions schools evaluate candidates on their academic record, volunteer experiences, shadowing experiences, and scores on the appropriate standardized tests. Each student's journey to be a competitive candidate is unique. UNA has a Pre-Health Professions Advisor who can help you on your journey.

We currently have medical students at:

  • University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
  • University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Georgia
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn Campus
  • San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN
  • St. George's University of Medicine, True Blue, Grenada

We have dental students at:

  • University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham, AL
  • University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Louisville, KY
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Bradenton, FL

We have pharmacy students at:

  • McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
  • Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University
  • Belmont University
  • Union University
  • Campbell University School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

We have veterinary medical students at:

  • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL
  • Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State, MS

We have optometry students at:

  • Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL
  • University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry, Birmingham, AL

We have physician assistant students at:

  • Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
  • University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

We have occupational therapy students at:

  • University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

We have physical therapy students at:

  • Samford University College of Health Sciences, Birmingham, AL

When you come to UNA, your classes will prepare you for the academic rigors of a health professions school.  The science courses you will take will be hard and challenging, but that is to be expected! This journey you are embarking on is a difficult one, but many students have traveled this road before you. Many will follow you!

One of the most important first steps for you is to read Pre-Health Essentials at UNAThis document tells you what you must do to become a competitive applicant.  Click here to download.

Want to talk with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor? Schedule an appointment by emailing prehealth@una.edu.