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					                                Medicine and Other Health Professions
“Premedicine” or “premed” is not       How to Prepare for the Health Care                           How UCI Can Help
an actual academic major. Rather,                                                                   UCI	 offers	 the	 following	 prerequisite	 coursework	 as	
                                       Professions Program                                          well as volunteer and research opportunities to pre-
the term “premed” refers to the
                                                                                                    pare you for the health professions:
body of undergraduate coursework       The minimum undergraduate preparation required
that all students must take in order   by most schools in the health professions includes the
                                                                                                    •	 	 The	 Biological	 Sciences	 Core	 Curriculum:	 A	 broad	
to be considered for admission         following coursework:
                                                                                                         yet intensive interdisciplinary sequence of lecture
to the many health professional                                                                          and laboratory courses in modern experimental
schools, such as medical, dental,      •	 One	year	of	biology	with	laboratory	(some	schools	
                                                                                                         biology
pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, or         require more)
                                                                                                    •	 A	broad	range	of	upper-division	biology	laboratory	
                                       •	 One	year	of	general	chemistry	with	laboratory
veterinary school.                                                                                       and lecture courses
                                       •	 One	year	of	organic	chemistry	with	laboratory
                                                                                                                                                      c
                                                                                                    •	 Physical	sciences	coursework	in	chemistry,		 alculus,	
Health professions include:            •	 One	year	of	physics	with	laboratory
                                                                                                         and physics
•	 Chiropractic                        •	 One	year	of	English	composition
                                                                                                    •	 Extensive	laboratory,	field,	and	clinical	undergradu-
•	 Dentistry                                                                                             ate research opportunities
                                       In addition, courses in cell or molecular biology, bio-
•	 Genetic	Counseling                                                                               •	 Biological	Sciences	3A.	A	course	that	prepares	stu-
                                       chemistry, statistics, genetics, and developmental
•	 Medical	Technology                  physiology or comparative anatomy are recommend-
                                                                                                         dents for the application process to health profes-
•	 Medicine	(Allopathic	and	                                                                             sional schools
                                       ed as is coursework in computer science. Some health
   Osteopathic)                                                                                     •	 UCI	 School	 of	 Medicine	 Annual	 Premedical	
                                       science schools also recommend additional courses
•	 Nursing                                                                                               Conference
                                       in,	for	example,	English,	languages	other	than	English,	
                                                                                                    •	 Health-related	courses:
•	 Occupational	Therapy                social sciences, and speech communication.
•	 Optometry                                                                                        				   Biology	of	Cancer
•	 Pharmacy                            What Health Professional Schools Look For
                                                                                                    	      Biology	of	Heart	Disease
•	 Physical	Therapy                    Schools in the health professions evaluate an appli-
                                                                                                    	      Biomedical	Ethics
•	 Physician	Assistant                 cant’s academic abilities and personal qualities
                                                                                                    	      Addressing	Disparities	and	Healthcare
•	 Podiatry                            through several factors:
•	 Veterinary	Medicine                                                                              Beyond the Classroom
                                       •	 College	grade	point	average	(both	cumulative	GPA	
                                                                                                    Research	 opportunities	 and	 student-run	 clubs	 and	
                                          and	science	GPA)
                                                                                                    programs allow students to go beyond the classroom
                                       •	 Scores	 on	 admissions	 tests	 (Medical	 College	
                                                                                                    to	 learn	 about	 the	 health	 professions.	 Each	 quarter,	
                                          Admission	Test,	Dental	Admission	Test,	Optometry	
                                                                                                    several hundred students participate in health-relat-
                                          Admission	 Test,	 Pharmacy	 College	 Admission	 Test,	
                                                                                                    ed	undergraduate	research	at	the	School	of	Medicine	
                                          etc.)
                                                                                                    and	 at	 the	 UCI	 Medical	 Center,	 in	 such	 departments	
                                       •	 Personal	Statement	and	interview
                                                                                                    as pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and
                                       •	 In-depth	letters	of	recommendation
                                                                                                    psychiatry	 and	 human	 behavior.	 Pre-health	 profes-
                                       •	 Practical	 volunteer	 experience	 in	 a	 health	
                                                                                                    sions students also find support and affiliation in a
                                          profession
                                                                                                    variety of student clubs and organizations, including
                                       •	 Research	 experience	 in	 biological,	 medical,	 behav-
                                                                                                    Alpha	 Epsilon	 Delta,	 Chicanos	 for	 Creative	 Medicine,	
                                          ioral, or physical sciences
                                                                                                    the	Dental	Club,	the	Flying	Samaritans,	the	Pre-Health	
                                       •	 Extracurricular	activities	(student	clubs	and	organi-
                                                                                                    Undergraduate	 Student	 Organization,	 Public	 Health	
                                          zations, community involvement, athletics, etc.)
                                                                                                    Student	Association,	U	See	Eyes,	and	many	more.	
Medicine and Other Health Professions

Health Professional Schools Within                   the           Admissions and Relations with Schools                              Accommodations: Upon request, this publication will
                                                                                                                                      be made available in alternative formats for people with
University of California System                                    204	Aldrich	Hall                                                   disabilities.	 Contact	 the	 UCI	 Disability	 Services	 Center;	
The	 UC	 system	 offers	 a	 variety	 of	 health	 profes-           University	of	California                                           telephone	(949)	824-7494,	TDD	824-6272.	The	campus	and	all	
sions	programs.	For	instance,	there	are	five	medical	              Irvine,	CA	92697-1075                                              buildings are accessible by wheelchair.
schools	within	the	University	of	California:	at	Davis,	            Telephone:	(949)	824-6703                                          Campus Safety: Pursuant	 to	 the	 Federal	 Jeanne	 Clery	
Irvine,	 Los	 Angeles,	 San	 Diego,	 and	 San	 Francisco.	         www.admissions.uci.edu                                             Disclosure	 of	 Campus	 Security	 Policy	 and	 Campus	 Crime	
However,	 you	 should	 know	 that	 attending	 one	                                                                                    Statistics	 Act,	 UCI	 annually	 makes	 available	 to	 the	 public	
                                                                                                                                      statistics on reported occurrences of criminal activity on and
of	 the	 UC	 campuses	 as	 an	 undergraduate	 does	                General Campus Information                                         off	campus	and	at	UCI	Medical	Center	at	www.police.uci.edu/
not	 assure	 admission	 to	 a	 UC	 medical	 school.	 You	          Telephone:	(949)	824-5011                                          awareness/jca.html.
must apply and be considered along with all other                  www.uci.edu                                                        Nondiscrimination Policy:	 The	 University	 of	 California,	
applicants.                                                                                                                           in	 accordance	 with	 applicable	 Federal	 and	 State	 law	 and	
                                                                   UCI General Catalogue                                              University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of
                                                                                                                                      race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity,
In	 addition,	 UC	 operates	 several	 other	 health	 pro-          UCI	Bookstore                                                      pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition
fessions programs, including dental schools, two                   Telephone:	(949)	824-2665                                          (cancer	 related	 or	 genetic	 characteristics),	 ancestry,	 marital	
public health schools, two nursing schools, a school               www.book.uci.edu                                                   status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the
                                                                                                                                      uniformed services. The University also prohibits sexual
of pharmacy, and a school of veterinary science.                   www.editor.uci.edu/catalogue	(PDF	Version)                         harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission,
UC	also	operates	five	general	acute-care	hospitals,	                                                                                  access, and treatment in University programs and activities.
                                                                                                                                      For	more	information,	call	(949)	824-5594.
many clinics, and two neuropsychiatric institutes in
conjunction with its health sciences schools.

Consider Alternative Health Science Careers
Since competition for entrance to medical school
is keen, and not all qualified applicants can be
accommodated, it is important to keep alternative
career opportunities in mind should you not be
accepted to the professional school of your choice.
For	example,	you	might	consider	a	career	in	health	
care administration, medical technology, public
health, teaching and research in the basic medical
sciences, or management positions in biomedical
technology	 and	 manufacturing.	 A	 UCI	 education	
will serve you well in your pursuit of other health-
related professional fields.

For More Advice
Your	 UCI	 academic	 counselor	 will	 help	 plan	 a	
program that will offer the types of courses you
will need for professional school or other health-
related programs and professions. In addition,
health science advising is a specialty of the School
of	 Biological	 Sciences	 Undergraduate	 Counseling	
Office,	 whose	 staff	 is	 trained	 to	 help	 students	
from every major with questions about cours-
es, prerequisites, professional school admission
requirements, and other related programs.

Additional Information
School of Biological Sciences
Undergraduate	Counseling	Office
University	of	California
Irvine,	CA	92697-1460
Telephone:	(949)	824-5318
www.bio.uci.edu



  Note: Major	advising	provided	by	Paul	
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