Pre-health and pre-law are not undergraduate majors at the University of Washington. However, these programs require different forms of preparation, and our advisers are committed to helping you with this process. They will assist you along the way—pointing you in the right direction, helping you with timelines, giving you insights into the application process—and they will be a resource for you as you make your choices.
About pre-professional programs
Many professional programs prefer or require a bachelor's degree, so you should plan to complete an undergraduate major as well as the prerequisites of the professional program in which you are interested. In all cases, your choice of major does not affect your chances of admission to a professional program; choose a major in which you are interested, with coursework you enjoy.
The UW's School of Medicine (Allopathic, MD) , School of Dentistry, and Law School, do not give preference to students who complete their undergraduate degrees at the University of Washington.
The UW does not have a veterinary school or an Osteopathic Medicine School (DO). Within Washington State, Washington State University has a College of Veterinary Medicine and The Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences has an School of Osteopathic Medicine.
UW's School of Pharmacy offers a Pharm.D. degree. UW also has a master's degree program in occupational therapy and a doctoral degree in physical therapy; students interested in applying to these programs must complete a number of prerequisite undergraduate courses, but can complete any undergraduate major.
Although there are no schools of optometry or podiatry in the state, UW students can complete the prerequisites and apply to schools in other states.
Health care students dedicate themselves to improving the lives of others by alleviating human suffering—one person at a time. They listen, investigate, and help us understand ourselves and our bodies better. They search for answers—in the rhythm of our hearts, the patterns of our speech, even the composition of our blood. They ensure that the places we live and work will not harm us. They listen to how we speak and even to how we hear. They help us walk again. Sometimes they save our lives.
We have an entire section of our site dedicated to providing information to students interested in pursuing a career in health care. Pre-health advising is offered by a variety of advisers on campus. The Exploring Health Careers is a great place to being the exploration of the hundreds of health career options.
- Pre-Medicine Information
- Pre-Dental Information
- Health Professions Application: Choosing Schools
- Preparing the Medical School Application
There are no preferred majors for law school. Law schools are looking for a diverse class of bright, motivated and accomplished students. Pick a major that matches your interests and strengths. But no matter what you major in, take courses that involve a lot of reading, writing and research. Beyond the required English composition and W courses, take as many courses as you can to improve your reading comprehension and writing skills.
Our office will help you prepare for a career in the legal profession.
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