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Pre-Health Advising

We are excited to be your advising resource and partner as you explore, plan your academic coursework, reflect on your health care experiences, and go through the application process. There is not one right way to prepare for these programs; working with an adviser can help you to individualize the pre-health information in this web site to your situation.

Getting ready and scheduling an appointment

In your freshmen year you can begin the conversation with your assigned adviser either in a department (if you are already placed in your major) or Honors Program or in the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity and Student Success. This Center is home to general advisers in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (EOP, SSS, and CAMP) and the advisers in Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising (UAA Advising). For most students we recommend seeing a designated pre-health adviser once you have completed a couple of the pre-requisite courses.

If you are interested in an undergraduate program, such as Environmental Health, Health Informatics and Health Information Management, Medical Technology, Public Health, Speech and Hearing Sciences, you’ll be able to meet with an adviser in those departments (Advising offices by program).  Interested in Nursing: please see any UAA adviser

If you are interested in a graduate program, both UAA and EOP/SSS/CAMP have designated pre-health advisers. For an appointment with a designated pre-health adviser in UAA, we ask that you first do a little exploration and complete a written Pre-Health Reflection & Plan. This will help you and the adviser make the most of the appointment time. See below for more info on this.

If you are a participant in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) or Student Support Services (SSS) or CAMP, you can make an appointment with an EOP pre-health counselor at any time by calling (206) 543-7132 or by stopping in at 141 Mary Gates Hall.

How to book a pre-health advising appointment

We ask you to first review the Pre-Health Reflection & Plan so you can understand what we will be asking you to write about. Then we would like you to watch an information presentation or read a few web pages, which will introduce you to an overview of both course and out-of-class experiences important to prepare for a career in the health sciences. Next, answer the questions in the document thoroughly and thoughtfully and submit it to us. We will read your responses and then you will be contacted with information on how to set up an appointment. This is a process of preparation, not an “application”; only in rare instances do we ask you to watch the presentations/read web pages again and add more information to your responses. 

We look forward to working with you!

  1. Pre-medicine and dentistry: View Pre-Med Presentation (Optional Handout) or Pre-Dental Presentation (Optional Handout)

Other pre-health graduate programs or exploring: please read the “Explore, Prepare, Apply” web page, as well as the pages for any of the graduate programs you are considering, such as Health Administration, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Prosthetics & Orthotics, and Veterinary Medicine.

  1. Download and complete the Pre-Health Reflection & Plan document (Word format)
  2. Fill it out and submit your completed document
  3. Once you receive an email telling you that your reflection has been approved, you are welcome to schedule an appointment. Note: until your Reflection document has been reviewed, the scheduling page will give you a 404 error.

If you have attended UW in-person pre-health workshops in the past or you have previously worked with a pre-health adviser, but the appointment scheduler is not giving you access, please contact us with your student number and UW NetID. 

Other ways to reach us

You are welcome to send questions and comments (but not appointment requests) through email.

Newly-admitted UW students

If you are a recently-admitted student, congratulations! You will be able to talk with academic advisers during your UW Advising and Orientation (A&O) session and attend a pre-health information session. If you would like more information prior to attending your A&O session, please review this website.

Next steps

Once classes start, meet with your general academic adviser in early autumn quarter to work out course planning for your first year.

Later in autumn or winter quarter, review the online presentations on this site, and complete and submit the self-reflection and plan (see above). Pre-health reflections from new students may be submitted after the third week of autumn quarter and will be reviewed and processed starting on October 20, 2014. Processing time will depend on volume and may take a few weeks. Thank you!

Now you are ready to meet with a pre-health adviser. We recommend you meet with us at least once during your first year at the UW.

I have made previous appointments

If you have already completed your Reflection document and submitted it to us and are preparing for a graduate health program, please go ahead and schedule an appointment. Note: until your Reflection document has been reviewed, the scheduling page will give you a 404 error.

If you have attended UW in-person pre-health workshops in the past or you have previously worked with a pre-health adviser, but the appointment scheduler is not giving you access, please contact us with your student number and UW NetID. 

What if I am not a UW student?

Due to the volume of undergraduate students served, we can only meet with UW Seattle undergraduate students and alumni. We hope our web resources are helpful to you and encourage you to read these web pages with specific information for Prospective UW Students, Transfer Students and Postbaccalaureate Students.

Pre-health advising blog

All students are welcome to visit our blog, where we post about information and activities that are of interest to students considering or preparing for a career in the health sciences.