Pre-HealthCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

As an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska, you may declare Pre-Health which means that you are pursuing coursework to prepare for and apply to a professional school in the health field.  Pre-Health is not a major but a category meaning you are pursuing professional school in the area of Health. Pre-Health students are encouraged to pursue a major in any of the Colleges at the University of Nebraska.

Pre-Health includes the areas of Pre-Chiropractic; Pre-Clinical Lab Sciences; Pre-Clinical Perfusion; Pre-Cytotechnology; Pre-Dental Hygiene; Pre-Medicine; Pre-Mortuary Science; Pre-Nursing; Pre-Occupational Therapy; Pre-Optometry; Pre-Pharmacy; Pre-Physical Therapy; Pre-Physician Assistant; Pre-Radiation Science Technology.  For information on the Pre-Veterinary program, visit the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Once a student has made a decision on what to pursue, professional advisers in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center will work with Pre-Health students individually to complete the pre-requisite courses required by the professional schools, complete the application process, take the appropriate admissions test, and develop the experiences and activities to be the most competitive applicant possible.

Pre-Health students also have the opportunity to participate in specialized services to prepare their application and research schools including workshops, campus visits by professional school representatives, job shadowing experiences, and participating in a 1 credit hour Intro to Health Professions course.

Career Opportunities

Pre-Health students can successfully enter Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, or other Professional schools to pursue the health field of their choice. Some students find equally satisfying careers in different health-related fields while other students find their passions in their undergraduate major. Pre-Health students at the University of Nebraska who are applying to Professional Schools are highly qualified applicants in a competitive field of outstanding candidates. However, acceptance rates into professional schools are very competitive based on gpa, test scores, letters of recommendations, related experiences, research/related volunteer experience and every student is encouraged to explore alternative options.

The NEBRASKA difference

The Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center employs professional advisers who are specifically trained to guide undergraduate students as they prepare for a career in healthcare and apply to professional schools. Advisers have researched professional schools in the surrounding regions to determine a common set of pre-requisite courses required for admission and assist students on the most opportune time in taking these courses. Advisers work with students individually in finding job shadowing experiences, related volunteer activities, and developing a timeline for taking standardized tests.

For Pre-Health students who are also interested in the humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences offers the Humanities in Medicine Program. Humanities in Medicine is an interdisciplinary program designed to support students' learning about the social and cultural contexts of health, illness and medical care. Medical schools are increasingly interested in students who are prepared to engage with the human, social, and ethical issues in medicine. The Humanities in Medicine Program is a notable scholastic opportunity for a pre-health student to learn more about the human side of medicine.

The University of Nebraska offers several other academic and research opportunities to give Pre-Health students a competitive advantage in the application process.

Pre-Health students may enroll in Psychology 150 "Introduction to Healthcare Professions" which is a 1-credit class offered fall and spring semesters. The class meets once a week for 16 weeks and looks at the structure, requirements, and nature of health careers. Biological Science 150 (Human Anatomy) offers Pre-Health students the opportunity to dissect anatomical structures on cadavers which imitates a first-year gross anatomy class in professional school.

UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences) is a program that supports opportunities for undergraduate students to work alongside faculty members and directly participate in the campus's research or creative activities. The student may apply for a maximum grant of $4400 for the two years and in some cases receive course credit. For more information on the UCARE program, please see: unl.edu/ucare/

Internships / Clubs

Pre-Health student organizations and Honor Societies

  • AMSA – Pre-med
  • Nebraska Student Dental Association
  • NU Meds
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Pre-Optometry Club
  • Pre-Pharmacy Club
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Club
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta