Pre-HealthCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

Pre-Health is not a major but a category you can declare you want to pursue. This means as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska, you are pursuing coursework to prepare for and apply to a 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.

Ways We Support Your Learning

As a Pre-Health student you'll have the opportunity to participate in specialized services to prepare your application and research schools including:

  • workshops
  • campus visits by professional school representatives
  • job shadowing experiences
  • participating in a 1 credit hour Intro to Health Professions course

Once you decide what health profession you want you pursue, you'll meet with professional advisers in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center to ensure you complete prerequisite courses required by professional schools.

They can help you with:

  • completing the application process
  • taking the appropriate admissions tests
  • developing the experiences and activities to be the most competitive applicant possible

Career Opportunities

As a Pre-Health student you can successfully enter medical, dental, pharmacy, or other professional schools to pursue the health field of your choice.

Some students find equally satisfying careers in different health-related fields while others find their passion in their chosen 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.

Acceptance rates into professional schools continue to be very competitive and are based on:

  • GPA
  • test scores
  • letters of recommendations
  • related experiences
  • research/related volunteer experience

It's why we encourage you to take every learning and research opportunity available to you at the University of Nebraska. We also encourage every student to seek guidance from their adviser to assist in exploring alternative career opportunities.

The NEBRASKA difference

The Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center employs professional advisers who are specially trained to guide you as you're preparing for a career in healthcare and applying 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 also work with students individually with:

  • job shadowing experiences
  • related volunteer activities
  • developing a timeline for taking standardized tests

Humanities in Medicine

For Pre-Health students who are also interested in the humanities, the College of Arts and Sciences offers the Humanities in Medicine Program.

  • an interdisciplinary program designed to support students' learning about the social and cultural contexts of health, illness and medical care.
  • prepares you to engage with the human, social, and ethical issues in medicine, which medical schools have increasingly shown an interest in having in their staff
  • is a notable scholastic opportunity for pre-health students to learn more about the human side of medicine

Academics & Research

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

  • enroll in Psychology 150 - Introduction to Healthcare Professions: 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
  • enroll in Biological Science 150 - Human Anatomy: offers the opportunity to dissect anatomical structures on cadavers which imitates a first-year gross anatomy class in professional school
  • do research through UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences): 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. Get more information on the UCARE program.

Internships / Clubs

Pre-Health student organizations and honor societies include:

  • 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