Lesley Website headshotWe want to welcome you to the UT Austin Health Professions Community! The Health Professions Office is here to guide you in your exploration of and preparation for application to health professions schools. Here you will find a large and diverse community of students, estimated at more than 4,000 students, pursuing studies in most of the colleges and schools across our campus. 

The Health Professions Office will greet and visit with parents and students on Family Weekend, during the Fall semester, when The University of Texas at Austin and all of our colleges and schools welcome families of current students to explore the university.  We invite you and your parents to drop by our table and visit with Pre-Health Professions Coaches and Peer Mentors.  Look for us in the Family Weekend Program!

Choice of Major

You may be wondering which major to choose.  We recommend that you select a major that matches your interests and abilities and that may also serve as an alternate career path should you change your mind about pursuing a career in the health professions.  Professional schools for dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and veterinary medicine admit students from many academic majors.  You can see an example of this by viewing our pre-med statistics

Pre-pharmacy students are sometimes the exception to the rule and move on to Pharmacy programs after year two; however, it has become common for these students to complete three to four years of school before entering professional school and many complete undergraduate degrees.  The UT College of Pharmacy provides statistics that demonstrate this.  

Fall Courses Planning

This summer while you are participating in Orientation, meeting new friends, learning about your university, college or school, and major, you will be very busy with many activities and most importantly with registering for your fall courses.  You can see the pre-health professions courses that you will incorporate into your degree plan on our health professions pathway page.  For each area we provide a prerequisite courses list and a time line that show what your academic path may look like. Your Orientation Advisors and Academic Advisors are knowledgeable and will help you with your academic planning and fall registration in the appropriate courses.    

HPO Information Sessions this Fall

Meanwhile, your Pre-Health Professions Coaches are planning an information session to be presented several times in the fall semester from mid-September through October to Welcome and Orient you to the pre-health professions experience and the HPO services. (Dates, times and locations will be posted below when fall scheduling is completed.)  We purposely chose to wait until the fall to visit with you because we know how overwhelming Summer Orientation can be. So much information is shared that we don’t want our information to get lost, forgotten, or overlooked!  

Stay Connected through HPO Listserv

Subscribe to our HPOinfo listserv to receive announcements about these and other events.  Just click on the “Join HPOinfo listserv” button on our health professions page.   Also, keep an eye on our Events page.  While you are on the HPO web site, check out the extensive resources and information for your health profession interest.