The Pre-Health Professions Certificate provides majors outside of the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) access to the courses required to complete health professions prerequisites.

The certificate requires completing 18 hours of approved coursework based on your pre-health pathway. All coursework must be completed with a C- or better and at least 9 hours of the coursework must be completed in residence at UT Austin. Credit by exam hours can be applied toward the certificate if the credit is for a specific course listed as a course option for the certificate.

Students are required to apply for admission into the certificate after completing the pre-qualifying courses which is detailed below. This coursework does not count toward your 18 hours of required certificate coursework.

Students may also apply for the certificate within one year after they graduate. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken after earning an undergraduate degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Students: You may apply to the Pre-Health Professions Certificate by following the admissions procedures and certificate requirements outlined on the 2014-2016 catalog tab. Be mindful that  students who have already earned an Undergraduate degree either from another instituion or more than 1 year ago from UT Austin, are NOT eligible to earn the Pre-Health Professions Certificate.

Note: If you are pursuing a degree from an earlier catalog than 2014 – 2016, please follow the requirements in the 2014-2016 catalog. If you are unsure of what catalog you are under, please refer to our FAQ's.

 

2018-2020 Catalog

To review requirements and track your progress, download the complete certificate checklist for non-science majors.

Students are eligible to apply for admission once they have completed (or are currently enrolled in) the following pre-qualifying courses:

  • CH 301 or CH 302
  • One from: SDS 302, M 408C, M 408K, M 408N or M 408R

A grade of B- or higher must be achieved in the pre-qualifying coursework OR the student must have earned and claimed AP or IB credit for the specific courses listed above.

The application for admission will be available August 1st.

 

Once admitted, the Certificate can be completed by finishing 18 hours of coursework from their specific pre-health pathway as indicated below. The 18 hours may be composed of introductory coursework, or a combination of introductory and advanced coursework.

Pre-Dental Preparation

 Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L; Chemistry: 204; Physics 302K*, 102M, 302L*, 102N; Statistics & Data Science: SDS 302

 Advanced Coursework: Biochemistry: BCH 369; Biology: BIO 320**, 325, 326R*, 446L*, 365S; Chemistry: CH 320M, 320N, 220C

Pre-Medical Preparation

 Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L, Chemistry: 204; Physics 317K, 117M, 317L, 117N; Statistics & Data Science: SDS 302

 Advanced Coursework: Biochemistry: BCH 369; Biology: 325, 326R or M, 446L**, 344**; Chemistry: CH 320M, 320N, 220C

Pre-Occupational Therapy Preparation

 Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D; Statistics & Data Sciences: SDS 302; Physics 302K*, 102M

 Advanced Coursework: Biology: BIO 325, 446L, 365S, 165U

Pre-Optometry Preparation

Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L, Chemistry: 204; Physics 302K*, 102M, 302L*, 102N; Statistics & Data Science: SDS 302

Advanced Coursework: Biochemistry: BCH 369; Biology: BIO 325, 226L, 326R or M, 446L, 365S, 165U; Chemistry: CH 320M, 320N, 220C

Pre-Physical Therapy Preparation

Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L, Chemistry: 204; Statistics & Data Sciences: SDS 302, Physics: PHY 302K*, 102M, 302L*, 102N

Advanced Coursework: Biology: BIO 325, 446L, 365S, 165U

Pre-Physician Assistant Preparation

Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L, Chemistry: 204; Statistics & Data Sciences: SDS 302

Advanced Coursework: Biochemistry: BCH 369; Biology: BIO 320**, 325, 226L, 326R or M, 446L, 365S, 165U; Chemistry: CH 320M, 320N, 220C

Pre-Pharmacy Preparation

Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L, Chemistry: 204; Statistics & Data Sciences: SDS 302; Physics: PHY 302K*, 102M

Advanced Coursework:  Biology: BIO 325, 226L, 326R or M, 446L, 365S, 165U; Chemistry: CH 320M, 320N, 220C

Pre-Veterinary Preparation

Introductory Coursework: Biology: BIO 311C, 311D, 206L, Chemistry: 204; Physics: PHY 302K*, 102M, 302L*, 102N;

Advanced Coursework: Biochemistry: BCH 369; Biology: BIO 325, 226L, 326R, 344**; Chemistry: CH 320M, 320N, 220C; Statistics & Data Sciences: SDS 321 or 328M

 

Special Notes:

*A completed calculus-based physics sequence may substitute for the purposes of the certificate

** Course may not be required for all schools. Be sure to check with the Health Professions Office as well as the professional schools you plan to apply to.

You should always refer to Health Professions Office for the most up to date health profession prerequisites.