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Pre-Health Advising

Are you interested in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-nursing or pre-pharmacy? Then you're on the right page! Here's an overview of the Pre-Health program at DU:  Pre-Health at DU

At the University of Denver, Pre-Health Advising provides academic and career advising for students from all majors who are interested in applying to medical, physician assistant, nursing, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other health-related graduate programs. Pre-health support begins before classes start in the freshman year and continues through all undergraduate years, and even after graduation. The goal of advising is to support students in preparing for professional school and building the most competitive application/resume possible. Currently, DU has over 450 pre-health students and a substantial number of DU alumni who continue to receive pre-health advising and guidance. Pre-Health Advising supports all pre-health students across campus. While a majority of students are majors in the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (especially in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry), a substantial number of students are majors in other departments (Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, International Studies, Computer Science, Business, Music, and Art).

Today's professional schools are looking for more than just high MCAT scores and a high GPA. Professional schools are looking for students who are mature, service-oriented, and demonstrate that they have mastered a number of core competencies. Pre-Health Advising will guide students in gaining well-rounded knowledge and foundational skills. At DU, our pre-health program helps students move beyond the checklist of things to complete; we offer students the experiential learning and knowledge to make them more competitive in every application cycle.

Our office maintains DU portfolio Pre-Health Advising website to provide readily available and up-to-date information and resources related to pursuing a career in healthcare:

• Exploration of careers in healthcare: General introduction to careers in healthcare, as well as information and tools to help explore potential paths for your future

• General and curricular Advising: Advising information for specific pre-health career paths, pre-requisites, timelines, and much more

• Experiential learning: Gaining valuable and meaningful experiences (through clinical exposure, volunteer activities, leadership opportunities, internships and research) to demonstrate the core competencies for entering a health graduate program

• DU health-focused student organizations (more than 15): Pre-Health Society, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, DU EMS Club, American Medical Women's Association, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Global Brigades, GlobeMed, Global Medical Mission Association, DU MIND, Invisible Illnesses Club, Students for Sensible Drug Policy... and more

• Applying to professional school: Information and support about entrance exams for different professional schools and graduate programs, letters of recommendation, personal statements, activities descriptions, interview skills and practice

Much attention and support are provided to our pre-health students. We have a large number of human health-related courses in the sciences and throughout the university. We have identified and designed a number of courses to help students be effective in entrance exams and in their application to graduate programs. Students who attend DU find that our courses are both challenging and valuable in the pursuit of their health career goals. In addition, we offer many opportunities and experiences for our students to build competencies necessary to be successful. The goal of pre-health advising is to help each individual student build the strongest application and portfolio possible for the future endeavors.

TO JOIN PRE-HEALTH ADVISING and subscribe to the Pre-Health email list, please submit a subscription request form.

FOR MORE PRE-HEALTH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES, visit our pre-health DU portfolio website: (after you navigate to the webpage, just log in with your DU ID and password to gain access to the content).