This page offers you a myriad of links to:
Each link has been carefully developed to share the services of our prehealth advisors, links to information sources, contacts for the various UB student prehealth organizations, links to national sites, recommended readings, and provides a number of leads to help you secure clinical shadowing, volunteering and research opportunities. There is also a section to investigate the numerous summer clinical and research opportunities available.
Most Prehealth students can schedule an appointment to see Amanda Sauter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carl Lam (email@example.com) using the Navigate app. If you are unable to schedule using Navigate, you can call the EPAC office at 716-645-6013 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to request an appointment. First year students are all required to complete a Prehealth 101 online workshop before meeting with a Prehealth Advisor.
For general advising services, please see the Undergraduate Academic Advisement website.
Because appointments are generally 30 minutes in length and are often booked back-to-back, please consider arriving no earlier than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Also, please try to arrive on time so that we might be able to address all of your concerns in the time allotted.
Subscribe to the prehealth listserv for frequent email updates pertaining to events of interest to UB prehealth students!
To subscribe to the prehealth listserv, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following text in the message body (not the “Subject” line – Subject should be blank):
Your email address will be automatically obtained from the email message and add you to the listserv.
To unsubscribe from the prehealth listserv, send an email to email@example.com with the following text in the message body (not the “Subject” line):
Your email address will be automatically obtained from the email message and remove you from the listserv.
Please consider emailing any of the current presidents to be added to these organization email lists. You can also find additional information at UB Linked or under the Academic Council of UB’s Student Association.
What is “prehealth”?
This jargon is short hand for: pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-physician assistant, pre-vet, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, and pre-chiropractic students. There is no prehealth major, rather a curricular program students follow to complete the requirements for entry into these professional schools upon graduation.
What do students need to do to qualify for admission into these professional schools?
To be a qualified, competitive applicant, students must do the following:
Should a student major in biology or at least a science?
Maybe! Students should major in the disciplines they truly enjoy. If it includes the prerequisite courses fine, if not they will take those courses in addition to their major. Professional schools want students skilled in science, but not exclusively.
What’s a prerequisite?
These are courses required for admission and also may be the basic preparation for the admission tests. Common to all these professions are four sciences and a year of English/writing. The science courses include the following with a year of lab in each:
What if a student is waived out of the UB English requirements?
Students should take other higher level English/Communication Literacy courses of their choice to equal 2 semesters.
Which UB courses meet these prerequisite requirements?
Is this all?
For medicine, dentistry, and podiatry individual schools may have additional prerequisites that are required or strongly recommended. Optometry, veterinary, physician assistant and chiropractic have additional requirements depending on the school:
Couldn’t a student take BIO 129/130?
It is not recommended as sufficient preparation for admission tests or entrance into the professional schools.
When do students apply to these schools and what is early assurance?
Students hoping to attend after graduation usually apply in the spring and summer of their junior year, but senior year and later is appropriate for others. Very talented sophomores may apply to the Early Assurance in Dentistry if they have the following:
Dentistry: 3.5 overall and science, 3 of 4 prerequisites & English; Prehealth Letter; strong record of dental volunteer experience
When do students take admissions tests?
They can take them as soon as they have the basic prerequisites done, but the real answer is when they feel best prepared. Students hoping to start professional school the fall after graduation should plan to be ready for the tests by the spring of their junior year.
How many references do students need?
Students will need a minimum of 4 references, mostly academic and at least 2 in science and 1 from clinical experiences. This is one of the requirements to apply for a Prehealth Committee Letter of evaluation. References can be obtained when a class is completed and need not wait till junior year when applying for the Letter. The Prehealth Advising Services office retains references for 5 years until a student applies for a letter.
How can they get them in these big science classes?
By asking!! We receive hundreds of letter each year, the majority from UB professors of large science courses. Students must take the steps to meet faculty at office hours and get to know them. This can feel pretty awkward at first, but it is part of the process and a measure of a student’s initiative.
What is the Prehealth Committee?
It is a very hard working 12-member faculty committee sponsored by the Vice Provost’s Office that assists students in gathering their references and providing a letter of evaluation. This letter and the individual references meet the professional school requirements for references.
Must a student have a Committee Letter?
Technically, no! However, professional schools usually know which schools have committees and will ask a student why they do not have one.
Should a student give up on a professional health school if they got a bad grade in a prerequisite or had a really bad semester?
Not necessarily. It depends on why, how often, and what they have done since. Obviously, it doesn’t help to have such a record, but it is recoverable depending on the circumstances and the rest of the record. However, lots of good volunteering or references will not balance out a weak or so-so overall record.
Is it true that prehealth students should never resign a class?
No, but several will be a problem. A resignation, especially early in the student’s career, is not fatal. However students unable to do two sciences in one semester will not be as competitive.
What are the required GPAs to get into professional health schools?
For better or worse there are no cut offs. The national average GPAs for admitted students:
What should prehealth students remember?
Where can a student find help with these questions?
See your academic advisor today to talk about your program at UB.