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Health-related pre-professional programs

Your future in Health-related pre-professional programs

Want to attend medical or dental school? Have a desire to become a physician assistant, a pharmacist or work as a physical therapist? A bachelorís degree from the University of North Texas can prepare you for those areas or for veterinary or optometry school.

How we help

The Office of Health Professions has counselors who provide one-on-one advising and prepare you for professional school through various seminars and webinars. Detailed information regarding entrance requirements, tutoring, the application process and letters of recommendation, and the interview process are also available.

Several academic departments offer courses that prepare you to enroll in health-related professional programs. Your undergraduate major may be in any program, but the prerequisite requirements for applying to the health professions schools must also be met. Many of our most distinguished faculty members teach these courses. They have published numerous articles, journals and books in their fields. Opportunities to participate in their research may also be available.

You can gain valuable insights and access other resources through our Alpha Epsilon Delta student chapter. This pre-health professions national honor society sponsors tours of medical and other health-related schools, programs exploring career opportunities, and discussions with health-care professionals. Other related student organizations include the:

  • Alpha Delta Pre-Health Minority Club
  • Eagles Pre-Pharmacy Association
  • Medically Dedicated Students Organization
  • Pre-Dental Society
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Club
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
  • Society of Health and Holistic Medicine

A Residents Engaged in Academic LivingCommunity (REAL Community) brings together students who are pursuing health profession careers and live on campus to enhance social and academic experiences.

Information about health professions scholarships is available by contacting the Office of Health Professions by email or by calling at 940-565-2051.

Looking ahead

For admission to medical, dental or veterinary school, itís important that you maintain an excellent grade point average.

Completing specialized standardized tests — such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Dental Admission Test (DAT), the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) or the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) — are required by the professional schools about one year before application.

Nine medical schools, three dental schools, one veterinary medical school, two optometry schools and many allied health care professional schools are located in Texas. Among the nine medical schools is the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

Before applying to medical, dental or other health-related professional programs, itís important to work or intern at a hospital, clinic or other health care institution. If veterinary medicine is your goal, extensive animal and vet-related experience is required.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent. Completing courses in health education, human biology, psychology and sociology are also recommended.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.