The UAA provides advising programs to assist students in preparation for admission into health sciences programs. Preparatory programs are available for careers in medicine, dentistry, dental hygiene, clinical laboratory sciences, radiation sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. Additionally, a post-baccalaureate health sciences certificate is available to students who have already earned bachelor’s degrees in non-science areas and plan to enter doctoral-level health science training programs.

With the exception of clinical laboratory sciences, clinical radiation sciences, dental hygiene and nursing, which are classified as pre-health majors, pre-health programs will be designated on a student’s record as an advising track interest.

In addition to a pre-health advising track interest, students designate any bachelor’s degree program as a primary major. Students who do not designate a specific major or who are undecided about a major will be placed into the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Science professional science concentration. Students will work with pre-health advisers to plan courses to meet their advising track and major interests.

The interdisciplinary science program is offered through the College of Humanities and Sciences. The concentration in professional science allows students the flexibility to work toward a bachelor’s degree while taking the prerequisite courses for their intended health profession. Students will work closely with pre-health advisers to choose courses to fill health care program prerequisites and major requirements. As students successfully complete science courses and other admissions requirements, students and advisers will determine a timeframe to apply for admission into a health care training programs.

The Office of Pre-health Advising offers many opportunities for students to become more involved in their chosen professions. Advisers work closely with students to ensure their intended majors and pre-health advising track areas of interest match closely to students’ interests, values and skills.

For more information on advising programs, visit the pre-health website or call (804) 827-8648.

Pre-law advising program

The University College supports aspiring law students by offering advisory services regarding the law school admissions process. The coordinator of pre-law advising provides guidance and resources to students interested in pursuing a legal career and, where appropriate, acts as a liaison with law school admission offices. Students are offered assistance regarding curriculum, application procedure, financial aid and the law school admission test in preparation for the study of law. The Law School Admission Council and the American Bar Association provide comprehensive online information for students regarding preparation for law school, law school admission and accreditation, as well as careers in the legal profession.

As there are no particular prerequisites or a specific major necessary for entrance to law school, students may choose virtually any major or undergraduate program. Traditionally, students applying to law school have pursued liberal arts majors such as history, English, political science, economics, math/sciences or philosophy. Students wishing to specialize in a particular area of law may choose majors from academic disciplines as diverse as art, music, computer science, engineering, nursing, education, business or social work. Taking a broad range of difficult courses from demanding instructors is excellent preparation for a legal education. Whatever the major, it is important that students considering a career in law take advantage of opportunities to develop research and writing skills. Other skills that provide a sound foundation for a legal education include analytic and problem-solving skills, critical reading abilities, oral communication and listening abilities, task organization and management skills, and the values of serving faithfully the interests of others while also promoting justice.

The Department of Philosophy offers a philosophy of law minor for students interested in law school. It is important that students considering the legal profession take challenging course work in which they can develop analytical, research and written and verbal communication skills.