Pre-Health Professions Advisory Program
Asheville has designated an active and ongoing Pre-Health Professions Program
and Advisory Committee as University priorities. The Pre-Health Professions
Program and Advisory Committee share the specific purposes of identifying,
encouraging and supporting all pre-health professions students through academic
excellence, rigorous admissions test preparation and a variety of pre-health
Preparation for doctoral level and other professional programs in health care is
available at UNC Asheville. Students can major in the natural sciences, social
sciences and traditional humanities disciplines or they may transcend
traditional disciplines and create their own individual degree program. At UNC
Asheville we believe that an undergraduate liberal arts education, coupled with
a strong research component, is the best foundation for advanced studies in the
health professions. Students need breadth, depth of knowledge and experience in
order to later on better understand their patients and relate to their peers in
the chosen health profession.
Because of the large number of students nationwide who wish to pursue these
careers, you will need good college preparation and careful planning to be
Without diminution of academic expectations or admissions test scores, many
doctoral and other health profession admission committees have begun to place
greater emphasis on the applicants exposure to, evidence of service and
practical knowledge of the health profession. UNC Asheville has established
numerous relationships within the local health care community to assist students
in these experiences.
students have been successful in the fields of Medicine, dentistry, optometry,
podiatry, veterinary medicine, medical research, pharmacy and physical therapy.
Former students and UNCA graduates are also successful as physician assistants, athletic
trainers, nurses, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.
members of the UNC Asheville Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee or the
Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator for specific requirements for these
and other health professions.