General Program Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study or career advancement. This degree is designed to provide students with a solid educational background in basic and health-related sciences, while providing the foundation courses required for admission to graduate level clinical programs in health professions including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy.

There is a plethora of information throughout our website. We encourage you to review each section of the Health Sciences website, the main UCF website, and the Undergraduate Catalog. For updates regarding available courses, upcoming events, news and more information about the major follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Appointments with the academic advisors can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising office by calling 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Academic Advising page of our website.

The Health Sciences Program offers an internship course for a restricted elective credit. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences program (Pre-Clinical track only) may apply for an internship course. This course is 3 credit hours and enrollment is by application only and has guidelines and prerequisites that must be met. For more information about this internship, please visit the Health Sciences Internship page of our website. If you have any questions or issues please contact Toshiro Myles, Health Sciences Internship Coordinator at Toshiro.myles@ucf.edu or (407) 823-4096.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study or career advancement. This degree is designed to provide students with a solid educational background in basic and health-related sciences, while providing the foundation courses required for admission to graduate level clinical programs in health professions including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy. The flexibility of this program allows students to prepare for multiple careers in health sciences. The Health Sciences major has two tracks: Health Sciences Track or Pre-Clinical Track. A student should select a track based on their career and graduate school interests. To learn more about the tracks, please contact the Health Sciences Academic Advising office.

Websites and additional resources on different professions and careers in health, as well as graduate program prerequisites, can be found under the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is a 4-year program composed of at least 120 credit hours. Students who transfer with an A.A. degree from a Florida public state college or university complete the program at an average of 2 to 3 years.

Appointments with an academic advisor can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising office at 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Academic Advising page of our website.

Some courses in the program are offered in both face-to-face and online offerings. The majority of coursework is offered in lecture format in a classroom. To find out the mode the courses are offered for the current or upcoming semester, visit https://my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page.

While the Health Sciences program does offer some courses online, the majority of the coursework is offered in a lecture/lab format in the classroom. To find out the mode the courses are offered for the current or upcoming semester, visit https://my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page. Use the mode of instruction option to modify your search.

The majority of the courses in the program are offered in the morning and afternoon. Very few courses are offered in the evening. To find out the times and days courses are offered for the current or upcoming semesters, visit https://my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page. Use the search options to modify selections.

UCF currently does not offer a program in Occupational Therapy or Physician Assistant. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered.

UCF does not offer an undergraduate or graduate program in nutrition at this time. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered.

It is highly recommended to complete the remaining courses for the program at UCF. Current UCF students in the program can go transient for certain courses if within the University’s residency requirement. Please refer to the Undergraduate Student Services website for information on how to submit a transient form.

Admission and Application Information

Students must apply online via UCF Admissions for admission to the University as an undergraduate student. Through this application the major in Health Sciences is declared. Once admittance to the University is granted, no additional application for the program is required for the Health Sciences track. If students wish to pursue the Pre-Clinical track a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required. For assistance with selecting a track you must see a Health Sciences academic advisor.

Applicants should review the Undergraduate Admissions page as well as the current Undergraduate Catalog for information on the University entrance requirements as well as instructions on the online application process. Please refer all and any questions on admissions to Undergraduate Admissions: 407-823-3000.

The program does not have any prerequisites that need to be completed prior to the start of the program. However, there are two tracks options for students: the Health Sciences Track and the Pre-Clinical Track.

The Health Sciences Track is an open access track. That means there are no prerequisites to declare this track. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.5 or above for graduation.

The Pre-Clinical Track is a restricted access track. That means students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above to declare this track. To declare this track, you need to select that track from student self-service, and this will place you on a pending status until we review your GPA. If you meet the requirements, you will be admitted to the Pre-Clinical Track. No additional application is required for the Pre-Clinical Track.

For assistance with selecting a track you must see a Health Sciences academic advisor by calling 407-823-0946.

Once admitted to the University, courses can be verified individually for equivalency by a Health Sciences academic advisor (course syllabi for each course being questioned will be required). Please call 407-823-0946 to schedule an appointment.

It is strongly recommended that students wishing to transfer to the Health Sciences program at UCF complete an A.A. degree from a Florida public state college or university. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements. Students should be aware that not all transferred courses (within an A.A. degree or not) will go towards courses for the major.

You can visit my.ucf.edu and click on the “Class Search” link located under myUCF quick links on the left of the page.

Advising

The Health Sciences major has two tracks: Health Sciences Track or Pre-Clinical Track. A student should select a track based on their career and graduate school interests. The Health Sciences track is open access and any student may declare via myUCF Student Self Service.  Students in the Health Sciences track must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation. The Pre-Clinical track requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to declare the track and to remain on the track. Students will initially be accepted into a pending status until their GPA is reviewed. No additional application is required for the Pre-Clinical track. Students who fail to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 cannot remain in the Pre-Clinical track and must change to the Health Sciences track.

 

Yes. A student should select a track based on their career and graduate school interests. The Health Sciences track is for students interested in pursuing careers such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Environmental Health, Medical Assistant, Emergency Medicine, Medical Arts and Humanities, and many others. The Pre-Clinical track is specifically for students pursing Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and more (it also includes the careers listed in the Health Sciences track). The Health Sciences track is open access and any student may declare via myUCF Student Self Service.  Students in the Health Sciences track must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation. The Pre-Clinical track requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to declare the track and to remain on the track.

No. Selecting a track depends on the student’s interests and goals. Both tracks offer a wide variety of restricted elective course options and career paths. To learn more about the track requirements and career options, meet with a Health Sciences academic advisor.

Failure to maintain the required overall GPA (3.0) in the Pre-Clinical track will result in the student being placed on Lack of Progress in the major. If a student on Lack of Progress fails to achieve the minimum required overall GPA of 3.0 in the subsequent term of enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track and must change to the Health Sciences track.

A student who is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track will not be not be able to reapply for the Pre-Clinical track. If a student is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track, the restricted electives taken while declared as Pre-Clinical track student will apply towards the Health Sciences track (this will occur one time only). Once a student is declared in the Health Sciences track they are only permitted to select restricted electives exclusively for the Health Sciences track.

All students who are dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track and move to the Health Sciences track are required to meet with a Health Sciences Academic Advisor (HPA 1 Room 124).

Restricted electives should be selected based on graduate and/or career goals. Restricted electives are determined based on tracks (Health Sciences or Pre-Clinical) and may not be interchanged. Students must select restricted electives that appear on the catalog and/or myKnights for their declared track only.

Transferred courses that do not show up automatically on your myKnight audit as fulfilling a program requirement will need to be reviewed by a Health Sciences academic advisor for equivalency. A course syllabi must be provided. If equivalency is verified, a substitution may be processed. Call 407-823-0946 to schedule an appointment.

To access your myKnight audit, log in to my.ucf.edu and select Student Self Service and click on the drop down box on the left side of the page. It is extremely important to become familiar with your myKnight audit. Learn how to read it.

Health Sciences students occasionally have the option to take a course(s) at a local community or state college during the regular semester or at an institution closer to their permanent residence during the summer semester. The transient form process provides university approval to the student that the course they want to take from a community or state college is considered equivalent to a UCF course(s). The COHPA Undergraduate Student Services (USS) office facilitates the verification process of transient forms. We recommend seeking prior approval before completing the online transient form from either the Health Sciences academic advisor or Undergraduate Student Services.  Please refer to the information from Undergraduate Student Services on how to submit a transient form.

You can review the course, prior to taking it, with a Health Sciences academic advisor to verify the equivalency of the course and if it would transfer into the major.

The Health Sciences academic advisors are available by appointment only except Thursday afternoon. To schedule an appointment, contact the Health Sciences Academic Advising office at 407-823-0946. Walk-in hours are on Thursdays from 1:30pm – 4:00pm and are for quick questions only. A current printed myKnight audit is required with every visit.

As a pre-health student, you need to seek two types of advising: academic and pre-professional. There are several advising offices on campus that you will want to take advantage of; each providing different services.

  • Health Sciences Academic Advising: Provides academic advising for current students in the major and prospective students. The Health Sciences academic advisors can assist students with information on the program, schedule planning, selecting a track, restricted elective options, possible course substitutions, override information and transfer course equivalencies.
  • First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE): Academic advising for students during their freshman/first year.
  • COHPA Undergraduate Student Services (COHPA USS): Assists students in the College of Health and Public Affairs with registration issues, transient requests, academic probation policy questions, admission to limited access majors, graduation, and re-admission.
  • Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL): Assists “pre-professional” students in any undergraduate major by offering advising for all health professions in career exploration, required courses for graduate schools, volunteer/shadowing opportunities, internships, admission testing, and application materials as well as seminars and related workshops.

The Health Sciences Program offers an internship course for restricted elective credit. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences program (Pre-Clinical track only) may apply for an internship course. This course will be for 3 credit hours and enrollment will be by application only and has guidelines and prerequisites that must be met. For more information about this internship please visit the Health Sciences Internship page of our website. If you have any questions or issues please contact Toshiro Myles, Health Sciences Internship Coordinator at Toshiro.myles@ucf.edu or (407) 823-4096.

Getting involved with a student organization can also open the door to several of these opportunities. See Clubs & Organizations for a list of related student organizations. Students are also highly encouraged to speak with the Pre-Health and Pre- Law Advising office.

Failure to maintain the required overall GPA (3.0) in the Pre-Clinical track will result in the student being placed on Lack of Progress in the major. If a student on Lack of Progress fails to achieve the minimum required overall GPA of 3.0 in the subsequent term of enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track and must change to the Health Sciences track.

A student who is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track will not be not be able to reapply for the Pre-Clinical track. If a student is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track, the restricted electives taken while declared as Pre-Clinical track student will apply towards the Health Sciences track (this will occur one time only). Once a student is declared in the Health Sciences track they are only permitted to select restricted electives exclusively for the Health Sciences track.

All students who are dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track and move to the Health Sciences track are required to meet with a Health Sciences Academic Advisor (HPA 1 Room 124).

Restricted electives should be selected based on graduate and/or career goals. Restricted electives are determined based on tracks (Health Sciences or Pre-Clinical) and may not be interchanged. Students must select restricted electives that appear on the catalog and/or myKnights for their declared track only.

Transferred courses that do not show up automatically on your myKnight audit as fulfilling a program requirement will need to be reviewed by a Health Sciences academic advisor for equivalency. A course syllabi must be provided. If equivalency is verified, a substitution may be processed. Call 407-823-0946 to schedule an appointment.

To access your myKnight audit, log in to my.ucf.edu and select Student Self Service and click on the drop down box on the left side of the page. It is extremely important to become familiar with your myKnight audit. Learn how to read it.

Health Sciences students occasionally have the option to take a course(s) at a local community or state college during the regular semester or at an institution closer to their permanent residence during the summer semester. The transient form process provides university approval to the student that the course they want to take from a community or state college is considered equivalent to a UCF course(s). The COHPA Undergraduate Student Services (USS) office facilitates the verification process of transient forms. We recommend seeking prior approval before completing the online transient form from either the Health Sciences academic advisor or Undergraduate Student Services.  Please refer to the information from Undergraduate Student Services on how to submit a transient form.

You can review the course, prior to taking it, with a Health Sciences academic advisor to verify the equivalency of the course and if it would transfer into the major.

The Health Sciences academic advisors are available by appointment only except Thursday afternoon. To schedule an appointment, contact the Health Sciences Academic Advising office at 407-823-0946. Walk-in hours are on Thursdays from 1:30pm – 4:00pm and are for quick questions only. A current printed myKnight audit is required with every visit.

As a pre-health student, you need to seek two types of advising: academic and pre-professional. There are several advising offices on campus that you will want to take advantage of; each providing different services.

  • Health Sciences Academic Advising: Provides academic advising for current students in the major and prospective students. The Health Sciences academic advisors can assist students with information on the program, schedule planning, selecting a track, restricted elective options, possible course substitutions, override information and transfer course equivalencies.
  • First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE): Academic advising for students during their freshman/first year.
  • COHPA Undergraduate Student Services (COHPA USS): Assists students in the College of Health and Public Affairs with registration issues, transient requests, academic probation policy questions, admission to limited access majors, graduation, and re-admission.
  • Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL): Assists “pre-professional” students in any undergraduate major by offering advising for all health professions in career exploration, required courses for graduate schools, volunteer/shadowing opportunities, internships, admission testing, and application materials as well as seminars and related workshops.

The Health Sciences Program offers an internship course for restricted elective credit. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences program (Pre-Clinical track only) may apply for an internship course. This course will be for 3 credit hours and enrollment will be by application only and has guidelines and prerequisites that must be met. For more information about this internship please visit the Health Sciences Internship page of our website. If you have any questions or issues please contact Toshiro Myles, Health Sciences Internship Coordinator at Toshiro.myles@ucf.edu or (407) 823-4096.

Getting involved with a student organization can also open the door to several of these opportunities. See Clubs & Organizations for a list of related student organizations. Students are also highly encouraged to speak with the Pre-Health and Pre- Law Advising office.

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