Pre-Health/Health Professions Advising at UNC
Pre-Health/Health Professions advising helps you on your journey to a career in healthcare. We provide guidance into a variety of health professional schools and work with both current students and UNC alumni.
Our pre-health advisors are committed to your success and help you understand:
- Admissions requirements
- Application processes and timelines
- Clinical placements
- Personal statements
- Interview skills and preparation
Andrew Smith, MS
Undergraduate Student Advisor
Andrew Smith (he/him/his) is a UNC alumnus with a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Kinesiology and a master’s degree (MS) in Exercise Physiology. He has spent almost 20 years working as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for various hospitals and clinical settings in Colorado. While working in healthcare, he also taught part-time at UNC in the School of Sport and Exercise Science. In 2018, he transitioned from the healthcare setting to UNC as a full-time Lecturer and in 2020 as an Academic Advisor in the NHS Advising Center.
As the Health Professions Advisor for UNC, Andrew works with all undergraduate students wishing to apply to health professional schools by helping them understand and navigate the various pathways and processes along their journey. Andrew also serves as the advisor for the Pre-Health Professionals Club (PHPC) at UNC.
When not working, he enjoys hiking, cycling, and being active with his two golden retrievers in the Colorado outdoors.
Dr. Ginger Fisher
Graduate Student Advisor
Dr. Ginger Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Northern Colorado and the Director of UNC’s Masters in Biomedical Science Program. She earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in aquatic physiological ecology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her early research focused on the physiology of aquatic organisms, and she has recently begun research in the area of bioeducation where she is currently working on an NSF-funded project to deliver the course-based undergraduate research experience she developed at a variety of undergraduate institutions. She teaches a variety of courses including introductory biology, physiological ecology, marine biology and foundations of clinical research. She has been advising prehealth students for many years and is an active member of regional and national advising associations. She has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Donald Bletz Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2013 Excellence in Advising Award, and the 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award. When not working, she enjoys hiking, biking, running and enjoying the great outdoors in Colorado.