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Pre-Health Advising at UNC

Our Mission

Pre-Health advising at UNC helps students prepare to apply to a wide range of health professional schools including medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, and others. Students may obtain their undergraduate degrees in any major offered at UNC, provided the prerequisite courses that are required by the professional school are completed. Students should seek advising from both an advisor in their major and an advisor on the Pre-Health Advising Committee.

How to Meet with Us

We recommend that freshman and sophomore students meet with Mr. Skufca and that junior and senior students meet with Dr. Fisher.  You can schedule an appointment by emailing us directly.

Dr. Ginger Fisher

Dr. Ginger Fisher


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.

Frank Skufca

Frank Skufca


Frank Skufca is an Advisor and Lab Supervisor for the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Biological Sciences at here at UNC.  Over the last ten years his advising has included New Student Orientations, transfer students, Freshman/Sophomore group advising along with general biology advising. He has been advising prehealth for about 4 years and is an active member in the regional and national prehealth advising associations. Through the national prehealth advising association, he is a volunteer advisor for students at institutions without prehealth advisors. Frank teaches Foundations in Prehealth which is intended to inform freshmen what they need to do to become a competitive applicant for professional school. He won an Excellence in Faculty Advisement in 2009 at both the college and university level and a Support Staff of the Year in 2016 at the college level.