- The Overall Process
Most healthcare professions in the US require a postgraduate degree. This means that students obtain a Bachelor's degree from UNC and then apply to a healthcare professional program for an advanced degree. For example a student who is interested in becoming a doctor will spend four years at UNC and earn a B.S. degree. Then the student would apply to medical school for an additional four years of education followed by a residency in his/her field of interest (pediatrics, surgery, etc.).
Each healthcare profession has its own set of required courses and experiences that are necessary for admission. Learn more about each profession.
- Services at UNC
Here at the University of Northern Colorado, we provide a range of services to help you on your path to a medical career. A sampling of these are listed below:
- Individual advising with advisors who are trained as pre-health advisors
- Online tutorials to help prepare for interviews and write essays
- In person practice interviews
- Workshops and individual meetings to aid with essay writing
- A prehealth corner with a wide range of informational brochures
- In person assistance with filling out the centralized applications
- Clinical internships opportunities
- A Pre-Health Professionals Club which brings in a variety of speakers and admissions personnel
- What to do before you come
If you are in high school and considering a career in healthcare, there are two important steps you can take. The first is to volunteer in a hospital, clinic or other healthcare setting to ensure that this career is a good fit for you. Gaining clinical experience will not only help you determine your suitability for the field, but it will also give you the interpersonal skills that are necessary in a healthcare profession.
In addition to volunteering, it is important to take challenging coursework in high school and perfect your studying skills. The coursework in college is difficult and most healthcare fields require a significant number of science courses. These courses at the college level cover a great deal of information very quickly, so the ability to manage your time, take good notes and practice strong study techniques will be very beneficial to your success.
- What about AP, IB and Co-curricular Courses?
Many high schools offer AP, IB or Co-curricular courses and these are not viewed equally by all professional schools. Some professional schools will accept AP or IB credits while others do not and some will only accept AP credit for non-science courses. If the co-curricular course was offered through a university and appears on a college transcript, then it is likely that the professional school will accept it, but this is not a guarantee. While these courses are a great way to challenge yourself and learn new material, it is important to understand that the some professional schools will not accept them as prerequisites.