Professional programs in health fields are offered at institutions such as the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, with prerequisite coursework available at UCCS.
Pre-professional degrees are not offered at UCCS, although specific options, such as the pre-med option in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, may be available. Generally, students complete a degree in an area of interest to them and include appropriate prerequisite coursework for the desired professional program.
Students interested in a professional program in a health field should consult an advisor in Academic Advising as soon as possible to ensure completion of all required coursework. Completion of prerequisite coursework at UCCS does not guarantee acceptance into a professional school. Students are urged to get information from the professional programs of their choice, since the requirements may differ for each school. Additionally, more stringent residency requirements are common for professional programs, and many professional programs are very selective due to enrollment limitations.
Admission to a professional program normally requires evidence of academic achievement and letters of recommendation documenting both academic and nonacademic qualifications. Each professional program can be expected to have many more applicants than it can accommodate, so no student should count on acceptance. Students are strongly urged to select a major and specific undergraduate courses that will provide the opportunities to apply to different schools and professional programs, as well as provide alternatives outside the health science fields. In particular, students should choose appropriate chemistry courses to maximize flexibility in choosing a postgraduate program.
Health Pre-Professional Programs