The Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising aims to produce highly qualified, confident and knowledgeable pre-professional health students for admission to graduate professional health programs.  Our office seeks to do this through guidance with pre-professional health curriculum, co-curricular activity involvement, admissions test preparation and application competitiveness.


VCU’s pre-professional health program is not an academic major or minor, but rather it is a combination of career development advising coupled with a set of established courses that are widely accepted across the nation for admission requirements. Students interested in being a “pre-professional health” student must declare an advising track.

VCU Pre-Professional Health Advising tracks include:

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Declaring an advising track gives you access to:

  • Highly trained pre-professional health advisors
  • Restricted prerequisite and health specific courses
  • Application preparation services
  • Specialized scholarships
  • And so much more!

If you are interested in declaring a pre-professional health advising track, you will need to do the following:

  • Explore the Health Professions: Begin researching each of the eight health professions, relevant coursework, admission criteria, and application information
  • Attend a Declaration Workshop: This will be your opportunity to learn about the health professions in greater detail and have your questions answered by an Advisor.
  • Declare a Pre-Professional Health Track: To declare a track there are certain curricular as well as professional development requirements that you must meet. Be sure to review these before submitting your application.
  • Remove a Pre-Professional Health Track: If you are no longer interested in pursuing a career in any of the eight pre-professional health advising tracks at VCU, please remove yourself from our database.
  • Review our resources: If you have questions, please see our FAQ page, we also have a list of all pre-professional health related student organizations, and information on ways to find some healthcare related volunteer opportunities.

If you are already declared on a pre-professional health advising track, please be sure to review the requirements to maintain a track.

If you are wanting to check that you are on a pre-professional health track, switch tracks, or be removed from a track, please check your status.