As a student interested in a pre-professional health program, you are required to successfully complete the following requirements prior to declaring your track and being assigned to a pre-professional health advisor:

  1. Curricular Requirements:
  • Earn a cumulative VCU GPA of at least a 2.7 (Transfer students applying during their first semester at VCU may use their cumulative GPA from previous institutions).
  • For Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine:You must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:
    • BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151
    • BIOL 152 and BIOZ 152
    • CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101
    • CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102
    • MATH 151 (or MATH 200)
  • For Pre-Occupational Therapy: You must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:
    • BIOL 101 and BIOZ 101
    • PSYC 101
  • For Pre-Physical Therapy: You must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:
    • BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151
    • CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101
    • MATH 151

2.  Professional Development Requirements:

  • Attend an “Interest in [health profession]” workshop for the pre-professional health advising track you wish to declare.  Visit go.vcu.edu/healthprofworkshops for workshop times.
  • Sign up for the weekly newsletter.

3.  Official Declaration:

  • Once the curricular and professional development requirements listed above are successfully completed, you can check your declaration status below.

Fulfilling the curricular and professional development requirements to declare and maintain your pre-professional health track does not guarantee admission to your desired professional health program.  These requirements are the minimum acceptable standards to apply to a professional health program.   It is imperative that you meet with your pre-professional health advisor to develop your plan to become a competent and competitive candidate.

Click to check status of declaration