What is Pre-Med and Pre-Health at UCLA?

The Pre-Med and Pre-Health curriculum at UCLA does not lead to a formal degree.  Rather, it is a flexible course of study that will satisfy entrance requirements for and prepare students to pursue graduate studies in the medical or health fields.  While UCLA does not have a pre-med or pre-health major, it is a top university in preparing students for various careers in the medical and health professions.  Whether you are a STEM major or pursuing a degree in the Humanities/Arts/Social Sciences, there are many pathways available to you, in order to guide you through your medical and health career trajectories.  We encourage you to

Most professional health programs require a general curriculum of chemistry, biology, math, and physics, which are listed in the UCLA Pre-Health Course Requirements Worksheet. This worksheet includes a recommended basic course of study for health professional schools.


UCLA provides pre-health students with a multitude of resources in advising for program planning and the admissions process.  A large number of advisors are available to you at UCLA.

Academic Advisors in the College

  • Visit your College advising unit for assistance with: major exploration, course planning and requirements, career exploration in pre-med and pre-health fields, research and volunteer opportunities, and making the most of your UCLA experience.
  • Your advising unit can found in the upper right corner of your Degree Audit.
  • Not a STEM* major? Your College Advisor can help you design a program plan to fit in your major and pre-health requirements.
  • Where is my College advising unit?
    CAC…………………………………..A316 Murphy Hall
    Honors……………………………….A311 Murphy Hall
    Athletics……………………………127 Morgan Center
    AAP………………………………….1205 Campbell Hall

Departmental Academic Advisors

  • STEM Major? Visit your Department Advisor for help navigating your major requirements with prehealth requirements and applying to professional school.
  • Not a STEM Major? Visit Inna Gergel, Physiological Sciences Department Advisor, for advice about applying to medical school.
  • For department advisor contact information, visit: our School and Department Contact List

College Academic Mentors

  • CAMs are graduate students at UCLA who are trained on College academic policies and pre-health requirements. Schedule an appointment with a CAM for help with course planning to fulfill pre-health requirements.
  • CAMs in UCLA Geffen School of Medicine will be hosting biweekly Pre-Med Q&As where they answer all of your questions about being pre-med at UCLA .  To sign up just search for “Pre-MED Q + A” on the MyUCLA events page   or click on the graphic below and search for “Pre-MED Q + A”.
  • CAMs offer other pre-health workshops (sign up through MyUCLA > Academics > Workshops).
  • For more information, visit: > Center Programs > College Academic Mentors

Career Educators at the Career Center

  • Information sessions and outreach programs by medical schools – sign up via your Handshake account.
  • Mock Interviews – utilize InterviewStream, a mock interviewing tool, on your Handshake account.
  • MCAT/DAT/PCAT/OAT/GRE prep books – visit the Career Center (2nd floor, 501 Westwood Plaza) to access a library of test prep books.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss your career trajectory.
  • For more information, visit .

Other resources also include specific information on Health Care Internships and the English requirement.

For additional information about Pre-Health Requirements at UCLA and Pre-Health Resources available to students, please see our Pre-Health Requirements  and Pre-Health Resources  informational handouts.


Med Mentors at UCLA

Med Mentors at UCLA is a group of over 300 DGSOM medical students who are eager to share advice and resources with premed students at UCLA and beyond. They partner with the UCLA Career Center, the DGSOM Office of Admissions, and the DGSOM Office of Outreach & Pathway Programs to host student panels, provide 1-on-1 advising, and distribute free resources to all premed students.

Check them out on their website and find out all the way that they may be able to help you!

For additional information about Pre-Health Resources available to students, please see our Pre-Health Resources informational handout .