PRE-MED & PRE-HEALTH PLANNING

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 visit UCLA’s Pre-Health website.

Below are a few of the health fields you may wish to explore:

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, including

College Academic Advisors

  • 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.
  • 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: www.ucla.edu/academics/departments-and-programs

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 offer pre-health workshops (sign up through MyUCLA > Academics > Workshops).
  • For more information, visit: www.cac.ucla.edu > About CAC > Meet the CAC Staff > College Academic Mentors

Career Educators at the Career Center

  • Information sessions and outreach programs by medical schools – sign up via your BruinView Account.
  • Mock Interviews – sign up for a mock medical school interview via your BruinView Account.
  • MCAT/DAT/PCAT/OAT/GRE prep books – visit the Career Center (2nd floor) to access a library of test prep books.
  • Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss your career trajectory.
  • For more information, visit www.career.ucla.edu .

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.

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