Our college offers cirriculum suitable for a variety of different pre-professional programs, including, but not limited to, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental, pre-optometry and pre-law. 

Services Provided

  • List of required prerequisite courses for respective professional schools in the United States
  • Help planning the schedule of pre-professional courses in addition the requirements of your major
  • Suggestions for additional courses outside the prerequisites 
  • Connections to the student organizations, volunteer work and professional-related experiences
  • Information on preparation for admission tests
  • Information regarding the application process

Meet With An Advisor

Pre-professional students should meet with a pre-professional advisor at least twice during their freshman/sophomore years and at least three times during their junior/senior years. To schedule an appointment with the college's pre-professional advisor, please e-mail Lesli Hall.  Pre-vet students should schedule an appointment with Colette Tebeau

Pre-Professional LISTSERVs

Pre-Health
Stay informed by joining the pre-med listserv. Our college will share meeting information, announcements, research, employment and volunteer opportunities for UK's pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-optometry students.

Subscribe to listserv by emailing a message to listserv@lsv.uky.edu. In the body of the text type: SUBSCRIBE PRE-MED-L. To unsubscribe type UNSUBSCRIBE PRE-MED-L in the body of the text.

Pre-Law
Pre-Law information is periodically posted to the Pre-Law Listserv. Subscribe to listserv by emailing a message to listserv@lsv.uky.edu. In the body of the text type: SUBSCRIBE PRE-LAW-L. To unsubscribe type UNSUBSCRIBE PRE-LAW-L in the body of the text.

Pre-Vet
All pre-vet students should sign up for the pre-vet listserv. Pre-vet advisors share vet school updates, scheduling details, employment opportunities, and application tips. To subscribe to the pre-vet listserv, send a message to listserv@lsv.uky.edu. In the body of the text type: SUBSCRIBE UKPREVET-L yourfirstname yourlastname. Subscribers should use their uky email address.

The Competitive Applicant

Competition for admission to professional schools is very intense. 

Professional school admissions committees certainly consider grades and admission test scores, but they also give serious consideration to many other factors. What does the competitive applicant "look like"? Every school is different, but they do consider your cumulative GPA, science GPA (chemistry, biology, physics, and math) and corresponding entrance exam score (MCAT, DAT, OAT, etc). Please visit the websites of schools you are interested in the gauge the general expectations of applicants or speak with your pre-professional advisor. 

Other factors considered by admission committees:

  • demonstrated leadership
  • exposure to the profession in patient-care settings
  • involvement in service work to benefit the community
  • independent study or research
  • strong, well-written letters of evaluation from faculty
  • a clear, authentic answer to why the student wants to pursue the profession
  • strong interpersonal communication skills evident in the interview

Advisors can provide guidance and support as you work to achieve your goal. Remember that it is your academic performance, your admission test scores, and your overall credentials that will determine your success.

Related Experience
It is very important that you gain exposure in your intended career field to confirm your desire to enter the profession. Are you comfortable being around sick people? Do you understand the nature of the work on a daily basis? Do you have the "stomach" for it? Gaining this experience assures professional school admission committees that you do understand the pressure and demands of the work. Without this first-hand experience, how can you be sure that this is the career for you?

Pre-professional students should be regularly and consistently involved in health care. This is not something a student puts off until junior year! Use some of your semesters and breaks to augment your experience. Consistent involvement over a period of years demonstrates commitment to the goal of becoming a health care professional.

There are several ways to become involved. You may contact a health care professional you know and arrange a shadowing experience. Being in the office with patients, or on rounds in the hospital allows you to experience some of the daily life of a health care professional. In addition to these settings, please remember that any setting involving the care and treatment of patients can be a fruitful environment for you. Examples include a nursing home, health department, free clinic, etc.

Student Organizations
UK has numerous pre-professional student organizations. For a complete list including contact information visit the Center for Student Involvement. Getting involved in student organizations on campus can be of great benefit to you by forming connections with other students with similar interests and goals. Involvement in the pre-professional organizations can also help you develop your leadership skills.

Community and Service
Health care and public service fields such as law are people-oriented and their professionals are community leaders. Therefore, it is important to develop your leadership skills in areas of service to others. You may involve yourself in student organizations where service work is a component, and/or you may choose to commit to a cause or project on your own.

Many of the pre-professional student organizations on campus have a component of service work. You may choose to involve yourself as an individual in service work of some sort. This is an area where "if it feels good, do it!" Some ideas are tutoring children, becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, providing transportation for cancer patients to and from their treatments, adopting a "grandparent" in a nursing home, serving regularly at the Hope Center, volunteering at God's Pantry, becoming involved in DanceBlue etc. For a list of areas of need, contact the Center for Community Outreach.