General Department Information

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study or career advancement. The curriculum prepares students for advanced studies in both clinical and non-clinical fields. The core curriculum provides a foundation in chemistry, biology, physics and social sciences. Upper-level core requirements focus in areas related to human disease and clinical applications such as pathophysiology, pharmacology, epidemiology and research. Additional elective courses allow students the flexibility to fulfill required prerequisites for their chosen graduate and professional programs. For more information about the degree visit: catalog.ucf.edu.

There is a lot of information throughout our website. We encourage you to review each section of the Department of Health Sciences website and the Undergraduate Catalog. For updates regarding courses, events, news and more follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Health Sciences degree is designed to provide students with a solid educational background in basic and health-related sciences, while providing the foundation courses required for admission to graduate level clinical programs in health professions including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy. The flexibility of this major allows students to prepare for multiple careers in health sciences. Students may also meet with Career Services to learn about various career opportunities.

Yes, the Health Sciences major offers an internship course for restricted elective credit. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences major may apply for an internship course. This course is three credit hours and enrollment is by application only. For more information about this internship, please visit: healthprofessions.ucf.edu/healthsciences/health-sciences-internship. If you have any questions please contact our Health Sciences Internship Coordinator at [email protected] or 407-823-4096.

Students are also encouraged to get involved with a student organization for further opportunities. You may visit the Clubs & Organizations section of our website for a list of related student organizations. Students may also speak with the office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising and Career Services for more information on possible opportunities.

Students are welcome to schedule an appointment with a Health Sciences academic advisor to explore their career and graduate school options. Additionally, websites and additional resources on various professions and careers in health, as well as graduate program prerequisites, can be found under the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website. Student may also meet with the offices of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising or Career Services for advising related to health professions in career exploration and graduate school requirements.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is a 4-year major composed of at least 120 credit hours. Students who transfer with an A.A. degree from a Florida public state college or university complete the degree at an average of 2 to 3 years.

Some courses in the major are offered in both face-to-face and online offerings. The majority of coursework is offered in a lecture format, in a classroom. To find out the mode the courses are offered for the current or upcoming semester(s), visit my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page.

The majority of the courses in the major are offered in the morning and afternoon. Very few courses are offered in the evening. To find out the times and days courses are offered for the current or upcoming semester(s), visit my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page. Use the search options to modify selections.

UCF currently does not offer a program in Occupational Therapy or Physician Assistant. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered. The office of PreHealth and Pre-Law Advising is also able to provide information regarding these areas.

UCF does not offer an undergraduate or graduate program in nutrition at this time. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered.

Appointments with the academic advisors can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising office by calling 407-823-0946. Students are also welcome to email the academic advisors at [email protected]. Additional advising information can be found under the Academic Advising page of our website.

Admissions Information

Students must apply online via UCF Admissions for admission to the University as an undergraduate student. Through this application, the major in Health Sciences is declared. Once admittance to the University is granted, no additional application for the major is required for the Health Sciences track. If students wish to pursue the Pre-Clinical track, a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required. For assistance with selecting a track, you must see a Health Sciences academic advisor. Applicants should review the Undergraduate Admissions website (admissions.ucf.edu) as well as the current Undergraduate Catalog for information on the University entrance requirements as well as instructions on the online application process. Please refer all and any questions on admissions to Undergraduate Admissions at 407-823-3000 or [email protected].

The major does not have any prerequisites that need to be completed prior to the start of the major. However, there are two track options for students: the Health Sciences track and the Pre-Clinical track.

  • The Health Sciences track is an open access track. That means there are no prerequisites to declare this track. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.5 or above for graduation.
  • The Pre-Clinical track is a restricted access track. That means students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above to declare this track. Students will initially be placed in a pending status until their GPA is reviewed. If you meet the requirements, you will be admitted to the PreClinical track. No additional application is required.

For assistance with selecting a track, you must see a Health Sciences academic advisor.

Once admitted to the University, courses can be verified individually for equivalency by a Health Sciences academic advisor (a course syllabus will be required).

It is strongly recommended that students wishing to transfer to the Health Sciences major at UCF complete an A.A. degree from a Florida public state college or university. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements. Students should be aware that not all transferred courses (within an A.A. degree or not) will go towards courses for the major.

You can visit my.ucf.edu and click on the “Class Search” link located under myUCF quick links on the left of the page.

Academic Advising

The Health Sciences major has two tracks: Health Sciences track or Pre-Clinical track. A student should select a track based on their career and graduate school interests. The Health Sciences track is open access and any student may declare. Students in the Health Sciences track must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation. The Pre-Clinical track requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to declare the track and to remain on the track. Students will initially be accepted into a pending status until their GPA is reviewed. No additional application is required for the Pre-Clinical track. Students who fail to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 cannot remain in the Pre-Clinical track and must change to the Health Sciences track.

Yes. A student should select a track based on their career and graduate school interests. The Health Sciences track is for students interested in pursuing careers such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Environmental Health, Medical Assistant, Emergency Medicine, Medical Arts and Humanities, and many others. The Pre-Clinical track is specifically for students pursing Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and more (it also includes the careers listed in the Health Sciences track). The Health Sciences track is open access. Students in the Health Sciences track must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation. The Pre-Clinical track is restricted access requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to declare the track and to remain on the track.

No. Selecting a track depends on the student’s interests and goals. Both tracks offer a wide variety of restricted elective course options and career paths. To learn more about the track requirements and career options, meet with a Health Sciences academic advisor.

Failure to maintain the required overall GPA (3.0) in the Pre-Clinical track will result in the student being placed on Lack of Progress in the major. If a student on Lack of Progress fails to achieve the minimum required overall GPA of 3.0 in the subsequent term of enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track and must change to the Health Sciences track.

A student who is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track will not be able to reapply for the Pre- Clinical track. If a student is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track, the restricted electives taken while declared as Pre-Clinical track student will apply towards the Health Sciences track (this will occur one time only). Once a student is declared in the Health Sciences track they are only permitted to select restricted electives exclusively for the Health Sciences track. All students who are dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track are required to meet with a Health Sciences academic advisor.

Restricted electives should be selected based on graduate and/or career goals. Restricted electives are determined based on tracks (Health Sciences or Pre-Clinical) and may not be interchanged. Students must select restricted electives that appear on the catalog and/or myKnight Audit for their declared track only.

Appointments with an academic advisor can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising office at 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Academic Advising page of our website.

Transferred courses that do not show up automatically on your myKnight Audit as fulfilling a major requirement will need to be reviewed by a Health Sciences academic advisor for equivalency. A course syllabus must be provided. If equivalency is verified, a substitution may be processed. Call 407-823-0946 to schedule an appointment.

To access your myKnight Audit, log in to my.ucf.edu and select Student Self Service and click on the drop down box on the left side of the page. It is extremely important to become familiar with your myKnight audit. Learn how to read it.

It is highly recommended to complete the remaining courses for the major at UCF. Current UCF students in the major can go transient for certain courses if within the University’s residency requirement. You must verify with your Health Sciences academic advisor that the course will count towards your requirements. Please refer to the Registrar’s Office for more information on the transient process.

Yes. The Health Sciences Minor is designed to increase the student’s knowledge base in the areas of health care, health promotion and disease prevention. It may prove beneficial to students seeking future employment within the health care arena and for students applying to various health-related academic programs. This minor is only available to students currently enrolled at UCF. For more information about the minor, please contact Mr. L. Timothy Worrell at 407-823-5236 or [email protected].

As a pre-health student, you need to seek two types of advising: academic and pre-professional. There are several advising offices on campus that you will want to take advantage of, each providing different services.

  • Health Sciences Academic Advising: Provides academic advising for current students in the major and prospective students. The Health Sciences academic advisors can assist students with information on the major, schedule planning, selecting a track, restricted elective options, possible course substitutions, override information and transfer course equivalencies.
  • First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE): Academic advising for students during their freshman/first year. fyae.sdes.ucf.edu
  • Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL): Assists pre-professional students in any undergraduate major by offering advising for all health professions in career exploration, required courses for graduate schools, volunteer/shadowing opportunities, internships, admission testing, and application materials as well as seminars and related workshops. phpladvising.ucf.edu

The Health Sciences academic advisors are available by appointment only, except Thursday afternoon. To schedule an appointment, contact the Health Sciences Academic Advising office (located in HS 1 Room 124) at 407-823-0946.

Walk-in hours are on Thursdays from 1:30pm – 4:00pm and are only for brief advising meetings (you may be referred to schedule an advising appointment depending on the nature of the request). Prospective students (not currently enrolled in UCF courses) are required to schedule an advising appointment. Walk-in hours are subject to change. It is encouraged that you call the office to verify the hours prior to arrival.

You may also connect with a Health Sciences advisor via email ([email protected]), Facebook or Twitter.

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