Health Professions Advising

Welcome! Learn about your health professions journey—both academic and extra-curricular—at UM-Dearborn.

While you are at UM-Dearborn, start learning about your health professions area of interest; find out ways to help your fellow humans and animals; and begin to develop your core competencies (professional and personal skills) needed to be a health care professional in the future.

All the health professions listed to the left require further education after you graduate from college. At UM-Dearborn, you will obtain a strong liberal arts and science education to prepare you for the competitive health professions graduate programs. 

Select from the navigation menu to learn more about each one and how to prepare for them and read the FAQs below.  We look forward to helping you! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Q1. Where can I get more general information about health careers?
  • Q2. What is the outlook for health care professions careers?
  • Q3. What should I major in at UM-Dearborn?

    While many health professions track students are interested in the natural sciences as a major, others may be interested in the social sciences, humanities, or the arts. Health professions graduate schools seek applicants with diverse and broad and strong academic backgrounds, not necessarily that you were a natural science major or a double major.

    While many students major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Behavior and Biological Sciences, Psychology, and Health and Human Services, health professions graduate schools are more concerned with a student's overall academic quality and scope of college work and not necessarily with the academic major. Given this, you may select a major that is of interest to you, one you will do well in, and one that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for career alternatives.

  • Q4. Does it matter if I earn a BS (Bachelor of Science) or BA (Bachelor of Arts) for my degree?

    Health professions graduate schools are more concerned with a student's overall academic quality and scope of college work, not necessarily with the type of degree earned. In other words, you do not have to have a bachelor of science (BS) to go on to health professions graduate school. Given this, you may decide to earn a degree that is of interest to you, and one that will provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for career alternatives.

  • Q5. If I choose to be pre-med or other pre-health, then is that my major? Will I receive a pre-med or pre-health degree?

    Like most universities our pre-med or pre-health track is not your academic major. It is advising and support designed to help prepare you to gain admission to a medical school or health professions graduate school. You cannot receive a degree in pre-med or any pre-health track at UM-Dearborn.

  • Q6. Should I obtain a minor at UM-Dearborn?

    Health Professions Graduate Schools do not require or expect a student to earn a minor.  It is completely up to the student to earn a minor.  Health Professions Graduate Schools expect that you will do well academically in your major, your general education classes (DDC) and in the pre-health course requirements. If you add a minor, you will be expected to do well academically in your minor too.

  • Q7. What if I need to repeat a course or a series of courses?

    Generally speaking, it generally not recommended that pre-med and/or pre-health coursework be repeated. If you do not perform well in an early science course, you can take next level science course to improve your academic record and become a competitive candidate. An average grade in a pre-requisite course can be redeemed partially by a good performance in another higher level course which demonstrates competence within the same area.

    A single low grade is not going to keep you out of medical school or health professions graduate school, but multiple low grades and thereby multiple potential repeats may. If you are in the latter situation, you will want to seek the help of your academic advisor and the UM-Dearborn Health Professions Advisor early on. 

  • Q8. What if I have to withdraw from a course(s)?

    Similar to advice on course repeats, a single withdrawal on your academic record is not going to keep you out of medical or other health professions graduate school, but potential multiple ones (Ws) may. First, pay attention to your school deadlines for drop/add deadlines and W deadlines.  If you find you are having trouble with a course, seek the help of your academic advisor and the advice of UM-Dearborn Health Profession Advisor early on.

  • Q9. What qualities and skills should I possess to be a physician or health care professional?

    The same qualities and skills that current health professionals are expected to possess. Health professionals are expected to be able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. They should be committed to serving others, work well on teams and possess integrity and adaptability. They should be able to accept feedback, improve their practice and keep up with emerging science knowledge. You should demonstrate all of these abilities during your college years and on your health professions graduate school applications.

    The Association of American Medical Colleagues has presented a list of core competencies (skills/attributes described above) that you will find useful to read and incorporate in your curricular and co-curricular experience.  Work with the UM-Dearborn Health Professions Advisor to work on a plan for developing your core competencies.

  • Q10. Do I need to shadow someone in the profession or volunteer in a medical or healthcare clinic?

    Yes!  Health professions graduate schools admissions officers want to see that students have learned about their intended careers and have first-hand experience. Some programs are looking for documented hours working with patients or observing a professional; some look for letters of evaluation from mentors in the profession; some look for volunteer work in a health care setting. In general, any experience in a professional setting will be helpful to your application and your career. Please work with the UM Dearborn Health Professions Advisor for working on your Professional Competency. 

  • Q11. Where can I look to get involved with pre-med and pre-health student groups?

    We have many pre-med and pre-health student groups at UM-Dearborn.  Visit the Victors Link, the online hub for all student organization and campus resources at UM-Dearborn, to find and learn more.

Do you want to know more about this?

For currently enrolled UM-Dearborn students:

Request an appointment by email or through M-Success to meet with the Director of Health Professions Advising (HPA).

Please refer to the April 8, 2019 email for details on how to request a HPA appointment.

For prospective new students: high school or transfer students

Please contact UM-Dearborn Admission Office.

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