FAQ

1. What is the UAB Pre-Health Program?
If you are considering going to medical school, dental school or optometry school, this support program will help you meet your goal. The program is designed to assist you in becoming a highly competitive applicant for health professional programs. Program activities

2. What is the highest math class I need to take before applying to UAB medical school?
You will need to have taken Pre-Cal-Trig 106 (MA 106). (A few medical schools require calculus. You should check the requirements of individual schools you are interested in.)

3. How many students are accepted into UAB's Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP)?
Generally ten students are accepted each year.

4. Is pre-health a major?
Pre-health is not a major. It is a track culminating with your application to professional schools. You are free to choose from the 49 majors offered in UAB’s undergraduate schools. Select a major that is a good fit with your competencies, skills and interests.

5. Will I have two UAB advisors?
Yes, you will have your academic advisor and your pre-health advisor.
 
6. How often should I plan to meet with my pre-health advisor?
We recommend that you meet once a term. Therefore three times a year; each fall, spring and summer.
 
7. Where can I find application information for medical, dental, and optometry schools? You can find medical information at AMCAS, dental at AADSAS, and optometry at OPTOMCAS.

8. What do you find as the top motivations of your successful pre-health students?
Most students are looking for work that is exciting and adds meaning to their lives. Some of the most common motivators are the opportunity to help other people, the chance to utilize problem-solving skills, and the flexibility to follow many health-related paths at different career stages.
 
9. I am considering future application to either a School of Pharmacy or to Veterinary School. Am I eligible to participate in your pre-health program?
Yes, you can utilize the support from the pre-health program and make appointments with your pre-health advisor.

10. I plan on transferring to UAB from a junior college. Do you have any advice for me?
 
11. Do I have to be an initiated member of Alpha Epsilon Delta to attend their activities?
All interested students are welcome at AED meetings. We encourage you to apply for Associate Membership. Once you are accepted to UAB, fill out an associate membership application and turn it in with the $15.00 fee at your first activity or drop it off in the CAS Advising Office- Heritage Hall Room 402.
 
12. Who can I contact if I have a question?
Contact Ask Blaze, UAB’s virtual advisor. Read the additional information posted on the entire pre-health website before asking Blaze, because the answer to your question may be included. Once you have been accepted at UAB please call (205) 934-6135 and allow our reception staff to assist you with scheduling an appointment with a pre-health advisor. If you live out of town, phone appointments may be arranged.