Frequently Asked Questions
What is a degree plan? When do I need to file one?
A degree plan summarizes what you have taken so far and what is left for you to take to complete your degree. All majors must have a degree plan on file after completing at least 30 hours of college credit.
What major should I choose as a pre-health student?
Professional programs seek intelligent, highly motivated, well-rounded and articulate students who can demonstrate academic success in the prerequisite science courses. Rather than looking for a specific major, admission committees want to see academic excellence (i.e., a high GPA).
Some pre-health students feel they must major in chemistry or biology, even if they find those majors boring or difficult. A 2.5 GPA in chemistry doesn’t look nearly as great as a 4.0 in sociology.
Remember, your time at SFA provides you with an opportunity to learn more about the world and the people around you. Once medical school begins, it's all about clinical medicine and clinical sciences. Take advantage of this opportunity to broaden your horizons and your intellect. This may also help expand your uniqueness and diversity to admission committees.
What is the difference between pre-health and pre-nursing?
Students pursuing nursing are required to take two years of prerequisite coursework before applying to the DeWitt School of Nursing. If accepted, students must complete the final two clinical years of nursing school.
Students seeking careers in other health professions must complete the requirements for a degree from SFA along with their prerequisite courses for professional school.
Can I major in pre-nursing and be in the pre-health program?
No. Pre-nursing and pre-health are two completely different areas. You cannot complete pre-health requirements and pursue a nursing degree at the same time because the curriculum differs.
Do I need a minor as a pre-health student?
As a pre-health student, you are not required to have a minor. Minor requirements are set by the major department. Pre-health students can add a combined sciences minor to their degree to make sure that they are able to complete all of their science prerequisites.
What are the requirements to be in the pre-health program?
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Must have an attribute listed on your record by your major’s college
What if I don’t get accepted to professional school after my first application?
You can reapply during the next application cycle. You want to make sure you work on improving your application by increasing your GPA and gaining hours of volunteer work and shadowing. You can also go into your major field or search for other career opportunities.
If I want to be a pre-health assistant (dental hygienist, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapy assistant, etc.), can I still be in the pre-health program?
No. The pre-health program is intended for students who plan to attend a professional school after graduating from SFA.
How does SFA’s pre-health program help me in obtaining my professional goals?
SFA’s pre-health program offers students the following benefits:
- Pre-health resource room
- One of two programs on campus that offer free printing
- Exam prep books
- Shadowing opportunities
- Specialized advising
- Student resource portal
- Application guidance