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High School Students...                                         
Are you interested in a medical career?                  
                      What should you be doing while in high school?
                                                                  What can you do after high school?

Regardless of the profession you decide to pursue, there are many things you could be doing during your high school years to get you on track for college.                  

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What health care area are you interested in?

The University of Arizona offers programs in Health Education, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medicine. Students do not enter the College of Medicine's MD program until after they have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree. Most students enter their freshman year in what is called a pre-professional major such as Pre-Health Education, Pre-Nursing or Pre-Pharmacy.

Click on health care area to see the path for your future

Medicine: Freshman interested in a medical degree typically complete a four-year bachelor's degree. While a specific undergraduate major is not required for entry into medical school, a core of courses in the sciences is required. Several undergraduate major programs (such as biochemistry, general biology, molecular and cellular biology, and physiological sciences) include the core of science courses required for admission to medical school. Alternatively, many other undergraduate major programs can be supplemented by the Pre-Health Thematic Minor that contains the science courses required for medical school admission. For current pre-medical requirements, contact the Pre-Health Professions Advising Center at http://www.prehealth.arizona.edu or call (520) 626-7241

Health Education:
Freshman enter the College of Public Health as Pre-Health Education majors. After successful completion of prerequisite course work during the first two years at the UA, students may apply for admission to the Health Education major, seeking a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (B.S.H.S.) with a major in Health Education. For more information visit http://www.publichealth.arizona.edu/ or call (520) 626-3200

Nursing: Freshman enter the University School as Pre-Nursing majors. After successful completion prerequisite course work, students may apply for admission to the College of Nursing's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program. For more information visit http://www.nursing.arizona.edu or call (520) 626-6154

Pharmacy: Freshman enter the University School as Pre-Pharmacy majors. Upon successful completion of prerequisite course work, students may apply for admission to the College of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree program. The prerequisite course work can be completed in two years, although many students complete a four-year bachelor's degree before applying for admission to the Pharm.D degree program. For more information visit http://www.pharmacy.arizona.edu/index.php or call (520) 626-1427

Preparing for Other Health Professions: Students seeking other health professions, such as dentistry, optometry, physician's assistant, podiatry, physical therapy and occupational therapy may complete UA undergraduate degree programs or prerequisite courses needed to enter institutions specializing in these other health professions. Selection of an undergraduate major should be based on student interest. Majors often chosen y students interested in one of these heatlh professions, or in medicine include: general biology, molecular and cellular biology, physiological sciences, psychology, and microbiology.

Seeking Academic Advising: The UA Pre-Health Professions Advising Center will assist you with information on careers in many health professions and the prerequisite requirements for admission to the professional schools. For more information visit http://www.prehealth.arizona.edu/

Facts and information for you...

Median Incomes...

             Physician - $100,000

                    Nurse - $50,000

            Pharmacist - $80,000

      Health Educator - $50,000

What is the MCAT? The Medical College Admissions Test consists of four and three quarters hours of multiple-choice testing, plus one hour devoted to a writing sample. Test dates are in April and August. Scores are based on a 1 - 15 scale.

What do you do once you have set foot on campus?
- Find the Pre-health advising
- Find a Pre-health student
  organization and become
- Start looking into Research/
  Summer Programs like
- Start looking at Medical

I want to be a...
- Medical Technologist
- Pediatrician
- Obstetrician/Gynecologist
- Nurse
- Physician
- Pharmacist
- Physical Therapist


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