Skip to Main Content

Preprofessional Advising for Transfer Students

Professional School Courses

Many professional schools prefer to see prerequisite courses taken at university level. The courses listed here are all lower division courses. There are more upper division courses (3000 or higher) you need to take once you transfer to the university. Please make sure to talk to your preprofessional advisor at your school and the University of Utah.

Download a table of required courses for Professional Schools.

Extracurricular Activities

Visit UUSOM web site for specific numbers of hours in several extracurricular areas.


Because you are preparing for a humanitarian profession, it is important to have volunteer learning experiences which demonstrate a commitment to service to others. It is suggested that this be ongoing throughout your college years prior to application for admission.

Med & Osteopathic (DO): Required (Cannot get money, compensation or credits)
Dental: Strongly Recommended (related to dentistry is better)
Veterinary: Required (related to animal experience is better. Average of 1000 hrs.)
Optometry, Podiatry, & Chiropractic: Recommended

Patient Care

Interacting well with patients is one of the key indicators of a successful future in profession you are interested. The most common way to have this experience will be working/ volunteering at hospitals and offices where you can get direct patient care experiences.

Med & Osteopathic (DO): Required (Need direct interaction w/people who are sick & conscious)
Dental: Required
Veterinary: Required (Average of 1000 hrs.)
Optometry, Podiatry, & Chiropractic: Strongly Recommended


This should be one of your first experiences. Observing professionals in action will help you gather the information you need to fully commit to the profession you have chosen and to learn about a variety of medical specialties.

Med & Osteopathic (DO):

Required(MD or DO)

Dental: Required
Veterinary: Required
Optometry, Podiatry, & Chiropractic:



You will be a leader and team member in many ways – with your patients, your staff, your colleagues, and your community. Examples includes offices held in organizations, committee work; leadership in church activities; coordinating a project; managing, training, supervising at work or in other activities; teaching experience of any kind; peer counseling or mentoring, etc.

Med & Osteopathic (DO): Required
Dental: Strongly Recommended
Veterinary: Strongly Recommended
Optometry, Podiatry, & Chiropractic: Recommended


You will depend on literature of profession to remain current in their field during their entire career. Most professional schools highly recommend participation in independent, hypothesis- based research using the scientific method. Your research experience could be from many different areas – it does not have to be related to your professional field or in a lab.

Med & Osteopathic (DO): Required 
Dental: Optional
Veterinary: Optional
Optometry, Podiatry, & Chiropractic: Optional


Professional schools are interested in well-rounded students who know how to balance work with recreation. Recreation activities, including hobbies, athletics, and other pastimes, will help you relieve stress and return refreshed to your studies, both undergraduate and professional.

Med & Osteopathic (DO): Required
Dental: Strongly Recommended
Veterinary: Optional
Optometry, Podiatry, & Chiropractic: Optional

Contact PreProfessional Advising


PPA Advisor Office Locations:

Main PPA Office: Mayumi Kasai, Amy Urbanek and Cari Winger: Building 44, Room 206 [MAP]  

Marriott Library: Shelley Nicholson and Tam Mai: On the 2nd floor, in the South West corner of the Knowledge Commons

HPER North: Heather Crum, Room 234 


Fall 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The office will be closed for planned events on:

  • MLK Day: Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Presidents' Day: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 28, 2018

Appointments are required. Please call 801-581-5744 to schedule an appointment.

If you are a prospective student (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email to schedule an appointment. 


"10 minute rule"

Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time. Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.

Find us on Facebook!@UnivCollege on Twitter


Last Updated: 1/19/18