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Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising
Ferrell Commons
Building 7G, Room 203
Phone: 407-823-3033
Fax: 407-823-0175
Email:phpladvising@ucf.edu

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How Can Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising Help You?

The Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising provides guidance and support to students interested in pursuing careers in the health and legal professions. Specifically, the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising provides information about the field of law and a wide variety of health-related fields such as allopathic (M.D.), osteopathic (D.O.), and veterinary (D.V.M.) medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health.

4 Focused Areas
EXPLORATION – the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising can ...
  • introduce you to information concerning the various legal and health-related professions.
  • help you narrow your focus to a legal or health profession of most interest to you.
  • provide resources to help you explore more about specific legal or health professions.
After you know which profession you want to pursue …
PREPARATION – the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising can ...
  • assist you in choosing a major, minor, or certificate program to meet your interests and health professional or law school entrance requirements.
  • guide you toward taking the correct prerequisite courses for the health professional or law school you choose to pursue.
  • provide you with information about possible volunteer, community service, shadowing, and/or research opportunities.
  • help introduce you to numerous UCF Pre-Professional Student Organizations.
Near the end of your preparation for professional school …
APPLICATION – the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising can ...
  • help you identify the health professional or law schools where your application can be most competitive.
  • tell you when and which exam (e.g., LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, etc.) to take for your chosen professional school.
  • help you identify which application service to use when applying to your chosen professional schools.
  • assist you in crafting your personal statement and preparing for the interview process.
After you have applied, and been accepted …
DECISION-MAKING – the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising can…
  • assist you in weighing the “pros” and “cons” of the acceptance offers you have received.
  • apprise you of various potential financial aid resources.
  • wish you all the best after you have made your decision and accepted an offer to a health professional or law school, and we’ll ask you to keep in touch!
Advising

1. Who Can See an Advisor

Our staff offer advising consultations to anyone in the following categories:
  • Current UCF Students
  • UCF Alumni
  • Direct Connect Students (VC, SSC, BCC, LSCC)
  • Incoming students (Freshman or Transfer) who already have an orientation date and have paid an enrollment deposit
  • Second-degree-seeking or Non-degree-seeking students who have been admitted to UCF or are currently taking classes
If you are not in one of the above categories but still have questions, please e-mail the Office at phpladvising@ucf.edu and we will work with you to answer your questions.

2. Individual Appointments

Individual Appointments can range from 30-45 minutes and provide a one-on-one detailed advising consultation for students.  Appointments may be scheduled Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00 pm.  To schedule an individual appointment, please call our office at 407-823-3033 or e-mail us at phpladvising@ucf.edu.

3. Walk-In Advising

Do you have a quick question? Visit the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising during our walk-in hours where you will be able to meet with an advisor for up to 15 minutes to ask brief questions.  Students must sign up to see an advisor during walk-in hours.  The sign-up sheet is available in the the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising lobby five minutes prior to the start of walk-in hours scheduled every:

  • Monday, 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • Wednesday 12:00pm-1:30pm
  • Thursday, 9:30am-11:30am
The Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising Appointment Policy

Advising consultation appointments in the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising are in very high demand and the number of students seeking appointments continues to increase. As a result, the following necessary policies are being implemented immediately (starting in the Summer Semester 2013) to assure maximum efficiency in the delivery of the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising services.

Rescheduled Appointments:
Students are permitted to reschedule only one appointment during each semester. On the second attempt to reschedule, students then will be limited to meeting with the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising advisors during walk-in hours ONLY for the remainder of the semester.

Cancelled Appointments:
Students are permitted only one cancelled appointment during each semester. On the second attempt to cancel, students then will be limited to meeting with the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising advisors during walk-in hours ONLY for the remainder of the semester.

Missed (No-Show) Appointments:
Students who do not attend a regularly scheduled appointment and do not call in advance to reschedule or cancel then will be limited to meeting with the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising advisors during walk-in hours ONLY for the remainder of the semester.

Our advisors appreciate the understanding of our Pre-Professional Students to observe the aforementioned policies so that the maximum number of students can be served each semester.

Practice Tests

Would you like a chance to take a FREE Professional School practice test? If you meet the following qualifications, see an the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising advisor for a chance to receive a free Professional School practice test.

Qualifications for the MCAT, PCAT, DAT and OAT. Students must:

  • Be current degree-seeking UCF students or UCF Alumni (not Direct Connect or non-degree seeking)
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25
  • Have completed  the following courses: Biology 1 (BSC2010C) and Chemistry 2 (CHM2046)
  • Have completed at least 30 student credit hours

Qualifications for the GRE and LSAT. Students must:

  • Be current degree-seeking UCF students or UCF Alumni (not Direct Connect or non-degree seeking)
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • Have completed at least 30 student credit hours
Practice Test Space

Do you have a practice test to take? The Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising has rooms available for limited student use to simulate a secure testing environment.  To schedule a time to take a practice test, please call our office at 407-823-3033 or stop by our front desk.

Personal Statement Review

All professional schools and their application services will ask you to submit a personal statement concerning your reasons for pursuing your chosen career. It is always beneficial to have at least one other person review your statement to assist with message clarity, appropriate content, grammar, formatting, and structure issues, and the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising Staff provide feedback in these areas. UCF students can contact the office at 407-823-3033 for instruction on how to submit your personal statement for review.

Additionally, please observe the following deadline dates for submission of your personal statement for review during each application cycle; personal statements submitted after these dates cannot be reviewed:

  • September 1st: Allopathic Medicine
  • September 1st: Dentistry, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine
  • November 1st: Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Optometry
  • November 1st: Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Public Health
  • March 1st: Law
Mock Interviews

Once a student is granted an interview with a professional school, the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising offers mock interviews.  Our Staff will review all materials submitted to the professional school, videotape the mock interview, and provide helpful feedback once the interview session is completed. A DVD copy of the interview will also be provided for student's records. To schedule a mock interview, please call our office at 407-823-3033.

Resource Library

The Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising’s reception area is home to over 80 books related to the field of Law and numerous Health Professions. These materials are available for check-out on a weekly basis.  There are also fact sheets about health professional schools as well as law schools, both in-State and out-of-State, to assist students in researching potential options for application.  Please see the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising front desk Staff to check out materials of interest.

Student Study Space

The Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising has dedicated rooms for students to use on a daily basis for either individual or group study. Rooms may be reserved in two - hour segments.  To reserve a room, please call our office at 407-823-3033 or stop by our front desk.