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Pre-Health/Pre-Medical Advising: When Choosing a Major

Earning a B.S. or B.A. degree in college requires selecting a major. Terms such as pre-med or pre-dental are only descriptive labels since North Carolina Central University (NCCU), like most other schools, does not award any pre-health degrees. 

Most graduate health and medical professions programs require a four year college degree prior to acceptance.  These programs require applicants to have a strong foundation in the natural sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In general, graduate health/medical programs do not have a strong preference for what students choose to major in as long as the student successfully completes the prerequisite course work and is competitive for their program.

Students can use two criteria to help select a major:

  1. Select a major that you are truly interested in; something which would be a backup plan if you are not successful in getting into medical school.
  2. If you don't have an interest outside of the health field, choose a major which includes the prerequisites required by your career field such as biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics.

The majors offered at NCCU which come close to including the prerequisite course work are Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Specific information about these and other degree programs offered at North Carolina Central University can be found at the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition to the traditional science majors and degrees, College of Behavior and Social Sciences offers programs in nursing, and health-related fields that require most the medical, dental, and pharmacy school prerequisites.

Call or visit the Health Careers Center to schedule an appointment with the University Health Profession Advisor to prepare yourself for a career in health care or a medical field.

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