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The UMW Pre-Health Program offers academic and career advising to UMW students preparing for any health-related career, including the following:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Nursing
  • And more: Explore health careers at https://explorehealthcareers.org/

These pre-health career tracks are not majors, but rather pre-career paths that students can follow from virtually any major offered at UMW.

All pre-health career tracks have the same basic components:

  • Coursework: Students participating in any one of the pre-health career programs listed above are required to take a variety of science, math and non-science courses.  Most of these courses overlap with general education requirements of the University.
  • Clinical Experiences: Most pre-career programs require students to complete extracurricular clinical experiences that show students the reality of the profession.
  • Community Service: Volunteering in the community has become an increasingly important part of all health professions.

Clinical Experiences

No matter what specific pre-health track a UMW student is following, there are many venues for UMW Pre-Health students to  obtain the important clinical hours they need.  UMW Pre-Health students shadow physicians, dentists, PAs, PTs, OTs, and DVMs, they work as medical scribes and at local pharmacies, volunteer at Mary Washington Hospital, earn their EMT-B license through area rescue squads, and go on international medical missions.

Formal Affiliations & Partnerships

UMW has a strong working relationship with all area health career programs.  To date, we have established five formal affiliation programs and partnerships:

For More Information . . .

For more information regarding the UMW Pre-Health Advising Program or for information regarding any one particular career track, feel free to email the UMW Pre-Health Careers Advisor,  Stephen Gallik, Ph. D., Professor of Biology at  sgallik@umw.edu.

Prospective Students and their parents can meet Professor Gallik and ask questions about the Pre-Health Program at any of the UMW Open Houses, scheduled on the following dates:

2019-2020 Dates
Saturday, September 21
Saturday, October 26
Saturday, November 16 – Access UMW Open House (Diversity Focus)
Monday, February 17
Friday, April 10

Professor Gallik holds office hours specifically set aside to address anyone interested in the UMW Pre-Health Program at the UMW Career Center, University Center, Suite 206.  To make an appointment to visit with Professor Gallik, please call the Career Center at 540-654-5646 or email the Career Center at ccpd@umw.edu.

Information for UMW Students and Alumni

Currently enrolled UMW Students can gain access to all program information by registering with the UMW Pre-Health Program on the UMW Pre-Health Program Canvas site.  Any UMW student with a valid UMW network userID and password can register with the site.

Incoming Students:  Newly accepted, incoming students should click here for specific information of interest to you.

UMW Alumni:  UMW alumni who are thinking about applying to a graduate school in any of the health professions, such as medical school, dental school, vet school, physician assistant program, etc. should click here for specific information of interest to you.