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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (PRE-CLINICAL) Ranking among the 15 most popular majors at UCF in 2016-17
  • 12 - (PHYSICAL THERAPY) Ranking among "100 Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report

Mailing Address

Department of Health Professions
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-2205

Phone: 407-823-2214
Fax: 407-823-2596

Frequently Asked Questions

  • General Program

    What is "Health Sciences Pre-Clinical"?

    Health sciences encompass the basic sciences- biology, chemistry, and physics- and applied sciences that focus on human health. Clinical refers to the observation and treatment of patients. A "pre-clinical" program in health sciences offers the course work required before pursuing graduate training in a clinical profession.

    How long is the HSPC Program?

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Program is a four-year Bachelor of Science program composed of at least 120 credit hours. Students who transfer with an Associate of Arts complete the program at an average of two to three years.

    What courses would I be taking as a student in the HSPC program?

    The core course work includes chemistry, physics, nutrition, pharmacology, preventive health care, pathophysiology, epidemiology, health law and ethics, and human anatomy and physiology. For a listing of all the required courses in the program and their course descriptions, visit our section in the current Undergraduate Catalog: www.catalog.sdes.ucf.edu.

    Can I take any courses online?

    Some courses in the program are offered in both face-to-face and online offerings. The majority of coursework is offered in lecture format in a classroom. To find out the mode the courses are offered for the current or upcoming semester, visit  https://my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page.

    How do I know which courses are offered online?

    While the HSPC program does offer some courses online, the majority of the coursework is offered in a lecture/lab format in the classroom. To find out the mode the courses are offered for the current or upcoming semester, visit  https://my.ucf.edu. Logon using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page. Use the mode of instruction option to modify your search.

    Does the program offer courses in the evening?

    The majority of the courses in the program are offered in the morning and afternoon. Very few courses are offered in the evening. To find out the times and days courses are offered for the current or upcoming semesters, visit  https://my.ucf.edu. Log on using your NID and NID password. Click on Student Self Service and then select Search at the top left of the page. Use the search options to modify selections.

    What type of job opportunities are there after I graduate with this degree?

    Most of our graduates start graduate school (clinical or non-clinical programs) or take a year off to complete and strengthen their application after graduation. Students who take a year off or are changing their career plans after graduation may work towards achieving a teaching certificate to teach sciences/health sciences in high schools, in research positions or in entry-level positions in the health care field.

    Where can I find more information on different graduate and professional programs and careers that I can pursue with this degree?

    Websites and additional resources on different professions and careers in health as well as graduate program pre- requisites can be found under the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website: /hp/pre-clinical-program/resources/career-post-graduate-planning/.

    Can I go to medical school with this degree?

    Yes, the HSPC Program's curriculum allows students to fulfill the prerequisites for almost all graduate programs, including medical school. The curriculum provides a solid background in courses related to human health. Students learn the basic science content as well as how it relates to clinical practice.

    Is the HSPC Program only offered at the main campus in Orlando or are some classes offered at any of the regional campuses?

    At this time, the HSPC Program only offers courses at the Orlando campus.

    Does UCF have a graduate program in occupational therapy or physician assistant that I can pursue after I complete this degree?

    UCF does not offer a program in occupational therapy or physician assistant. Please visit Career and Post-Graduate Planning to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered.

    Is there a nutrition program at UCF?

    UCF does not offer an undergraduate or graduate program in nutrition at this time. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered: /hp/pre-clinical-program/resources/career-post-graduate-planning/

    Can I take courses at another institution/community college while taking courses at UCF that will transfer into the program?

    It is highly recommended to complete the remaining courses for the program at UCF. Current UCF students in the program can go transient for certain courses if within the University's residency requirement. Please refer to the following information on how to submit a transient form: /undergraduate-services/advising/transient-information/.

    I’m looking into switching my major or double majoring in HSPC, who can I talk to for more information?

    Appointments with the Program Advisor can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Advising office at 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Advising page:  /hp/pre-clinical-program/advising/.

    Are there internship opportunities within the program?

    Internships are not a requirement for the program but are highly recommended to pursue certain graduate programs. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences Pre-Clinical program may apply for an internship course. This course will be for 3 credit hours and enrollment will be by application only and has guidelines and prerequisites that must be met. For more information about this internship please visit: /hp/pre-clinical-program/health-sciences-internship/. If you have any questions or issues please contact Toshiro Myles, Health Science Pre-Clinical Internship Coordinator at Toshiro.myles@ucf.edu or (407) 823-4096.

    Students can also meet with a Pre-Professional advisor in the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL) for other possible internship opportunities: https://www.phpladvising.ucf.edu/.

    Where can I get more information about the program?

    There is plethora of information throughout our website. We encourage you to review each section of the HSPC webpage: /hp/pre-clinical-program/, the main UCF page: www.ucf.edu, and the Undergraduate Catalog: www.catalog.sdes.ucf.edu.

    Who can I talk to for more information?

    Appointments with a program advisor can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Advising office by calling 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Advising page: /hp/pre-clinical-program/advising/.

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  • Admission and Application

    How do I apply to the program?

    Students must apply online at Undergraduate Admissions for admission to UCF as an undergraduate student. Through this application the Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical major is declared. Once admittance to UCF is granted, no additional application for the program is required. Applicants should review information at both Undergraduate Admissions and the UCF Undergraduate Catalog for information on entrance requirements as well as instructions on the online application process.

    Please refer all questions on admissions to Undergraduate Admissions.

    Are there any prerequisites for the program?

    The program does not have any specific prerequisites. We highly encourage students who are transferring to UCF to complete the following courses before transferring: College Trigonometry, General Biology I, General Psychology, and Statistical Methods.  We also strongly encourage students to take the two-semester course sequences, such as General Chemistry I & II, College Physics I & II, and Anatomy & Physiology, at UCF.

    How can I make sure my courses transfer to UCF and into the program?

    Once admitted to the university, courses can be verified individually for equivalency by the program advisor (course descriptions for each course being questioned will be required). Please call 407-823-0946 to schedule an appointment.

    Should I transfer with an Associate of Arts (A.A.)?

    It is strongly recommended that students wishing to transfer to the HSPC program at UCF complete an A.A. degree at a community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet general education requirements. Students should be aware that not all transferred courses (within an A.A. degree or not) will go towards courses for the major.

    I will have or already have an A.A degree. What courses can I take at my community college before I start the program?

    The following courses can be completed prior to transferring to UCF: College Trigonometry, General Biology I, General Psychology, and Statistical Methods. Other courses can include Developmental Psychology and Nutrition. Students are strongly encouraged to complete two-semester course sequences such as General Chemistry I & II, College Physics I & II, and Anatomy & Physiology at UCF after transferring.

    How do I search for classes for a specific semester if I have not yet been accepted to UCF?

    You can visit https://my.ucf.edu and click on the "Class Search" link located under myUCF Quick Links on the left of the page.

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  • Advising

    I am a graduate non-degree seeking student and would like to take some courses that are part of the HSPC Program but I am experiencing an enrollment error. What do I do?

    As a non-degree seeking student, enrollment into any HSPC Program courses will occur during the first week of classes during the term you are seeking a possible override. Proper documentation must be presented during the first week of the semester to the HSPC Program advisor (see Advising for office location and hours) showing the completion of the required prerequisites for the course. (It is the student's responsibility to physically provide this.)

    Overrides only will be processed in person and if there are seats available at the time the override is requested and after prerequisite completion is verified.

    I took a course that is not showing up correctly on myKnight audit/I am not receiving credit for, what can I do?

    Transferred courses that do not show up automatically on your myKnight audit as fulfilling a program requirement will need to be reviewed by the HSPC Program Advisor for equivalency. A course description must be provided. If equivalency is verified, a substitution may be processed. Call 407-823-0946 to schedule an appointment.

    How can I access myKnight audit?

    To access your myKnight audit, log in to https://my.ucf.edu and select Student Self Service and click on the drop down box on the left side of the page. It is extremely important to become familiar with your myKnight audit. Learn how to read it.

    Can I take a course(s) at another institution while I am still taking courses at UCF?

    HSPC Program students occasionally have the option to take a course(s) at a local community or state college during the regular semester or at an institution closer to their permanent residence during the summer semester. The transient form process provides the student with university approval that the course(s) they want to take at a community or state college is(are) considered equivalent to a UCF course(s). The college's Undergraduate Student Services office facilitates the verification process of transient forms.

    We recommend seeking prior approval before completing the online transient form from either the HSPC Program advisor or Undergraduate Student Services advisor. Please see Transient Information for information on how to submit a transient form.

    How can I know if a course I plan to or did take at another institution will transfer into the program?

    You can review the course prior to taking it with a Program Advisor to verify the equivalency of the course and if it would transfer into the major.

    When and where can I see the HSPC Program advisor?

    The HSPC Program Advisor is available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Advising Office at 407-823-0946. Walk-in hours are on Thursdays from 1:30pm - 4:30pm and are for quick questions. A current printed myKnight audit is required with every visit.

    I am confused by all of the different advising offices. What does each office do and when should I go to each?

    As a health sciences pre-clinical student, you need to seek two types of advising: pre-professional and academic. There are several advising offices on campus that you will want to take advantage of, each providing different services.

    • Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Advising: Provides academic advising for current students in the major and prospective students. The HSPC Program advisor can assist students with the following: information on the program, schedule planning, restricted elective options, possible course substitution and override information, and transfer course equivalencies.
    • First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE): Academic advising for students during their freshman/first year.  www.fyae.sdes.ucf.edu
    • COHPA Undergraduate Student Services (COHPA USS): Assists students in the College of Health and Public Affairs with schedule planning and registration issues, transient requests, academic probation policy questions, admission to limited access majors, graduation, and re- admission.www.cohpa.ucf.edu
    • Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising (PHPL): Assists "pre-professional" students in any undergraduate major by offering advising for all health professions in career exploration, required courses for graduate schools, volunteer/shadowing opportunities, internships, admission testing, and application materials as well as seminars and related workshops. https://www.phpladvising.ucf.edu/

     

     

    Where can I get internship or shadowing opportunities?

    Internships are not a requirement for the program but are highly recommended to pursue certain graduate programs. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences Pre-Clinical program may apply for an internship course. This course will be for 3 credit hours and enrollment will be by application only and has guidelines and prerequisites that must be met. For more information about this internship please visit: /hp/pre-clinical-program/health-sciences-internship/. If you have any questions or issues please contact Toshiro Myles, Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Internship Coordinator at Toshiro.myles@ucf.edu or (407) 823-4096.

    Getting involved with a student organization can also open the door to several of these opportunities. See  Clubs & Organizations for a list of related student organizations. Students may also speak with the Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising office for other possible internship opportunities.

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Program Contacts

Suha Saleh, Ph.D., MT,
Program Director

HPA I - 268
E-mail: suha.saleh@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-6761

Advising Office
HPA I - 124
E-mail: pcinfo@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-0946

Jennifer Farran, MS
Coordinator, Academic Advising Services

Phone: 407-823-0946
HPA I - 124

Roblene Vallesteros, MS, MPA
Coordinator, Academic Advising Services

Phone: 407-823-0946
HPA I - 124

Alexandra Barraza-Oliphant
Program Assistant

Phone: 407-823-0946
HPA I - 124

Toshiro I. Myles, MA, MBA
Internship Coordinator

E-mail: toshiro.myles@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-4096
HPA I - 244



Our new student organization, the Health Awareness Prevention Society, focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle by increasing awareness of healthy living through education and prevention.
— Suha Saleh,  Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Director
It was great to see Jennifer [Plant] honored with the statewide Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. She is an exceptional teacher, a professional leader and an amazing colleague.
— Kristen Schellhase,  Interim Chair, Athletic Training Director
The event [for children with disabilities] was a huge success. We had about 30 children, and the students did a phenomenal job. I'm already receiving inquiries about next year's event.
— Jennifer Tucker,  Physical Therapy Instructor
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