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Quick Facts

  • 100% - (ATHLETIC TRAINING) First-time pass rate on the certification exam by 2016 graduates
  • 2nd - (HEALTH SCIENCES) 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 Information

    What is Health Sciences?

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study or career advancement. This degree is designed to provide students with a solid educational background in basic and health-related sciences, while providing the foundation courses required for admission to graduate level clinical programs in health professions including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy. Students in this major who choose the Health Sciences track are required to have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better upon graduation. Students who select the Pre-Clinical track must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to stay in this track.

    Where can I get more information about the program?

    There is a plethora of information throughout our website. We encourage you to review each section of the Health Sciences website, the main UCF website, and the Undergraduate Catalog. For updates regarding available courses, upcoming events, news and more information about the major follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Who can I talk to for more information?

    Appointments with the academic advisors can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising office by calling 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Academic Advising page of our website.

    Are there internship opportunities within the program?

    The Health Sciences Program offers an internship course for a restricted elective credit. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences program (Pre-Clinical track only) may apply for an internship course. This course is 3 credit hours and enrollment is by application only and has guidelines and prerequisites that must be met. For more information about this internship, please visit the Health Sciences Internship page of our website. If you have any questions or issues please contact Toshiro Myles, Health Sciences Internship Coordinator at Toshiro.myles@ucf.edu or (407) 823-4096.

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

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study or career advancement. This degree is designed to provide students with a solid educational background in basic and health-related sciences, while providing the foundation courses required for admission to graduate level clinical programs in health professions including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy. The flexibility of this program allows students to prepare for multiple careers in health sciences.

    Where can I find more information on different graduate/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 prerequisites, can be found under the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website. 

    How long is the Health Sciences program?

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is a 4-year program composed of at least 120 credit hours. Students who transfer with an A.A. degree from a Florida public state college or university complete the program at an average of 2 to 3 years.

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

    Appointments with an academic advisor can be scheduled through the Health Sciences Academic Advising office at 407-823-0946. Additional advising information can be found under the Academic Advising page of our website. 

    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 Health Sciences 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. 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 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.

    Is the Health Sciences program only offered at the main campus in Orlando or are some classes offered at any of the regional campuses?

    At this time, the Health Sciences 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 currently does not offer a program in Occupational Therapy or Physician Assistant. Please visit the Career and Post-Graduate Planning page of our website 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 of our website to see where these graduate programs, and others, are offered.

    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 Undergraduate Student Services website for information on how to submit a transient form.

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  • Admission and Application Information

    How do I apply to the program?

    Students must apply online via UCF Admissions for admission to the University as an undergraduate student. Through this application the major in Health Sciences is declared. Once admittance to the University is granted, no additional application for the program is required for the Health Sciences track. If students wish to pursue the Pre-Clinical track a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required. For assistance with selecting a track you must see a Health Sciences academic advisor.

    Applicants should review the Undergraduate Admissions page as well as the current Undergraduate Catalog for information on the University entrance requirements as well as instructions on the online application process. Please refer all and any questions on admissions to Undergraduate Admissions: 407-823-3000.

    Are there any prerequisites for the program?

    The program does not have any prerequisites that need to be completed prior to the start of the program. However, there are two tracks options for students: the Health Sciences Track and the Pre-Clinical Track.

    The Health Sciences Track is an open access track. That means there are no prerequisites to declare this track. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.5 or above for graduation.

    The Pre-Clinical Track is a restricted access track. That means students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above to declare this track. To declare this track, you need to select that track from student self-service, and this will place you on a pending status until we review your GPA. If you meet the requirements, you will be admitted to the Pre-Clinical Track. No additional application is required for the Pre-Clinical Track.

    For assistance with selecting a track you must see a Health Sciences academic advisor by calling 407-823-0946.

    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 a Health Sciences academic advisor (course syllabi 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 Health Sciences program at UCF complete an A.A. degree from a Florida public state college or university. 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.

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

    You can visit 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

    How do I select a track?

    The Health Sciences major has two tracks: Health Sciences Track or Pre-Clinical Track. The Health Sciences track is open access and any student may declare via myUCF Student Self Service.  Students in the Health Sciences track must achieve at least 2.5 overall GPA for graduation. The Pre-Clinical track requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to declare the track and to remain on the track. Students will initially be accepted into a pending status until their GPA is reviewed. No additional application is required for the Pre-Clinical track. Students who fail to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 cannot remain in the Pre-Clinical track and must change to the Health Sciences track.

    What happens if I am on the Pre-Clinical track and my overall GPA drops below a 3.0?

    Failure to maintain the required overall GPA (3.0) in the Pre-Clinical track will result in the student being placed on Lack of Progress in the major. If a student on Lack of Progress fails to achieve the minimum required overall GPA of 3.0 in the subsequent term of enrollment, the student will be dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track and must change to the Health Sciences track.

    A student who is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track will not be not be able to reapply for the Pre-Clinical track. If a student is dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track, the restricted electives taken while declared as Pre-Clinical track student will apply towards the Health Sciences track (this will occur one time only). Once a student is declared in the Health Sciences track they are only permitted to select restricted electives exclusively for the Health Sciences track.

    All students who are dismissed from the Pre-Clinical track and move to the Health Sciences track are required to meet with a Health Sciences Academic Advisor (HPA 1 Room 124).

    What restricted electives should I take?

    Restricted electives should be selected based on graduate and/or career goals. Restricted electives are determined based on tracks (Health Sciences or Pre-Clinical) and may not be interchanged. Students must select restricted electives that appear on the catalog and/or myKnights for their declared track only.

    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 a Health Sciences academic advisor for equivalency. A course syllabi 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 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 course/s at another institution while I am still taking courses at UCF?

    Health Sciences 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 university approval to the student that the course they want to take from a community or state college is considered equivalent to a UCF course(s). The COHPA Undergraduate Student Services (USS) office facilitates the verification process of transient forms. We recommend seeking prior approval before completing the online transient form from either the Health Sciences academic advisor or Undergraduate Student Services.  Please refer to the information from Undergraduate Student Services on how to submit a transient form.

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

    You can review the course, prior to taking it, with a Health Sciences academic advisor to verify the equivalency of the course and if it would transfer into the major.

    When and where can I see the Health Sciences academic advisor?

    The Health Sciences academic advisors are available by appointment only except Thursday afternoon. To schedule an appointment, contact the Health Sciences Academic Advising office at 407-823-0946. Walk-in hours are on Thursdays from 1:30pm - 4:30pm and are for quick questions only. A current printed myKnight audit is required with every visit.

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

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

    • Health Sciences Academic Advising: Provides academic advising for current students in the major and prospective students. The Health Sciences academic advisors can assist students with information on the program, schedule planning, selecting a track, restricted elective options, possible course substitutions, override information and transfer course equivalencies.
    • First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE): Academic advising for students during their freshman/first year. 
    • COHPA Undergraduate Student Services (COHPA USS): Assists students in the College of Health and Public Affairs with registration issues, transient requests, academic probation policy questions, admission to limited access majors, graduation, and re-admission.
    • 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.
    Where can I get internship or shadowing opportunities?

    The Health Sciences Program offers an internship course for restricted elective credit. Juniors and/or seniors in the Health Sciences program (Pre-Clinical track only) 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 the Health Sciences Internship page of our website. If you have any questions or issues please contact Toshiro Myles, Health Sciences 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 are also highly encouraged to speak with the Pre-Health and Pre- Law Advising office.

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Program Contacts

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

E-mail: suha.saleh@ucf.edu


Advising Office
HPA I - 124
E-mail: hsinfo@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 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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