2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Sciences, Pre-Clinical Track (B.S.)


College of Health Professions and Sciences
Department of Health Sciences
Health Sciences II (HS2), 210

407-823-0946
hsinfo@ucf.edu

Department Chair, Professor: Dr. Gail Kauwell

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health who plan to pursue health-focused careers. The Pre-Clinical track provides 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 including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, and other health-related professions. 

Admission Requirements

  • Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to get accepted into the Pre- Clinical track.
  • Students selecting the Pre-Clinical track are classified as “pending” until the program verifies that they meet the GPA requirements for this track. Students who meet the requirements are changed to the Pre-Clinical track.
  • Courses listed below under the GEP and CPP categories usually are completed during the first 60 credit hours and may be taken at an institution within the Florida College System.
  • A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in each program prerequisite course, in each core requirement course, and in each restricted elective is required. Students should note that graduate programs may require a higher level of performance for admission.
  • No transfer course will be accepted with a grade lower than a “C” (2.0).
  • Students must achieve a minimum 3.0 overall GPA for graduation.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum overall 3.0 GPA graduation requirement will be automatically moved to the Health Sciences – Health Promotion track during their graduation term and will earn the Health Sciences – Health Promotion track B.S. if they have met all program requirements.

  • Students who do not meet the overall minimum 3.0 GPA graduation requirement and wish to delay graduation instead of being  moved to the Health Sciences-Health Promotion track, must formally petition the department no more than 7 days after grades are posted for the term. Final approval to delay graduation and remain in the Pre-Clinical track is at the discretion of the department.

General Education Program (GEP) (38 Credit Hours)


Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


General Education Program elective from & Historical Foundation, Area 1 to meet Gordon Rule Requirement Credit Hours: 3

General Education Program elective: Prefer a second course from Cultural & Historical Foundation, Area 1 Credit Hours: 3

Select One: ( 3 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)


Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (24 Credit Hours)


Select One:


Core Requirements: Basic Level (6 Credit Hours)


Restricted Electives (28 Credit Hours)


  • The Pre-Clinical track provides the foundation courses required for admission to graduate level clinical and non-clinical health programs including but not limited to medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, and other health-related professions.
  • Students are advised to check the program’s website for updated information and suggested electives for specific health professions graduate programs.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to check with graduate programs to meet prerequisites.
  • Some courses listed below may have additional prerequisite course requirements. Course selection should be in consultation with an advisor and may vary by student depending on career goals and objectives.
  • Students must meet restricted elective credit hour requirements and UCF’s 48 upper division credit hour requirements.
  • Courses completed and already used to satisfy General Education Program, Basic Level, Advanced Level requirements may not be used to meet the Restricted Elective requirement.

Capstone Requirements


  • None

Electives


  • Students who transfer in with an AA degree from a  Florida College System institution may need to take upper-level electives to reach the University requirement of 48 semester hours of upper division credit. Students are encouraged to choose restricted electives (see list) that pertain to their particular graduate program emphasis.

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.

Graduation

  • None

Additional Requirements


  • None

Required Minors


  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements


  • A minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in each program prerequisite course, in each core requirement course, and in each restricted elective is required (see GEP and CPP above). Students should note that graduate programs may require a higher level of performance for admission.
  • Students must take a minimum of 27 hours of upper-division Health Sciences courses from the UCF Health Sciences program to obtain the UCF degree in Health Sciences.
  • Student must achieve a minimum 3.0 overall GPA for graduation.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum overall 3.0 GPA graduation requirement will be automatically moved to the Health Sciences – Health Promotion track during their graduation term and will earn the Health Sciences – Health Promotion track B.S. if they have met all requirements for the program. 
  • Students who do not meet the overall minimum 3.0 GPA graduation requirement and wish to delay graduation instead of being  moved to the Health Sciences-Health Promotion track, must formally petition with the department no more than 7 days after grades post for the term. Final approval to delay graduation and remain in the Pre-Clinical track is at the discretion of the department.

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Semester Hours Required: 120


Additional Information


Honors In Major

  • Interested students should consult with a faculty advisor

Related Programs

Certificates

  • Health Communication
  • Spanish for Health Professionals

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Students should consult with a college advisor each semester.
  • Students should consult with the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising before submitting an application to a graduate program.

Transfer Notes

  • Completion of an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida College System institution is strongly recommended.
  • Students who begin a two-semester sequence course (e.g. General Chemistry, College Physics) at a Florida College System institution are strongly encouraged to complete the sequence before transferring. If it will not be possible to complete the sequence before transferring, the student should postpone beginning the course until enrolling at UCF.
  • Students who take Anatomy and Physiology at a Florida College System institution may be required to complete additional upper division credits in order to meet the University graduation requirement of 48 credit hours of upper division (3000-4000) level credits.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study


Freshman Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Fall (14 Credit Hours)


  • Cultural & Historical Foundation, Area 1 Elective Credit Hours: 3

Sophomore Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Cultural & Historical Foundation, Area 3 (Prefer course from Cultural & Historical Foundation, Area 1) Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


Senior Year - Fall (12 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3