College of
Arts and Sciences

Pre-professional Advising Programs

Pre-professional advising in the College of Arts and Sciences provides students with the support and guidance they need to enhance their preparation for careers in a variety of law and health care fields. 

Pre-health Advising

Pre-health advising in the College of Arts and Sciences is designed to provide undergraduate students guidance to enhance their preparation for a health care career. To successfully prepare for a health care program, students will need to continually assess their academic readiness, motivation and skills.

Getting involved in health care early through volunteering, shadowing or community service is essential to exploring what your chosen profession is really about and if it is the right fit for you. It is recommended that students meet with their pre-health advisor each semester.

What can students expect from their pre-health advisor?

  • Support as students explore their interests and goals
  • Information and resources on how to prepare for admission to professional and graduate programs

What is expected of pre-health students?

  • To take an active role in academic planning, including researching the admissions criteria for the professional programs in which they are interested
  • To work with departmental advisors in conjunction with pre-health advisors

The most common pre-health advising tracks at UMKC

  • Premedical
  • Pre-dental hygiene
  • Prepharmacy
  • Predental
  • Pre-physical therapy

Other pre-health advising tracks

  • Pre-clinical perfusion
  • Pre-diagnostic medical ultrasound
  • Pre-occupational therapy
  • Pre-anestheisiologist assistant
  • Pre-respiratory therapy
  • Pre-dietetics
  • Pre-nuclear medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-physician assistant
  • Pre-veterinary

Students interested in other pre-health tracks are expected to research specific programs and prerequisite courses. Pre-health advisors can assist students in scheduling the required courses.

Questions about pre-health and general advising for CAS students in any of these programs, please email Cynthia Eick McDonald, coordinator for pre-health programs, or call 816-235-6098.

Advising for biology and chemistry students is offered through the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.

Prepharmacy advising is coordinated through the Student Affairs Office in the School of Pharmacy.

A six-year combined B.A./M.D. program is offered through the UMKC School of Medicine.

Pre-law Advising

There are as many reasons to pursue law as a career as there are types of law. Any major in the College of Arts and Sciences can prepare a student for application to the study of law. However, superior writing skills, excellent oral communication, logical reasoning and critical thinking skills are necessary for all those applying to law school.

UMKC Pre-law advising offers individual, academic advising and information concerning the best possible path for each student, from the first semester of undergraduate courses and selection of a major to taking the LSAT and applying to law school.

Meeting with a pre-law advisor every semester will ensure that you will stay on track towards your academic and career goals. UMKC also offers a unique accelerated curricular option, the 90+ program. Your advisor can review and discuss this and other opportunities with you.

For questions about prelaw, email Nick Chappell or call 816-235-5874.