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The Pre-Health Professions Certificate provides majors outside of the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) access to the courses required to complete health professions prerequisites.

The certificate requires completing 18 hours of approved coursework based on your pre-health pathway. All coursework must be completed with a C- or better and at least 9 hours of the coursework must be completed in residence at UT Austin. Credit by exam hours can be applied toward the certificate if the credit is for a specific course listed as a course option for the certificate.

Students are required to apply for admission into the certificate after completing the pre-qualifying courses which is detailed below. This coursework does not count toward your 18 hours of required certificate coursework.

Students may also apply for the certificate within one year after they graduate. A maximum of 9 hours may be taken after earning an undergraduate degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Students: You may apply to the Pre-Health Professions Certificate by following the admissions procedures and certificate requirements outlined on the 2014-2016 catalog tab. Be mindful that  students who have already earned an Undergraduate degree either from another institution or more than 1 year ago from UT Austin, are NOT eligible to earn the Pre-Health Professions Certificate.

Note: If you are pursuing a degree from an earlier catalog than 2014 – 2016, please follow the requirements in the 2014-2016 catalog. If you are unsure of what catalog you are under, please refer to our FAQ's.


2018-2020 / 2020-2022 Catalogs

An application for admission is required in order to pursue the Pre-Health Professions certificate.


After the 8th class day, credentials will become official in the next semester.  


Students are eligible to apply for admission once they have completed the following pre-qualifying courses:

  • CH 301 or CH 302
  • One from: SDS 302/SDS 302F, SDS 328E/SDS 328M, SDS 320E, M 408C, M 408K, M 408N, M408Q or M 408R (EDP 371 & PSY 317L are acceptable course substitutions for the mathematics requirement.)

A grade of B- or higher must be achieved in the pre-qualifying coursework OR the student must have earned and claimed AP or IB credit for the specific courses listed above.

Once admitted, the Certificate can be completed by finishing 18 hours of coursework from the student's specific pre-health pathway as indicated below. The 18 hours may be composed of introductory coursework, or a combination of introductory and advanced coursework.





Please contact our email address with any questions:  hpcert@austin.utexas.edu.

Students: Always include your UT EID in your messages. 


To review requirements and track your progress, download the complete certificate checklist for non-science majors.

When you complete the credential requirements:

Please note: Transcription can take up to six weeks after the semester ends to process.  

If it is determined you have met the requirements your certificate will be transcripted and you will be able to see it on your official transcript within a couple of months of graduation.