Frequently Asked Questions
Medical schools do not generally prefer one major over another. Instead, students at the University of Idaho are encouraged to select a major in a field in which they have a strong interest and aptitude, and then simultaneously work on satisfying their degree requirements and the prerequisites coursework for their health professional programs of choice.
Regardless of your major, you will need to take classes that fulfill prerequisites for your top choice health professional programs. We have complied lists of suggested UI coursework for many of the different health fields. These lists can serve as a general guide; however, requirements can vary greatly between programs, and it is highly recommended that students carefully research their top choice schools.
GPA requirements vary from school to school. However, the majority of students accepted to health professional schools have a GPA of approximately 3.5 or higher (typically 3.65 or higher for med schools). It is really important for students considering professional school to be realistic about whether their performance meets admissions expectations; keep in mind that grades are suggestive of your abilities to handle a health professions school’s curriculum. In particular, students must do very well in their science coursework.
It is also important to remember that health profession schools are looking at your entire applicationand not just your grades and test scores. There is no GPA that will guarantee being accepted or rejected by a program; however, if your GPA is less than 3.3, you may want to consider delaying your application for a year in order to improve your academic preparation. In some cases, this may entail enrolling in postbac coursework or a special master’s program.