Applying to the BHS Program
APPLICATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the minimum requirements I need to apply to the BHS program?
To apply to the BHS program, you must have (1) A minimum 3.0 overall GPA, (2) A minimum 3.0 prerequisite GPA, with a “C” or better in all prerequisite courses, (3) Completed at large majority of prerequisite courses before you apply. It is important to note that meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee you are accepted into the BHS program. Competitive applicants average a 3.4 – 3.7 overall GPA and a 3.6 or higher prerequisite GPA.
What are the prerequisite courses I need?
Prerequisite courses vary depend on the track you are applying to. Please click on the appropriate pdf file below to see the different prerequisites for the various BHS tracks. It is important to note that transfer applicants who have not completed all prerequisite courses at the time of their application, must send UF updated transcripts that once those prerequisite courses are complete and/or when their AA degree is earned.
What are the different tracks I can apply to within the BHS degree?
The BHS degree includes 3 tracks that are spread across two majors. Students seeking the Health Science major can choose between the general health science track (HES) or the pre-occupational therapy track (Pre-OT). In addition, students applying to the Communication Science and Disorders major are automatically included in the Communication Science and Disorders (CMS) track. While the Pre-OT and CMS tracks are tailored to students interested in Occupational Therapy and Communication Science/Audiology respectively, the HES track is the preferred track for students entering a career in medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, or dentistry. Students interested in a career in Health Administration, Nursing, or Public Health are encouraged to apply to the Bachelor of Public Health program rather than the Bachelor of Health Science.
What does “limited access” mean?
Limited access means that the program has a limited number of seats available to students. As a result, all students must apply to enter the BHS program in their junior year. While each applicant who has met the minimum requirements to apply will be reviewed on a case by case basis, the typical accepted student has a 3.5 overall and prerequisite GPA, has completed a large majority of their prerequisite courses, is involved on campus or in the community, has volunteered in a health professions setting, and clearly articulates why he or she is interested in the health professions as well as can candidly discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
What does it mean to be placed on the waitlist?
The BHS program uses the Waitlist designation for two purposes. First, being placed on the waitlist can mean that we are enthusiastic about you as an applicant but we need more information before a final decision can be made. Because the application is in early spring semester of the sophomore year, some applicants may be enrolled in or not yet taken some prerequisite courses when they submit their application. Therefore we wait until more information can be gathered before making a decision. Second, applicants may be placed on the waitlist when they are applicants of promise however we are limited in space. While students who are accepted to the BHS program rarely decline their offer, program spaces do occasionally open up for students on this type of waitlist.
What applications do I need complete to be considered for the BHS program?
Native UF students simply need to apply to the BHS application found on our website. The application typically opens mid-October and remains open through February 1, the application deadline. Students transferring to UF, whether from a state/community college or another University, must apply to both the University of Florida application and the BHS application.
If I have completed the 24,000-word writing requirement, am I still required to take ENC 3453 or ENC 2210?
Can I use AP credit to satisfy any of the prerequisite courses?
If you have AP credit for more than 1 major or track prerequisite course, an undergraduate advisor may substitute an alternative, existing course or courses to satisfy any remaining prerequisite requirements. For example, if you received AP credit for Psychology (PSY 2012 and STA 2023 – can I use those for my prerequisite courses? In the example above, you could count either PSY 2012 or STA 2023 but not both. However, an advisor can substitute a different psychology course (e.g., Cognitive Psychology) to satisfy the General Psychology prerequisite.
I earned AP/IB/DE credit for several pre-professional prerequisites (these are prerequisites you need for graduate school such as medical school, doctorate of physical therapy, or PA school) , will that credit remain or will I have to retake my math and/or science courses?
Students with prerequisite math and science courses completed are encouraged to retake these courses at UF. At minimum, retake the highest level of the course sequence that is available. However, the need to retake courses depends greatly on the professional program of interest. This can be discussed in more detail during your advising appointment(s).
When is the application deadline?
February 1st for both Summer B and Fall admissions.
What if I miss the application deadline?
If you miss the application deadline we will review late applications on a case-by-case basis but typically the class is filled by students meeting the application deadline.
What if I am not admitted to the Bachelor of Health Science program?
We strongly encourage you to have a back-up plan; if you are not admitted into the program you are required to select another major/program of study.
Can I apply to more than one program track?
No. Please indicate the track you are most interested in on your application. When we review your application we will contact you if we believe a different track is more appropriate. In addition, if we believe another track would meet your academic goals, we will automatically consider you for that track if the track in which you are most interested is full.
How long after the application deadline will I know whether I am accepted into the program?
Students are typically notified of admissions decisions within three months, with most decisions being released in mid to late April. However, there are a variety of factors that affect the timing of notifications. For example, it is common for us to hold a large number of applications until spring grades are available.
I have had a bad first semester. Do I have any chance of being admitted?
Although you are expected to meet the minimal GPA requirements, there are choices you can make to strengthen your application. If you did poorly in a course or courses that you normally are strong in, take a more advanced course or courses to show you can do the work. The admissions committee does take into account your pattern of performance over time.