Professional Health Fields


There are many professions to explore when considering a career in the health professions. The links below are not an exhaustive list of all health profession areas however they encompass specific areas to which UIC has pre-professional advising tracks.

Students desiring more information on the careers listed below and those not listed are encouraged to research Explore Health Careers.


Dentistry

Health Information Management

Medicine

Allopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine

Nursing

  • Pre-requisite course requirements
  • American Nursing Association
  • Some nursing programs throughout the United States use a Central Application Service (NursingCAS) and normally opens in mid summer for the following year.
  • Most schools in Illinois do not participate at this time.
  • List of Illinois Nursing Programs
  • In most cases students take pre-requisite courses then apply to nursing programs for a bachelors degree.
  • Students are responsible for sending letters (if required) to individual schools that do not participate in NursingCAS.
  • UIC Nursing requires two electronic letters (One from professor and the other from a work supervisor/volunteer coordinator, etc.)

Nutrition

Occupational Therapy

  • Pre-requisite course requirements
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Central Application Service (OTCAS) opens in mid-July 2014.
  • Students may submit up to three letters of reference thru the OTCAS system.
    • Student responsibility to list evaluators in application or have evaluator send letters to OTCAS.
    • Highly encouraged to have evaluator submit an electronic reference
    • Student designates evaluator in application, e-mail is sent to individual directing to a secure site to complete evaluation.
    • Paper letters are accepted; student must print the Reference Form (specific to each evaluator) and have evaluator mail to OTCAS.

Optometry

  • Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
  • Central Application Service (OptomCAS) opens in early July 2014.
  • Students must use the Electronic Letter Service provided through OptomCAS.
  • Student responsibility to list evaluators in application or have evaluator send letters to OptomCAS.
    • Highly encouraged to have evaluator submit an electronic reference
    • Student designates evaluator in application, e-mail is sent to individual directing to a secure site to complete evaluation.
    • Paper letters are accepted; student must print the Reference Form (specific to each evaluator) and have evaluator mail to OptomCAS.

Pharmacy

  • Pre-requisite course requirements
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Central Application Service (PharmCAS) opens in June 2014.
  • Most schools prefer letters (max 4) go to PharmCAS if they are required, a few schools letters will be sent directly to individual schools
    • Illinois Schools
    • All Illinois schools (in PharmCAS) letters are sent thru the application service
    • Chicago State "requires" a PH Advisor letter; you should replace this with a second professor letter, preferably science. They are aware UIC Pre-Health advising does not write letters for students.
  • Student responsibility to request evaluators send letters (4 max) to PharmCAS.
    • Highly encouraged to have evaluator submit an electronic reference
      • Student designates evaluator in application, e-mail is sent to individual directing to a secure site to complete evaluation.
  • Paper letters are accepted; student must print the Reference Form (specific to each evaluator) and have evaluator mail to PharmCAS.

Physical Therapy

Physician Assistant

Podiatry

Public Health

Veterinary Medicine