Loyola University Chicago

Pre-Health Professions

Career Services

Academic Planning

When planning ahead for a career in a healthcare profession, it is important to start your research as early as possible. Anything from classes taken to experiential hours are reviewed by professional schools and it is important to always know what to expect ahead of time. We strongly recommend meeting regularly with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester, but other popular areas of interest for planning applicants are found below!


AP Credit 

Many students come to Loyola with AP and similar credits.  Find out more about how to take these into account in course planning with our AP information video.  


Course Planning 

Students should review their specific major requirements with their assigned FSYA or major advisor. For classes related to your professional school program, our office can help you articulate and plan the prerequisite courses you will need.

For recommended timelines for the prerequisite courses, please view this page to find your intended career path.  


Admissions Tests 

It is important to build preparation for admissions tests into your academic planning and timeline.  We have included this information on each of the specific Health Professions requirements.  If you will be applying for medical school, you can find tips on planning for the MCAT.  



Pre-Health Advisors are available to answer any specific questions you want to discuss, such as understanding class pre-requisites and types of experiences to explore the profession and build a competitive medical school application.  Information on how to request a pre-health advising appointment is available here: https://www.luc.edu/prehealth/aboutus/meetwithanadvisor/ 

You are also encouraged to work with your other academic advisors to coordinate your plans.  


FSYA: While students are NOT assigned a specific Pre-Health advisor, they ARE assigned a First & Second Year advisor. Your FSYA will help with your course and major related questions for your first two years while at LUC. They offer both drop in and appointment level advising via their website: First and Second Year Advising: Loyola University Chicago (luc.edu) 


Arts & Sciences: Students have a decided major in the College of Arts and Sciences will be assigned a CAS major advisor for their third and four years at LUC. You can schedule an appointment with them via their website for questions regarding your major, classes, or degree progress. Academic Advising: College of Arts & Sciences: Loyola University Chicago (luc.edu)