If you are a prospective student, you may talk with one of our wonderful Continuing Education academic advisors to learn how to complete your pre-health prerequisites at CU Boulder. They will help you understand all of the enrollment options (non-degree-seeking, degree-seeking, and our Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program) and can help you understand the differences in cost, availability in financial aid, and access to courses among those options. To schedule a time to talk with one of our academic advisors in person or over the phone, you may use our online scheduling system or call 303-492-5148. Same-day and next-day appointments are usually available.

Individual pre-health advising appointments are available to enrolled non-degree students only. 

Enrolled students: Before you may schedule your first individual advising appointment with a pre-health advisor in Continuing Education as an enrolled student, you must first complete the following steps:

Step 1. Talk with an academic advisor in Continuing Education.

Talk with an academic advisor in Continuing Education to ensure that you are enrolled properly. Your academic advisor will also be your resource for any logistical questions about course registration. Our academic advisors are available to talk in person or over the phone, and usually have same-day or next-day appointments available. To schedule a time to talk with an academic advisor, you may use our online appointment scheduling system or may call our office for scheduling assistance at (303) 492-5148.

Step 2. Watch a detailed video that outlines how to become a strong applicant to professional school.

Prior to your first pre-health advising appointment in Continuing Education, all of our new advisees are required to watch a video that provides a detailed outline of how to become a strong applicant for your desired health profession. This policy applies to all new advisees. 

Topics covered in this video:

  • How to become academically competitive for your field of choice (even if your past grades were lower than ideal)
  • What types and how much clinical experience is expected of competitive applicants
  • How your work and extracurricular activities can make you a strong candidate for professional school
  • How to navigate the application process strategically

Pre-Dentistry

Note: You may skip the first five minutes of the video, as you will be accessing pre-health advising from Continuing Education, not Career Services. Also, you are not required to complete the quiz mentioned in the video.

Pre-Medicine

Note: You may skip the first five minutes of the video, as you will be accessing pre-health advising from Continuing Education, not Career Services. Also, you are not required to complete the quiz mentioned in the video.

Pre-Nursing

Pre-Optometry

Note: You may skip the first five minutes of the video, as you will be accessing pre-health advising from Continuing Education, not Career Services. Also, you are not required to complete the quiz mentioned in the video.

Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Pharmacy

Note: You may skip the first five minutes of the video, as you will be accessing pre-health advising from Continuing Education, not Career Services. Also, you are not required to complete the quiz mentioned in the video.

Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy

Pre-Veterinary

Note: You may skip the first five minutes of the video, as you will be accessing pre-health advising from Continuing Education, not Career Services. Also, you are not required to complete the quiz mentioned in the video.

Step 3. Send us a copy of your resume and your past college transcript(s)

To prepare for our first meeting with you, it is helpful for us to review your past college transcript(s) and activity history so that we can become familiar with your background. Please send copies of your transcript(s) and resume to CEprehealth@colorado.edu in advance of your first pre-health advising appointment.

  • Unofficial copies (or even just photos!) of your past transcript(s) are perfectly fine.
  • Don't have a recent resume on hand? No worries! In this case, it would be helpful if you can send us a brief list of your past volunteer/work experiences since graduating from high school in the following categories (and it's helpful if you can provide rough start and end dates as well as average hours/week):
    • Clinical experience (shadowing clinicians, volunteering or working in a hospital or clinic)
    • Research experience (if applicable)
    • Interpersonal Service experience (any jobs or volunteer roles in which your role was to directly interact with and help other people, such as working as a restaurant server, dorm RA, coach, teacher/teaching assistant, camp counselor, wilderness trip leader, manager, sales representative, etc.)

(We can still meet if you do not provide your transcripts and resume in advance, but submitting them allows us to give you more personalized advice at your first pre-health advising session.)

Step 4. Schedule your first individual pre-health advising appointment.

After you have talked with a Continuing Education academic advisor, watched the required video, and submitted your transcripts and resume, you may schedule your first 60-minute individual pre-health advising appointment in Continuing Education by calling our office at (303) 492-5148. Please let the scheduler know that you are enrolled as a non-degree student, have completed all of the steps listed on the "Get Started" page of the CE Pre-Health Advising website, and are ready to set up your first-ever CE pre-health advising appointment.

Step 5. Sign up for upcoming pre-health events.

Refer to our Upcoming Events page to learn about the group workshops and special events available year-round to Continuing Education pre-health students at CU Boulder.