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Allied Health Sciences Major Admissions

Note: The information on this page is intended for students who intend to apply for admission into the Allied Health Sciences major. If you've already declared an AHS major, please contact your assigned advisor to discuss any questions or concerns you have. You can also consult our major requirements page for general course planning information.

Please select from the following options for admissions information specific to your situation:

How will pass/fail courses be handled following the 2020 COVID-19 crisis?

Due to the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in spring 2020, the University has issued guidance regarding students' options to convert courses to pass/fail grading. Accordingly, the Department of Allied Health Sciences has also issued guidance specific to competitive major admissions for fall 2020 and spring 2021. Please review the full memo for details and speak with an academic advisor if you have questions about how your decisions in the current semester may impact your future application for admission to the Allied Health major or to graduate/professional programs.

I’m an incoming freshman.

If you're entering UConn as a freshman, you may be admitted directly as an Allied Health Sciences major if you meet UConn's admission requirements and are accepted through the University admissions process.

How it works:

  • You'll be assigned an academic advisor within the Department and will work with your advisor to plan your course schedule.
  • After you're admitted, you can remain in AHS under the Standard Plan or apply to one of four concentration areas.
  • You can also plan to apply to Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, or Medical Laboratory Sciences for your junior and senior years through the supplemental admissions process for our professional programs.

Remember that admission to a particular concentration or one of the professional programs is not automatic. Please refer to specific program/concentration information for requirements and discuss with your academic advisor.

I’m transferring to UConn from another college/university.

If you're transferring to UConn from another institution, you may be admitted directly as an Allied Health Sciences major if you meet UConn's transfer admissions requirements and are accepted through the University admissions process.

How it works:

  • You'll be assigned an academic advisor within the Department and will work with your advisor to plan your course schedule.
  • After you're admitted, you can remain in AHS under the Standard Plan or apply to one of four concentration areas.*
  • You can also plan to apply to Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, or Medical Laboratory Sciences for your junior and senior years through the supplemental admissions process for our professional programs.*

*Admission to a particular concentration or one of the professional programs is not automatic. Please refer to specific program/concentration information for requirements and discuss with your academic advisor.

Note: Once admitted to the major, you may require additional semesters to complete the program depending on how your completed coursework fulfills program requirements and/or the availability of courses at the time of admission.

 

I’m interested in declaring an Allied Health Sciences major in preparation for applying to Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, or Medical Laboratory Sciences.

In addition to the Allied Health Sciences major, the Department of Allied Health Sciences offers undergraduate professional program majors in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, Dietetics, and Medical Laboratory Sciences. If you're interested in applying to these programs, you will do so in February of your sophomore year to begin in the fall of your junior year. Each program has its own admissions criteria and major requirements and requires a competitive supplemental application process. Please review information on your specific program of interest and discuss any questions with your advisor and/or the appropriate program director. If you are an incoming student, we recommend that you declare an Allied Health Sciences major so that you can be assigned to one of our academic advisors who will help you prepare to apply into one of the professional programs at the appropriate time.

As an incoming freshman or transfer student, am I required to attend an orientation session?

Yes! All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to attend an orientation program which include both general university sessions and CAHNR/AHS Major-specific sessions.

I’m seeking to be re-admitted to UConn as an AHS major.

If you're seeking re-admission to UConn, you must meet the University's re-admission requirements and be approved by the Dean of Students Office. You'll be evaluated according to the requirements for continuing students (see below), and re-admission to the AHS major is not guaranteed. If you don't meet AHS major requirements at the time of your re-admission, you can be re-admitted to UConn under another major at the discretion of the Dean of Students Office and then apply to the AHS major following the same process as a continuing student.

Following successful re-admission, you'll be assigned an academic advisor within the Department and will work with your advisor to plan your course schedule.  If you are admitted under the Standard Plan, you'll have the option to declare a concentration. You can also plan to apply to Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, or Medical Laboratory Sciences for your junior and senior years through the supplemental admissions process for our professional programs. Admission to a particular concentration or one of the professional programs is not automatic. Please refer to specific program/concentration information for requirements and discuss with your academic advisor.

Note: Once admitted to the major, you may require additional semesters to complete the program depending on how your completed coursework fulfills program requirements and/or the availability of courses at the time of admission.

Admission Criteria

Note: All requirements must be complete at the time of application.

General Admission Notes:

  • AH 1100 is recommended as preparation for admission but must be completed within one year following your admission to the AHS major
  • Students admitted as AHS majors typically have both a cumulative and Science/Math GPA of 2.8 or higher. Competitive applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. For spring 2018, average GPAs of admitted students were:
    • Cumulative: 3.43
    • Science/Math: 3.38
  • Advanced coursework completed (e.g. science courses 2000-level or above) will be reviewed as part of the application evaluation process, but will not be factored into your math/science GPA.
  • Courses with grades lower than a "C" may be cause for denial of your application.
  • Depending on when you are admitted into the major, you may require additional semesters to complete requirements depending on 1) how your coursework meets program requirements and 2) course availability at the time of registration.

Admissions Requirements:

  • You must be in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher (i.e. not on academic probation or eligible for dismissal)
  • Prerequisite Math & Science courses (no grades less than a C, no substitutions):
    • CHEM 1122, CHEM 1124Q or CHEM 1127Q
    • BIOL 1107 (preferred) or BIOL 1108
    • MATH 1060Q or higher - OR - STAT 1000Q or STAT 1100Q (math requirement varies with concentration so please check before completing)
  • Specific requirements for the Concentration in Healthcare Administration (in addition to those listed above):
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • ECON 1201 or ECON 1202
    • MATH 1070Q, MATH 1071Q, or MATH 1131Q

All application materials become the confidential property of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and cannot be forwarded to others or returned to you after submission. Please keep copies of application materials for your own records as needed/where possible.

I’m a continuing UConn student and would like to declare an Allied Health Sciences major.

If you're a current UConn student (at any campus) who was not admitted to the University as an Allied Health Sciences major, you may apply through the competitive admissions process described below. Note that enrollment is limited. You will have the option of applying under the Standard Plan or applying to one our four concentration areas. Applications are due by the 10th day of each semester. Please review the admissions criteria and required application materials. Have questions? Contact us!

Once admitted, you'll be assigned an academic advisor within the Department and will work with your advisor to plan your course schedule.  If you are admitted under the Standard Plan, you'll have the option to declare a concentration. You can also plan to apply to Dietetics, Diagnostic Genetic Sciences, or Medical Laboratory Sciences for your junior and senior years through the supplemental admissions process for our professional programs. Admission to a particular concentration or one of the professional programs is not automatic. Please refer to specific program/concentration information for requirements and discuss with your academic advisor. If you are admitted to the major as a junior or senior, you may require additional semesters to complete the program depending on how your completed coursework fulfills program requirements and/or the availability of courses at the time of admission.

Note: The AHS major application procedure does not follow the general CAHNR petition procedure. You are only required to submit your application materials as outlined below. Following review by the Admissions Committee, the Department will forward eligible applications to the Dean's Office for final review and approval signatures.

Admission Criteria

Note: All requirements must be complete at the time of application.

General Admission Notes:

  • AH 1100 is recommended as preparation for admission but must be completed within one year following your admission to the AHS major
  • Students admitted as AHS majors typically have both a cumulative and Science/Math GPA of 2.8 or higher. Competitive applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. For spring 2018, average GPAs of admitted students were:
    • Cumulative: 3.43
    • Science/Math: 3.38
  • Advanced coursework completed (e.g. science courses 2000-level or above) will be reviewed as part of the application evaluation process, but will not be factored into your math/science GPA.
  • Courses with grades lower than a "C" may be cause for denial of your application.
  • Depending on when you are admitted into the major, you may require additional semesters to complete requirements depending on 1) how your coursework meets program requirements and 2) course availability at the time of registration.

Admissions Requirements:

  • You must be in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher (i.e. not on academic probation or eligible for dismissal)
  • Prerequisite Math & Science courses (no grades less than a C, no substitutions):
    • CHEM 1122, CHEM 1124Q or CHEM 1127Q
    • BIOL 1107 (preferred) or BIOL 1108
    • MATH 1060Q or higher - OR - STAT 1000Q or STAT 1100Q (math requirement varies with concentration so please check before completing)
  • Specific requirements for the Concentration in Healthcare Administration (in addition to those listed above):
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • ECON 1201 or ECON 1202
    • MATH 1070Q, MATH 1071Q, or MATH 1131Q

Application Instructions

Deadline: 10th day of classes each semester - ***Note: As the student, it is your responsibility to ensure that application materials are received by the posted deadlines. Late admission consideration will not be made for lost or missing application without proof of submission.***

Submission: Submit your application online. See below for specific instructions.

To submit online - Complete our new online application including all required components (listed below):

  1. Unofficial UConn transcript from PeopleSoft (PDF upload)
  2. Completed School, Major, and/or Advisor Change Form as appropriate (PDF upload). Note: You only need to complete the Student Section of this form; you do not need to obtain signatures from Dean/Department Head/others.
  3. Personal Statement (typed/pasted directly into the application) - 500-word (maximum) statement including your career goals and why you feel the Allied Health Sciences major is a fit as well as a description of any healthcare experience you possess (volunteer, observations, job shadowing, work experience, etc.) and any related certifications you hold (e.g. CNA, EMT). Note that you are not required to have prior experience or healthcare certifications to apply. (Personal Statement Helpful Hints)
  4. Double Major/Additional Degree form if applicable (PDF upload)
  5. Request official transcript(s) from any non-UConn institution(s) from which you have transferred Biology, Chemistry, Math, or Statistics coursework. Official transcripts may be sent by e-mail to alliedhealthadmissions@uconn.edu or mailed to the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

    All application materials become the confidential property of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and cannot be forwarded to others or returned to you after submission. Please keep copies of application materials for your own records as needed/where possible.

    I’m an AHS major and would like to declare a concentration.

    If you're a current AHS major and would like to apply for admission to an optional concentration in Health Sciences, Healthcare Administration, Public Health and Health Promotion, or Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety, you must first meet the following criteria:

    • Good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher (i.e. not on probation or eligible for dismissal)
    • Career goals consistent with the the goals of the concentration
    • Prerequisite Math & Science courses (no grades lower than a C, no substitutions):
      • CHEM 1122, CHEM 1124Q, or CHEM 1127Q
      • BIOL 1107 (preferred) or BIOL 1108
      • MATH 1060Q or higher - OR - STAT 1000Q (math requirement varies with concentration so please check before completing)
    • Specific Requirements for the Concentration in Healthcare Administration (in addition to those listed above):
      • Minimum 3.0 GPA
      • ECON 1201 or ECON 1202
      • MATH 1070Q, MATH 1071Q, or MATH 1131Q

    Important Note about Major Requirements

    Course requirements vary by concentration. Adding, removing, or changing a concentration will impact meeting the major requirements. For example, not all AH-coded courses can be used to satisfy all plans. Students bear the responsibility to ensure courses taken to meet the major requirements are consistent with courses listed on the approved list for the declared plan. Students are advised to take this into consideration when considering a concentration change. Students are advised to meet with their academic advisor in a timely manner (i.e., by junior year) to determine appropriateness of making concentration changes and how doing so may impact major course completion and requirements for graduation. Do not assume substitutions can or will be made.

    Application Instructions

    Deadline: rolling

    Submission: Please submit your petition materials by email to alliedhealthadmissions@uconn.edu.

    Required Application Materials

    1. Completed School, Major, and/or Advisor Change Form as appropriate.
    2. UConn Transcript - unofficial (printed to PDF from PeopleSoft)

    I’m a prospective international student.

    If you're an international student interested in majoring in Allied Health Sciences, you'll follow UConn's international admissions procedures and work with International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) to coordinate your admission and any necessary visas. Once admitted to the University, you'll follow the same procedures for declaring or changing your major as domestic students.

    Questions?

    If you have specific questions that aren't addressed here:

    • Current Allied Health Sciences majors: Please reach out to your advisor
    • Prospective students: Please attend an Info Session before requesting an advising appointment. All advisors will expect current UConn students to have attended an info session and have a basic understanding of the Allied Health Sciences major prior to their appointment. This will make your advising appointment much more productive and focused. When you've completed these steps, please request an advising appointment for assistance. Note: During peak advising periods, our advisors may not be available to meet with prospective students as they will be focused on serving the needs of current students.

    Allied Health Sciences Major Options

    At the time of admission, AHS majors can choose our most flexible Standard Plan or select one of four optional areas of concentration. Click your desired concentration below for a quick description of each plan. Please consult major requirements and sample course sequences for additional information about specific requirements for concentrations.

    stethoscope, calculator, healthcare reports - Concentration in Healthcare Administration