A number of professional schools at UNC offer undergraduate majors which require a secondary admissions process. Interested students should complete prerequisite coursework and most or all (depending on the major) general education requirements during their first four semesters. Below is a list of UNC’s Professional Schools, application-based majors, and corresponding resources related to application and admissions, open houses, and general resources. Please note that these resources are intended for current UNC students for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Planning For Professional School Admission

If you are planning to apply to a professional school, it is important to have at least one alternate major in mind that does not require admission. An appointment with an academic advisor is a good place to start to identify majors that might align well with your interests and personal/professional goals.

Remember some of the professional schools have multiple possible enrollment dates. Many of the professional schools also offer graduate degrees, so if your goal of entering the professional school as an undergraduate is not possible, you can consider applying for a graduate-level program.

When planning to apply for a professional school major, be sure you understand what prerequisites are required and when (and in what order) they should be taken, since many are sequenced.

Advising For Professional School Students

Once admitted to a professional school, students will be assigned an advisor within the professional school and will need to see that person for all advising needs, including dropping and adding courses, changing or adding a major and/or minor, and other administrative matters.

If a professional school student wishes to add a minor or second major that is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, they must start the process with their professional school. The student can then receive academic advising for their second major or minor from our office (the Academic Advising Program). Ultimately, the professional school will clear the student for graduation.

Application Preparation

Personal Statement
References and Letters of Recommendation

Professional Schools

Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Application and admissions
    • Admission is based on prerequisite courses, grades, a written application, interviews, and letters of recommendation.
    • Cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher
    • Application deadline: second Tuesday in January
    • Application Instructions: The application will be available in October. Students should log in to the ConnectCarolina Student Center. In the “other academic” drop-down menu, select “Apply for Change of Major”. Once students complete and submit this request, they will receive an email with instructions for completing the actual application. Download the CLS Supplemental Form to upload with your application.
    • Will allow study beyond the eighth semester (please note the University’s tuition surcharge policy)
  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • Recommendations:
    • Students are encouraged to begin the application process early in the fall preceding the year of enrollment; applications are available in October.
    • CHEM 261 and BIOL 252/L are recommended for students who have time, but they are not admission requirements
Dental Hygiene
  • Application and admissions
  • Application window: October – February 15
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Open Houses – all open houses are held in 475 Brauer Hall, for more information: call 919-537-3474 or email: dentalhygeine@dentistry.unc.edu
    • September 22, 2017 @1PM
    • October 27, 2017 @1PM
    • November 17, 2017 @1PM
    • December 15, 2017 @12PM
  • Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
  • UNC Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching (UNC-BEST)
  • Human Development and Family Studies Major
Information and Library Science
Media and Journalism
  • Admission:
    • Current UNC students do not formally apply to Media and Journalism majors, with the exception of Business Journalism, which does have an application. For all other concentrations, students will automatically be promoted into the Media & Journalism School  if they have a 3.1 GPA, achieve 45 credit hours, and are pre-declared Media & Journalism
  • Application and admissions
    • The admissions committee critically evaluates an applicant’s academic performance, descriptive essays, community service history, and special skills that could affect care delivery or contribute overall to the nursing profession
    • 8 minimum cumulative GPA
    • First degree applicants must complete ALL General Education requirements prior to starting the program in May
    • Will allow study beyond the eighth semester (please note the University’s tuition surcharge policy)
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Information Sessions
    • All sessions are held in Fox Auditorium in Carrington Hall. Parking is available in nearby surface lots (for example, behind the School of Pharmacy) as well as in the Dogwood Parking Deck (UNC Hospitals Visitor Parking) and the Bell Tower Parking Deck (after 5 pm).
      • Thursday, November 30, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Public Health
        • October 4, 2017 5-6:30PM, 123 Rosenau Hall
        • October 26, 2017, 5:30-7PM, Rosenau Hall
        • November 3, 2017, 10-11:30AM, Rosenau Hall
Radiologic Science
  • Application and admissions
    • Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or higher
    • Students should contact the Division of Radiologic Science in the fall semester preceding anticipated enrollment to receive admissions information.
    • The Division of Radiologic Science uses three admissions review cycles to admit approximately twenty (20) students to the Medical Imaging curriculum. Eligible students who are not selected during the first admissions review period will be reviewed automatically for admission during subsequent admissions review periods.
    • Will allow study beyond the eighth semester (please note the University’s tuition surcharge policy)
  • Prerequisite coursework 
  • Recommendations
    • Students are recommended to take CHEM 102 and CHEM 102 Lab or BIOC 108 – depends on which initial course students took as a prerequisite requirement. Students also recommended to take STOR 151 or 155.
  • Application and admissions
  • Important Dates:
    • July, 2017: PharmCAS and Supplemental Applications open
    • December 1, 2017: Deadline for submission of PharmCAS
    • January 15, 2018: Deadline for submission of supplemental application ( You must submit PharmCAS application before starting supplemental application)
    • November 2017–February, 2018: Interviews scheduled and admission decisions made
    • April 1, 2018: All admission decisions complete
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Events for prospective students
    • Pharmacy Fridays, September 22 and October 27, 2017 (2-3:30pm) in Bear/Kerr Halls
    • Asheville Campus Open House, September 16, 2017 (10am-12:30pm)
    • Chapel Hill Campus Open House, October 9, 2017 (5:30-7 pm)

Other Application-Based Majors

Athletic Training

PLEASE NOTE: The Athletic Training Program will not be accepting applications after Fall 2017.  UNC will no longer offer an undergraduate level program.

  • Requirements for Admission: Students apply during the fall semester of their sophomore year for entrance during the spring semester
    • Prerequisites for application are: 1) A minimum GPA of 2.75.  2) A minimum of 50 observational hours in Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center.  3) EXSS 175 (Human Anatomy); and EXSS 288 (Emergency Care of Injury and Illness) with a minimum grade of B.  NOTE: In order to be assigned observational hours prior to applying students must have a minimum GPA of a 2.0.
  • Application window: October 1 – October 15
  • Observer Hours: Observer hours are scheduled by contacting Doug Halverson (halverso@email.unc.edu) or Nina Walker (walker@email.unc.edu). You can email one of the two contact people with your semester schedule to be added to the listserv to receive further information
Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering
    • Students may declare the Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering (BMHE) major as early as their first year. However, students who wish to continue in this major must apply for admission to the program. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the program. Students who are not accepted to the program must select a different major. Please note that students who enrolled at UNC prior to fall 2016 do not have to go through this admissions process.
  • Students are encouraged to apply during the first year (fall, spring, or summer) upon completion of the prerequisite coursework.
  • Non-first years may also apply, but admission will only be granted on a limited basis if space is available.
  • Application Windows:
    • Fall semester: October 1-December 1 (% of total class admitted during this window: 15%)
    • Spring semester: January 1-May 1 (% of total class admitted during this window: 80%)
    • Summer Term: June 1-30 (% of total class admitted during this window: 5%)