Pre-Health Advising

Walk-in Hours*:
- M: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Tu: 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- W: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Th: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
      and 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- F: 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

First year students: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

*Advisors will make every effort to see all students who sign in. However, we reserve the right to stop accepting walk-in students depending on the number of students already waiting and the amount of time left in the walk-in shift. If you arrive later in the shift you may be instructed to return on a different day.

Pre-Health advisors, in the University of Florida's Office of Health and Legal Professions Advising (OHLPA) office, in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, seek to empower and support students interested in healthcare professions as they engage in a holistic process of exploring, preparing, evaluating, and applying to healthcare professional programs. We specifically advise students seeking admission to professional programs in the medical (MD, DO, DPM, DC, ND), dental, veterinary, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical and occupational therapy, optometry, and allied health professions.

Health professions schools are interested in individuals who are broadly educated and well rounded in achievement while pursuing rigorous course loads. Although many health professions schools focus on pre-requisites in the science and math disciplines, preparation for admission is not in any way limited to these areas. Pre-Health advisors are available:


Seeing an Advisor: Walk-ins and Appointments

Bobbi Knickerbocker Christine Richmond Miranda (Mandi) Santos
Bobbi Knickerbocker,
Christine Richmond,
Miranda (Mandi) Santos,

Pre-Health Advisors & Support Staff: The Office of Health and Legal Professions (OHLPA) is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We are located in the Academic Advising Center in Farrior Hall. The OHLPA has Pre-Health advisors and an assistant to serve your advising needs. As a team, we do individual and small group advising and present workshops to provide up to date information about numerous health profession fields.

First year students may see any advisor in the Academic Advising Center via walk-in advising. All advisors are well trained to meet the needs of first year students whether questions are related to major/minor issues or Pre-Health requirements. Advisors will refer students to a Pre-Health advisor if needed. Walk-in hours for first year students are 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Second, third, and fourth year students may see a Pre-Health advisor via walk-in advising during the hours listed below, or you may call (352) 273-4083 to schedule an appointment.

Pre-Health Advisors
Bobbi Knickerbocker
Christine Richmond
Miranda (Mandi) Santos

OHLPA Assistant
Shabon Span

For students interested in UF's College of Pharmacy you may see:
Wanda Washington
G205 Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy Building (HPNP)
(352) 273-6400

For students interested in UF's Physical Therapy program you may see Amy Landendorf. For an appointment with Amy please email

For students interested in the College of Veterinary Medicine, please send an e-mail to Brandi Phillips, Pre-Vet Advising.

Students interested in non-UF programs may continue to see pre-health advisors in OHLPA.

What your advisor expects from you:

  • To have knowledge of your chosen career, obtained through reading, shadowing, informational interviews, working, and volunteering.
  • To have realistic perceptions of the journey you are about to begin. This includes both academically and personally.
  • To take ownership and responsibility for research of career opportunities in the healthcare field.
  • To utilize resources in the UF, Gainesville, and global communities.
  • To come prepared to meetings.
  • To exude a standard of professionalism through communication and actions.

What to expect from your Pre-Health advisor:

  • To be thought of as an individual person with unique characteristics, talents, and abilities.
  • To be treated with respect and dignity and that the advisors will maintain the confidentiality of the advising sessions.
  • To help students discover a realistic, holistic, and diversified perspective of their field of choice.
  • To provide accurate information.
  • To provide opportunities for students' realistic evaluation of competitiveness for admission.
  • To help students define and examine their personal goals and values so students may reflect if these fit the profession of choice.
  • To encourage students to reflect on the qualities and characteristics of a good professional.
  • To assist students by providing information for application preparation to professional programs.

Pre-Health Listserv

The UF Pre-Health listserv helps keep Pre-Health students informed about upcoming Pre-Health events, presentations, volunteer and research opportunities, student organization meetings, practice MCAT exams, and more. Join the listserv!

Please note: All requests for postings to the Pre-Health Listserv will be reviewed by OHLPA. Requests that do not pertain specifically to Pre-Health students, requests that are advertisements for purchased products, and alcohol-related events may not be posted. To submit a request, please send it to Student organizations that travel abroad must adhere to, and post on their website, the AAMC and ADEA guidelines in order to have their information distributed to the listserv. Announcements will not be posted more than once per week.

Pre-Health Email

Advisors are available to answer your Pre-Health related questions via email at For general academic advising questions please email an advisor in your college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may use this form. Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

If you are unsure whether you wish to pursue a healthcare profession or unsure of which one you might choose, please go to the following websites and then see an advisor:

Do you have a question you would like to ask a current student? You can contact them at

Pre-Health Navigation

Academic Advising Center
Farrior Hall
100 Fletcher Drive
PO Box 112015
Gainesville, FL 32611-2015
Phone: 352-392-1521
Fax: 352-392-2905

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