1. How can I set up an appointment to see an advisor?
You can set up an appointment to see an advisor by calling the Student Support Center at 747-7234. Appointments are required for students who are changing majors into the College of Health Sciences, exploring Health Sciences majors, on academic probation or suspension, or seeking reinstatement. Many other inquiries can be seen during walk-in hours: http://localendar.com/public/CHSSSC.
2. Can I come in as a walk-in if I can't make an appointment?
Yes. We have designated Walk-In Hours on specific days. Please view the calendar at http://localendar.com/public/CHSSSC for walk-in availability. However, you MUST call 747-7234 to schedule an appointment if you are changing majors into the College of Health Sciences, exploring Health Sciences majors, on academic probation or suspension, or seeking reinstatement. We always advise calling before visiting to make sure we are prepared to assist you appropriately.
3. Do you have to be a UTEP Student or College of Health Sciences student to see an advisor?
No. We will assist anyone who has questions about the College of Health Sciences and its majors. However, we can only advise and remove advising holds for students currently enrolled in a major under the College of Health Sciences.
4. Do I have to see an advisor in person in order to be advised?
No! We can assist you in person, via email, or via a scheduled video appointment with any questions you have.
5. What is the difference between "registration advising" and "general advising?"
Registration advising is advising specifically to help you choose classes for the next semester based on your degree plan, review general policies, and lift your advising holds. Registration advising is mandatory and must be done every semester you wish to attend. In CHS, registration advising can be done completely online. Students also have the option to meet with their advisor after completing the online portion of registration advising for additional help.
General advising is everything that doesn't fall under registration advising - questions, concerns, and guidance related to selecting your major, your degree plan, graduation, academic issues, referrals to other departments on campus, or needing assistance with any other aspect of college life. General advising is recommended if you have any questions or are facing any difficulties while at UTEP.
6. I got advised for classes last semester. Do I need to be advised again for upcoming semesters?
Yes. All students in the College of Health Sciences must be advised prior to any semester they wish to enroll.
7. When do I get advised for classes?
Registration advising starts at two points during the academic year and continues through the first week of classes. Getting advised and registering for classes as early as possible provides the best class options to make progress towards your degree.
- March: Registration Advising starts for Summer and Fall Semester Courses
- Students are advised for Summer and Fall courses at the same time.
- This advising is for Summer Semester (includes Maymester courses, Summer 8-week courses, Summer 4-week courses, and all other Summer options) and Fall Semester (includes full 15-week courses, 8-week part of term courses, and all other Fall options)
- October: Registration advising starts for Spring Semester Courses
- This advising is for all Spring Semester courses (full 15-week courses, Wintermester Courses in January, 8-week part of term courses, and all other Spring options)
No. CHS Students are advised through the Academic Advising Center (AAC) until they have earned 46 cumulative credit hours (transfer hours included). All other CHS students (46+ credits) are advised by the Student Support Center Advisors until graduation.
9. Can I become a medical doctor through the College of Health Sciences?
Yes - you can major in anything at the undergraduate level to prepare for graduate programs in Medical Schools and other health professions. In order to become a medical doctor one has to receive a degree from a 4 year medical college (graduate level). Most medical colleges require a 4 year undergraduate degree along with a number of other prerequisite courses. That being said, a student could earn a bachelor's degree from UTEP in one of the undergraduate majors offered by the College of Health Sciences and complete the necessary prerequisites to apply to medical school. We recommend that students seeking to enter medical school or other health professions speak to the Medical Professions Institute (https://www.utep.edu/science/mpi/) for assistance.
10. Does the College of Health Sciences offer Bachelor's degrees in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Speech-Language Pathology?
No, there are no bachelor’s degrees offered for these programs at UTEP. The College of Health Sciences currently provides a bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with concentrations in PT, OT, Rehab Counseling, and Speech-Language Pathology. This major will prepare students to apply for graduate programs in these areas. The bachelors degrees in Kinesiology and Public Health can also be used to prepare for graduate programs in PT and OT as well as many other graduate opportunities. In order to practice in any of these areas, students must earn a masters or doctoral degree in the field.
11. I am interested in Physical Therapy. Is there a pre-Physical Therapy program at the College of Health Sciences?
Students interested in graduate programs in Physical Therapy can pursue an undergraduate degree in any major while completing pre-requisites needed to apply to PT graduate programs. The Rehabilitation Sciences major in CHS prepares students to apply to PT programs, and the Kinesiology major is another popular choice for PT preparation.
12. Do you handle advising for nursing students?
No. Advising for nursing students and questions about the Nursing program are handled by the College of Nursing Advisors. Please call 747-7273 for more information.
13. I'm interested in applying to a graduate program in CHS. Where can I get information on the requirements and process?
Each graduate program maintains a website for prospective students that includes information on applying, requirements, admissions, deadlines, and other items useful to a prospective student. Please review the program's website in full. Each program provides an email address where you can submit questions that are not answered on the website.
- Doctor of Physical Therapy: https://www.utep.edu/chs/pt/academic-programs/Prospective_Students.html
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy: https://www.utep.edu/chs/ot/programs/index.html
- PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences: https://www.utep.edu/chs/ihs/academic-programs/prospective-students/application-process.html
- Master of Public Health (MPH): https://www.utep.edu/chs/phs/academic-programs/graduate/requirements-for-admission-to-mph.html
- MS in Kinesiology: https://www.utep.edu/chs/kinesiology/academic-programs/graduate/graduate-program.html
- MS in Speech Language Pathology:
- Master of Social Work (MSW): https://www.utep.edu/chs/sw/academic-programs/prospective-students/master-of-social-work.html