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5-Drop Limit

Effective with the fall 2011 semester, students are limited to 5 drops in their academic career at OU. Complete withdrawals at OU, drops from other institutions, and drops from previous semesters do not count in the 5-drop limit.


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Pre-Professional Advising

Whether you are considering a career in medicine or health, OU has academic advisors for each area who can provide you with information on specific courses, prerequisites, and general information. These advisors will not advise you regarding classes that you need to take for a specific major; rather, they offer information about classes that are needed for application to a professional school, the admission process, etc. For semester-to-semester advising, students need to visit with the academic advisor in his/her degree-granting college.



Medicine, Dental, Optometry, Podiatry, Physician's Associate

Advisors: Nancy Blass                                                            Dustye Bailey

                   Senior Pre-Med Advisor                                     Pre-Med Advisor

                   Medicine, Optometry, Podiatry                         Medicine, Dental, Physician's Associate

                   Cate 1, Room 415                                                  Cate 1, Room 416          

                   405-325-2457                                                        405-325-3099       



Pre-professional advising for medicine, optometry, and podiatry programs is available with Ms. Nancy Blass.


Pre-professional advising for medicine, dental, and physician's associate programs is available with Ms. Dustye Bailey.



Students may schedule an appointment with the appropriate advisor listed above through the iAdvise appointment system. If the advisor does not have an appointment, students may be seen on a walk-in basis, as the advisor is available. Advising is in Cate 1, Room 418, and students must check in with the receptionist.


Declaring a pre-professional program

Students must tell the academic advising center in the college of their major that they want the "pre-" code listed on their academic record. Otherwise, the "pre-" advisor has no way to include students in notices of meetings, deadlines, etc. The college advising office will ensure that the code is added to the student's record.


Nancy Blass

With 14 years experience in this area, Nancy has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine with its Friend of Podiatric Medicine Award, the Oklahoma Academic Advisors Association’s Advisor of the Year Award, and the OU Regents Superior Staff Award. She is Liaison to the Optometry Schools, a member of the National Association of Advisors of Health Professions and the Texas Association of Advisors for Health Professions, and is a national volunteer advisor for universities and colleges that lack a pre-med advisor. Nancy sponsors the Pre-Med and Pre-Optometry clubs as well as co-sponsors the Physician's Associate club. She also oversees the Medical Ethics and Issues Discussion Panel.  


Dustye Bailey

After working in the OUHSC Stephenson Cancer Center as a protocol specialist for clinical trials and in the OU Family Medicine clinic, Dustye joined the OU Pre-Med advising office. She is the sponsor for the OU Pre-Dental Club and co-sponsors the Pre-Physician's Associate club. She is also the sponsor of the PanAmerican Student Association.


The pre-med office maintains D2L sites with a wealth of information for students interested in their specified professional programs.  The OU Pre-Med Facebook is accessible to anyone.


Prospective students may contact OU Prospective Students Services or call that office at 405-325-2151, for an appointment with an OU pre-med advisor.


Mock Interview appointments may be made through the iAdvise appointment system.



Veterinary Medicine

Advisor:  Tim Bradford

                  Pre-Vet and Zoology advising office

                  211A Richards Hall


                  Pre-Vet web site


Veterinary medicine advising is available from Tim Bradford, who guides pre-veterinary students through their preparatory studies, admissions examinations, and the veterinary school application process. He also sponsors the Pre-Vet Club at OU. The club provides students with a place to network and find information about various programs and institutions.


More information about pre-veterinary studies is available at the pre-vet web site.


Pre-vet advising is offered by scheduled appointments or on a walk-in basis. Please contact Tim at 325-5661 or at to check on walk-in availability, schedule an appointment, or for general questions you may have.



Health Professions

Advisors:   University College

                    100 Wagoner Hall



Communication sciences and disorders, dental hygiene, nursing, nutritional sciences, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and the radiologic technologies advising is available from any of the advisors in University College. The assistance of an academic counselor is especially important to the pre-health profession student who wants to complete his/her admission requirements while maintaining a competitive grade point average for admission to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.


Most pre-health students also have a specific major they are pursuing. While a student in University College, you will be advised on both your major requirements and pre-health requirements. However, once you move into your degree-granting college, you will need to see your college or department advisor for semester-to-semester advising; in addition, though, you will see your University College pre-health advisor for information about requirements for your chosen health field.