HS LEAP Program Facts

  • What are the Health Sciences? Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Exercise Sport Science/Exercise Physiology, Health Promotion and Education, Veterinary Medicine, Medical Technology, Laboratory Science, Certified Athletic Trainer (not personal trainer), Optometry, Speech Language Pathology, Audiology. These majors or pre-majors are contained in the Colleges of Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Nursing.

  • How many are in the class/program? Enrollment is capped at 35 students per year.
  • How is this different than just taking my general education requirements? The class of students remains the same not only throughout the freshman year, but throughout all undergraduate years, if you choose to stay in the program. This means you will have a group of students that you can get to know very well, making your university experience more positive and friendly. But since only one of your four or five classes each semester is Health Sciences LEAP, you’ll meet lots of other students too.
  • What are the other years like? LEAP II includes shadowing of health professionals and learning about health professions topics such as cultural competency, collegiality, professionalism, and ethics. LEAP III includes a laboratory research placement in the area of your interest, and an intensive lab training skills course. Leap IV is an independent study course that evaluates and prepares students for their individual career paths. At the conclusion of the Health Sciences LEAP program, students are awarded a “Research Scholar” distinction on their degree certificates.
  • What makes this program useful to me? The course work focuses on preparing students for health professions majors and graduate programs. Students do shadowing, conduct research, make community contributions, and receive guidance and assistance, which will make them competitive in their respective graduate level applications.
  • Does the program cost extra? There’s no additional cost for the program. Students just pay tuition for one required course per semester.
  • Who is involved in supporting students? We build a support network for students that includes professors, guidance counselors and advisors. We network the student with resources that will set them up to succeed. We can assist students with issues in financial aid, scholarships, university procedures, etc.
  • Will I meet more than just those other 35 classmates? Yes! The University-wide LEAP program includes sections in Undergraduate Studies, Health, Business, Engineering, Law, Architecture, and more. It also includes a library training and research paper training element. The LEAP program holds activities and service learning experiences for undergraduate students each year. In addition, only one class per semester is in the LEAP Program.
  • How will I adjust to student life? Students have a peer advisor, who is a previous LEAP I student, who can help them become familiar with the U and serve as an important resource for students to answer questions, help find other resources, and succeed at the U.
  • What are the minimum requirements? There is no minimum ACT score or GPA requirement for HS LEAP. We are looking for students interested in becoming health professionals, but you MUST be an incoming freshman at the University of Utah to be part of the program, and maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue in it.
  • Can I do other programs also? Yes! The LEAP program is compatible with Honors and other University of Utah programs. HS LEAP courses meet general education requirements and allied hour requirements. Years III and IV are upper division hours.
  • How do I get in? Students must be accepted to and attend the U to be in the HS LEAP program. There are separate applications for admissions to the U and HS LEAP. The HS-LEAP application is available on the LEAP website early in each calendar year, and applications for the fall class are due in May. You will be notified if you are accepted into the program and must register for one class each semester to be part of it.

Questions? Please contact Kathryn Browning-Hawes at Kathryn.browning@hsc.utah.edu or 801-213-1258.

José E. Rodríguez, MD

Interim Associate Vice President for Health Equity & Inclusion

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