How to Apply to Professional School
Application to Professional Schools
In most cases you will want to apply to more than one professional school. They all require at least three recommendations so you have a portfolio prepared and used for all schools.
Requirements for applying
When you get ready to apply for professional school (1 to 1-1/2 years before actually going to the institution) do the following:
- Start by visiting the pre-professional secretary, Mary Saunders, in Foster Hall, Room 205. She will explain the procedure in detail. She will give you evaluation sheets to take to at least three professors. (Usually: 1 chemistry, 1 biology, and 1 other, as a minimum for all schools).
NOTE: Make sure you get to know the professors well enough to get a decent recommendation from them. There is a place for "Don't know the student well enough to make a good judgment." If the professor who evaluates you selects this category too often, the evaluation does not enhance your candidacy.
- Encourage the professors to get the evaluations forms back to Mary as soon as possible. You must sign the forms indicating whether you want to review them or not and, generally, it is better to trust the professor without checking it. The pre-professional secretary will summarize these evaluations into one report, copying all statements written by professor, etc.
- Then you need to set up a time to meet with at least two of our advisors to make sure everything is in order. It has been good for both advisors and applicants to uncover things that need to be done, and it is a good practice for the interview which you hope to get at the school.
- Ask Dr. Kline, Mrs. Coonce, or Mrs. Carrick to write an Advisor's Evaluation. This person should not be the same person you asked to write your Professor Letter. Such things as attendance in class as well as Chem-Med Club, activity within the department and anything else we think will help your candidacy will be considered.
- Prepare for the interview - Dr. Jackson has agreed to sit down and help you to know how to carry yourself, dress, ask and answer questions, and prepare for the interview process. Several students have used her and come back from their interview and told us how much they were helped in that short session with her.
- Please tell our office when you get into professional school so we can keep a record of your/TTU's successes. Some schools will send us a list of TTU students who have been admitted, but others will not. Most students will be heard up and down the halls after being accepted - it really is a celebration!
Read: "Writing the Medical School application ESSAY: Problems and Cures" by Sandra Nagy, Academic Associate, Across the Curriculum, Arizona State University.
Some relatively new preparations for MCAT: Columbia Review, Princeton Review, Kaplan. Cambridge.
We can have a practice MCAT written and scored by KAPLAN in early January if there is any interest. Come to Chemical Medical Sciences Club to sign up.
We have an arrangement with KAPLAN to get some money for the Chem-Med Club and you get some discount from as a club member.
Chem-Medical Sciences Club
That is the place where you will learn who else is planning on going into the health professions and can start interacting with them. You can begin to learn about the different professions as different speakers come share with us about their specialties. We must answer the question on the Advisor's Evaluation Form as to your involvement in the pre-professional club on campus. Attendance is kept and summarized in the final Advisor. Evaluation to the professional school. If you can't make the meetings, we have several other events and activities, and you are encouraged to join and try to make some of those events.
Professional schools are now using online application services to compile and process your complete application materials. Please visit these websites for valuable information about applying to the professional schools of your choice.
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Associated American Dental School Application Service (AADSAS)
Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)
Optometry College Application Service (OptomCAS)
Occupational Therapy (OTCAS)
Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
Veterinarian Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)