There are three essential areas that pre-professional students must address prior to applying to professional school:
- Academic Excellence
- Health Care Experience
- Extra-Curricular, Service, and Leadership Activities
To prepare for admissions into a health sciences graduate program, one should consult the following timeline during each stage of their undergraduate career:
- Continue taking the pre-requisites for your health sciences program.
- Work on study habits and time-management skills that will allow your grades to improve even as courses get more challenging.
- Research health professional programs to learn about specific requirements.
- Continue to interact with the pre-professional advisors during ChemMed Club meetings, and advisement sessions.
- Get to know faculty. Ask questions in class and visit during office hours. Faculty are a great resource for major/career information and for future letters of recommendation.
- Begin to put together a resume if you don't have one already. The Career Center can be a great resource for resume writing.
- Begin to explore research opportunities, especially if MD/Ph.D. is an interest.
- Continue to read! This will help you to prepare for the MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.
- Continue to excel in your academic coursework.
- In the spring, meet with the pre-professional health sciences administrative associate to learn about the process to interview and be evaluated by the pre-health advisory committee.
- Discuss letters of recommendation with faculty who know you well.
- Prepare a study plan for your MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE.
- Plan to take the MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE as early as the spring of junior year.
- Draft, revise, and edit your personal statement.
SUMMER BETWEEN JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEAR:
- Begin primary applications to professional schools. Most health professions have a common application online. Applications generally open in May, June, or July.
- Perfect your personal statement.
- Complete secondary applications and have letters of recommendation sent.
- Fine tune your interviewing skills.
- Go on professional school interviews.