All Students pursuing application to a Health
Science-related Professional School are strongly recommended to
seek advisement from the Office of Medical Professions Advisement
and the Advisor in their respective major each semester.
Freshmen are recommended to:
+ examine the general education requirements along with
any required courses for their program and/or major
+ be aware of prerequisite courses required for completion prior
to taking upper-level courses in their program and/or major
+ schedule individual advisement appointments through the MPA
office before course registration begins
NOTE: Freshmen can see Graduate Assistants and/or Interns for
advisement in the Office of Medical Professions Advisement.
Second-semester Freshmen should come to the advisement
appointment prepared with courses of interest.
Pre-Health Profession Timeline for Freshman
Start taking prerequisite courses (General
Chemistry and Biology)
Find volunteer and shadowing
Look for volunteer opportunities that give back to the community.
Show you care about the population you intend to serve and their
well-being. Examples of volunteer opportunities are n
ursing homes, animal shelters,
homeless/domestic violence shelters, meals on wheels, within
churches, other civic organizations, etc.
Research and Choose a Major/Minor
For Pre-Health Profession Students, the best thing you can do
for yourself is be well-rounded. You want your Major and Minor to
reflect a well-rounded Student. Major in something you are
interested in and passionate about, even if it is not science or
math. Try to do something to set yourself apart and gain
experience in a field that suits your personality and traits,
whether you major or minor in History, Philosophy, Humanities,
Music, English, or another non-science concentration. Keep in
mind: when your major is one you enjoy and find interest within,
you will study harder, be more invested and retain more
Research Careers in the Health Professions
ETSU 1350 is a new course that is offered and
can help you know about the health profession you are interested
in pursuing: What are the expectations for that area? What is the
long-term outlook? What are the basic duties and environment?
What is the typical salary? How long does it take to complete the
training for that particular area?
Develop Relationships with Professors
Get to know your Professors and, better yet,
teach them about YOU! In order to have letters of reference when
you begin your Professional School application, you will need to
rely on the impressions you have made on your Faculty and
Advisors. Be sure they know who you are and what your goals
Join Student Organizations, Student Clubs,
Athletics, Honors Societies, Music Groups, etc.
Seek leadership opportunities to demonstrate
your ability to lead and guide others in any organization that
you are a member - being a member is simply NOT ENOUGH!
Begin recording each job, volunteer &
service experience in some type of notebook beginning
Noting your thoughts and feelings about
each job, volunteer, or service experience - in addition? to the
names and dates - will help provide you with details as you
prepare your application and personal essay in the Professional
School Application process.