All students pursuing application to a health-related professional school are strongly recommended to seek advisement from the Office of Medical Professions Advisement and from their major advisor each semester.
Advisement goals for freshmen
+ Examine the general education requirements along with any required courses for your pre-professional program and major/minor
+ Be aware of prerequisite courses required for completion prior to taking upper-level courses in your program and/or major
+ Schedule individual advisement appointments with your major advisor and with your MPA advisor before course registration begins
Freshman year timeline
+ Start taking prerequisite courses (general chemistry and biology)
+ Find volunteer and shadowing opportunities
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 information.
+ 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 are.
+ 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 right now. Record your thoughts and feelings about each job, volunteer, or service experience, along with names, dates, and hours worked. These notes will help provide you with details as you prepare your application and personal essay in the professional school application process .