Advisement for sophomores

All students pursuing application to a health science-related professional school are strongly encouraged to seek advisement from the Office of Medical Professions Advisement and their major advisor each semester. 


Advisement goals for sophomores

Examine general education requirements along with any required courses for programs of study and/or academic majors. Be conscious of remaining general education requirements (including proficiency-intensives) that are left to be completed.

Be aware of prerequisite courses in preparation for taking upper-level courses in either programs of study or academic majors.

Come to each advisement appointment prepared with courses of interest.

Schedule individual advisement appointments before course registration begins.

Timeline for sophomore year    
Continue with prerequisite courses (usually organic chemistry and physics)

Finish general education core requirements

Choose a major/minor
As a pre-health professions student, you want your major and minor to reflect a well-rounded individual.  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, you will study harder, be more invested, and retain more information. 

ETSU requires all students to declare a major by the completion of 60 credit hours.  To declare/change your major visit this Registrar's website for the document needed to complete this process.

Begin researching summer enrichment or research programs (contact the MPA Office for information)

Continue volunteering and shadowing experiences

Talk with professors and advisors about winter break, spring break, and summer research and/or related opportunities

Continue recording notations for your personal statement
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.