The Office of Medical Professions Advisement and the faculty at ETSU will challenge you academically, mentor you through the process of preparing for professional school, and encourage you to develop into a competitive applicant for the programs of your choice. As an MPA student, you will receive one-on-one counseling and team advisement related to the many aspects of professional school preparation and application.
Your MPA advisor (in addition to your major advisor) will meet with you each semester to help you assess where you are the professional school preparation process and identify ways to strengthen your candidacy. You and your advisor will discuss your progress, classes and grades, work and shadowing experience, volunteer work and community service, leadership opportunities on campus, extracurricular activities, your professional schools of interest, entrance exam preparation and application, and any questions you have at that point in your academic career. You will leave each meeting with a set of goals for the next semester.
This 2-credit-hour class (PREH 1350), usually taken during a student's first semester, provides you with a foundation of skills and knowledge that will allow you to navigate your career options in health care, research professional schools, and understand the many facets of developing your candidacy for professional programs of study. We also discuss learning styles, personality and communication styles, medical ethics, modern trends and current debates in health care, and critical thinking in the academic and clinical environments.
Preparing for professional school requires focus, tenacity, and often sacrifice. Do yourself a favor by becoming part of a community of allies, like-minded students who share your drive and your goals. The Pre-Health Living-Learning Community (PHLLC) allows pre-health students to live in a residence hall together, take common prerequisite courses as a group, and participate in volunteer, leadership, academic, and recreational activities together. Semester-long friendly competitions will keep you on your toes and you will graduate with a wealth of experience working as part of a team.
Membership in the PHLLC is open to first-time freshmen (including students who have taken dual enrollment courses) who meet eligibility criteria. Space is limited, so visit our PHLLC page to learn more about the community and apply online.
Leadership experience, community service, and campus involvement are critical parts of a strong professional school application. Our students lead a number of health-related organizations, and our advisors serve as the faculty advisors for those student groups.
We want to see you as the next members and officers of our pre-health student organizations. See which organizations are currently part of the Office of MPA.
Every fall, the MPA team invites representatives from professional schools and graduate programs from across the region and abroad to talk with students about opportunities in the health professions. This forum will allow you to hear directly from admissions officials and recruitment representatives as you research your professional schools of choice and network as a budding health professional. Learn more about the programs represented and mark your calendar for next year's fair by visiting our recruitment fair page.
Many professional schools require that applicants submit a composite letter of evaluation of their academic credentials by an undergraduate faculty committee. The Office of MPA offers this service to students as you prepare your application materials, usually during or just after your junior year.
Visit our Committee Evaluation page to learn more about the steps in this process.