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Medical Professions Advisement

Center for Advisement and Student Excellence

Advisement for Freshman

All students pursuing application to a health-related professional school are encouraged to talk with their MPA and major advisors 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.

First year timeline

Start taking prerequisite courses (usually 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 nursing homes, animal shelters, homeless/domestic violence shelters, meals on wheels, and within churches and other civic organizations.

Research and choose a major/minor
The best thing you can do for yourself is be well-rounded. You want your major and minor to reflect a student with diverse interests and talents. 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. When your major is one you enjoy and that interests you, you will study harder, be more invested, and retain more knowledge.

Research careers in the health professions
PREH 1350: Health Professions Exploration Seminar is a new course that will help you know about the health profession you are interested in pursuing. In this seminar, you will research and discuss several areas of consideration for a budding health professional, including: What are the expectations for students and professionals in that health care field? What is the long-term occupation outlook? What are the basic responsibilities of that profession? What is the working environment like? What salary can I expect? How long does it take to complete the training for that particular profession and approximately how much does it cost?

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, athletics, honors societies, and other extracurricular groups
Seek leadership opportunities to demonstrate your ability to lead and guide others in any organization that you are a member - just being a member is simply not enough!

Begin recording each job, volunteer experience, and clinical observation/shadowing experience right now
Record your thoughts and feelings about each job, volunteer, or clinical experience, along with names, dates, and hours worked. These notes will help provide you with details as you prepare your application and personal essay during the application process .

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