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Medical Professions Advisement

Center for Advisement and Student Excellence

Advisement for Sophomores

All students pursuing application to a health science-related professional school are strongly encouraged to seek advisement from their MPA advisor 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 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.
  • Maintain a high GPA overall and in the sciences. Use this online tool to calculate your current GPA. Enter only your science and math classes to calculate your BCPM GPA.
  • 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
Research your professional schools of choice and talk with your MPA Counselor to decide what these classes will be. Most sophomores will be taking 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, you may request that your advisor make an official declaration in the university student data system.

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 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.

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