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Medical Professions Advisement

Center for Advisement and Student Excellence

High School Preparation


Your high school performance and accomplishments are the starting point in your preparation for a career in the health professions. You can start building your candidacy for professional school before you even begin college by taking rigorous course loads, shadowing health professionals, developing a strong record of volunteerism and community service, and becoming a leader in your school and community organizations. Making the right academic and personal decisions in high school and in college will help you establish a foundation of social and professional skills that will be significant in the professional school application process.

ETSU requires certain high school courses for admission to the university. If you are under 21 years of age when you apply as a freshman, you must have taken (or be in the process of completing) these high school courses.

NOTE: Different requirements may exist for GED Students, early admission students, and international students. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 423-439-4213.

Additional recommendations for pre-health students include courses in the sciences, arts, mathematics, and foreign languages to build a diverse array of competencies and to encourage your intellectual growth and development in preparation for professional school application. Strong preparation in the sciences and mathematics is imperative for pre-health students; although taking your science classes at the university level is highly recommended, it is beneficial to take advantage of any AP or advanced course offerings in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English to smooth your transition to college-level courses.

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