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Housing and Residence Life

Division of Student Life and Enrollment

Pre-Health Living-Learning Community (PHLLC) Navigator

The Medical Professions Advisement Program, Department of Housing and Residence Life, College of Nursing, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Honors College, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Quillen College of Medicine, and the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) have formed a partnership to create a Pre-Health Living Learning Community (PHLLC) for all students interested in pursuing a career in health care.

The PHLLC provides students with the unique opportunity to live in a residence hall community with other pre-health students. While participating in the PHLLC students will take courses together, have access to faculty advisement in the residence hall, and participate as a group in extracurricular activities, community service, and tutoring. Students must meet a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for both high school as well as a 22 ACT or 1020 (Critical Reading and Math) SAT requirement.

The Medical Professions Advisement Program will be selecting two undergraduate students to serve as PHLLC Buc Guides for the community. These Buc Guides will serve as mentors and facilitators for this program. Working alongside faculty and staff, they will help create programs and activities that connect residents to common interests, and assist in helping students make a successful transition to ETSU.


 Benefits and Rewards

  • Help create a successful living-learning environment for pre-health students
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills
  • Develop relationships with ETSU faculty and staff
  • Experience in planning and leading activities for fellow students
  • Satisfaction of helping students succeed on campus

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.3
  • Completion of BIOL1110/1111, BIOL 1120/1121 and CHEM 1110/1111, and CHEM 1120/21 or HSCI
  • 2010/2011 and HSCI 2020/2021; at least a 3.0 GPA in science coursework
  • Sophomore standing or above as of the fall semester in which employment will begin
  • A minimum of one year living on campus (applications may be submitted in spring semester of a student’s first year on campus)
  • A history of involvement at ETSU and student leadership
  • Ability to work as a team member and independently; creative, innovative, able to set goals and self-evaluate progress toward goals; able to manage time effectively
  • Transfer students should show involvement since transferring and any applicable experiences from previous institution(s)
  • Commitment to uphold the Mission, Vision, and Values of ETSU 
  • Willingness and ability to model appropriate behavior, goal-setting, and mentoring of pre-health students
  • Sensitivity to issues common to college students in general and the needs of pre-health students in particular
  • Capacity to be accepting and respectful of different personalities, backgrounds, and lifestyles

Goals and responsibilities

The Navigators contribute significantly to the direction the PHLLC takes in its programming and events and shape the moral and the culture of this group. Navigators should be heavily invested in the professional and social development of PHLLC students, and should be creative, social, and able to work independently and as teammates to help the PHLLC students come together as a community.

Navigators will:

  • Live within the living-learning community in Lucille Clement Hall while modeling academic, co-curricular, and leadership involvement to community members
  • Help new pre-health students adjust and become academically and socially successful
  • Assist in the planning and leading of programs and initiatives within the living-learning community as well as maintain records of events each semester
  • Mentor other student leaders within the PHLLC in the development of social, service, and experiential activities
  • Communicate regularly with the residents in the living-learning community
  • Assist with the recruitment of new PHLLC members and serve as a Medical Professions Advisement Program representative at university events
  • Plan and facilitate PHLLC hall meetings once per month during the academic school year, or as needed. Assist House Leaders in the development of monthly programming/meetings.
  • Attend meetings with the residential staff in your hall(s) as directed
  • Communicate regularly with the Medical Professions Advisement Office, including timely submission of any required reports or documentations

Two positions are available with two different focuses and individual responsibilities:

  • Community-building focus
    • This Navigator will devote attention to developing structures and activities that build community among PHLLC members and between the PHLLC and the campus community. Specific tasks and objectives include:

      ·Oversight of a peer-mentorship program within the PHLLC

      ·Creating sub-houses within the community; creating events/activities for house leaders

      ·Developing social and recreational events

      ·Maintaining internal and public-facing social media presence, communication channels

      ·Assist with management of recruitment efforts

      ·Track attendance and participation at events; reach out to students who are not participating

      ·Meet twice per semester with House Leaders and Advisory Council members; submit minutes to PHLLC Coordinator

      Other duties as discovered

  • Professional development focus
    • This Navigator will focus on developing pre-professional experiences, with the assistance of the PHLLC Coordinator, to encourage academic growth and knowledge of opportunities and challenges within the health care field. Specific tasks and objectives include:

      ·Building relationships with health care providers and professional school/graduate students, faculty, etc. in area to host on-campus talks, events, activities.

      ·Assisting with development and maintenance of shadowing network

      ·Planning of professional development hall activities for hall meetings; maintenance of attendance record

      ·Management of PHLLC resource library

      Other duties as discovered

Important Dates & Time Commitment Requirements

Navigators must be able to commit to all of the dates/times listed below.  Please do not apply for this position if you are unable to commit to all of these dates.  Contact the Medical Professions Advisement Office if you have questions or concerns about any of these dates.

Spring 2019
All Navigators are required to attend the following dates:

  • Navigator Retreat (date TBA)
  • By Invitation Only Orientation (April 28)

Summer 2019

  • Navigators are invited and encouraged to assist with incoming freshmen interviews and summer orientation dates if possible.

Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

  • Participate in move-in and training activities with your living-learning community the week before classes begin.
  • 5 hours each week for Medical Professions Advisement office hours and 10-15 hours each week building community with the residents in your living-learning community
  • Planning and facilitation of monthly hall meetings and monthly house meetings, attendance at PHLLC Advisory Council meetings approximately 3 times per year.
  • Provide ongoing guidance to PHLLC committees and mentors.


A private room in Lucille Clement Hall and $800 per semester, awarded upon successful completion of each semester’s requirements.  Navigators are hired for an annual term (fall and spring semesters). 


These positions are supervised by Ali Williams, in the Medical Professions Advisement Office.

Questions about these positions should be directed to Ali Williams at or 423.439.5602.

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