Four Year Timeline

Timeline

Four Year Timeline
Below is a general time for pre-health students. This varies depending on your health profession of choice. Please meet with your pre-health advisor to develop an individual timeline customized for you and your needs.

College Year 1
College Year 2
Summer Between Year 2 & 3

College Year 3
Summer Between Year 3 & 4
College Year 4
Summer Following Graduation
Gap/Bridge Year (if applicable)
Once Accepted

College Year 1

  • Talk with an academic advisor about course selection
  • Make an appointment with a pre-health advisor to introduce yourself, discuss the best way to sequence your classes and get acquainted with campus resources
  • Attend pre-health club meetings on campus and make sure you are on email lists to get relevant updates and information
  • Seek opportunities to volunteer, shadow health care professionals, and consider research opportunities on your campus
  • Develop relationships with faculty, advisors, and mentors on your campus
  • Explore online resources for your health field of choice
  • Identify summer volunteer, paid, research and leadership opportunities related to your chosen health profession 
  • Complete first year pre-health coursework and other school-specific degree requirements

College Year 2

  • Check-in with your pre-health advising office; attend pre-health club meetings and activities, and make sure you’re still on email lists to receive information and updates
  • Pursue meaningful health experience and activities, volunteer work, research and/or leadership roles
  • Continue to develop relationships with faculty, advisors, and mentors on your campus
  • If interested, apply for summer research, internship, or enrichment programs
  • Complete second year pre-health coursework and other school-specific degree requirements

Over the Summer

  • Investigate:
    • The application process
    • Entry exams and the recommended preparation

College Year 3

  • By this time, you should have a well-established relationship with a pre-health advisor and should be actively participating in pre-health activities
  • If possible, identify and pursue leadership opportunities within the pre-health organizations on your campus
  • Consider which faculty, advisors and mentors on your campus, with whom you’ve developed relationships, you’ll approach to write letters of recommendation for your applications
  • Continue your participation in meaningful health experiences, other health related activities, volunteer work, research and/or leadership roles on campus; if possible, consider taking on a more substantial role
  • Investigate schools and start developing a spreadsheet to track admissions and application requirements for the schools you are most interested in
  • Meet with your pre-health advisor to:
    • Strategize about your application timeline
    • Discuss your schedule for remaining pre-health coursework
    • Identify the best time for you to take the entry exam; visit the entry exam web site to find the best options for test dates and locations
    • Discuss letters of recommendation
  • If you're prepared and ready, register for and take the entry exam in spring
  • If you are considering a gap/bridge year, investigate a meaningful paid or volunteer health-related experience to complete during that time
  • Familiarize yourself with application services 
  • Complete third year pre-health coursework and other school-specific degree requirements

Over Summer

  • If applying to begin school following your senior year:
    • Complete the application
    • Work on secondary applications
    • Ask instructors, mentors, and advisors to write letters of recommendation for you
  • When you're prepared and ready, if you haven't taken the entry exam yet, or if you want to take the exam again, sign up to take the exam in the summer

College Year 4

  • You should be regularly consulting with your pre-health advisor to:
    • Discuss letters of recommendation
    • Discuss the status of your applications and the admission process for schools to which you've applied
  • If applying for enrollment immediately following senior year:
    • Complete supplementary application materials for schools to which you’ve applied
    • Prepare for your interviews and campus visits
  • Continue with your meaningful clinical experiences, other health related activities, volunteer work, research and/or leadership experiencesIf you are applying to start your program immediately following your senior year:
    • Receive acceptances!
    • Make decisions about your school choice
    • Notify schools that you will not be attending on or before the deadline given
    • Ensure that all financial aid forms are completed and submitted
  • Complete degree requirements and graduate

Summer Following Graduation

  • If enrolling immediately following senior year:
    • Purchase books and equipment and make appropriate living arrangements
  • Attend orientation programs and matriculate into school

Gap/Bridge Year (If applicable)

  • If applying for enrollment following a gap/bridge year(s):
    • Complete the primary application
    • Work on secondary applications
    • Ask instructors, mentors, and advisors to write letters of recommendation for you
  • Seek meaningful employment, education and/or experience
  • Pay down credit card and/or undergraduate debt as much as possible
  • Continue to consult regularly with your pre-health advisor throughout the process
  • Complete supplementary application materials for schools to which you’ve applied
  • Interview and take campus tours

Once Accepted

  • Make interim and final decisions about school choice
  • Notify schools that you will not be attending on or before the deadline given
  • Ensure that all IRS and financial aid forms are completed and submitted as early as possible
  • Purchase books and equipment and make appropriate living arrangements
  • Attend orientation programs and matriculate into school