Timeline

Below is a general timeline for all pre-health discplines.  For a printable version of this document, click here.

FRESHMAN YEAR

Advising:

  • Make an appointment with the pre-health advisor to introduce yourself, discuss the best way to sequence your classes and get acquainted with campus resources.
  • Meet with your CUSP advisor for pre-major course planning.
  • Begin thinking about what you will choose for a major.

Classes:  Complete first year pre-health coursework and other school-specific degree requirements

Explore

  • Research careers in health care and determine which area is right for you.
  • Learn about online resources the health field that you choose.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Advising

  • Check-in with the pre-health advisor to assess your academic progression.
  • Determine prerequisites and application process for entrance into your major.  Meet with an advisor from your major to learn about the structure of the program and how you can align prerequisites for health programs with major requirements.
  • Start developing relationships with faculty, advisors, and mentors on your campus

Classes:  Complete second year pre-health coursework and other school-specific degree requirements

Experience

  • Seek opportunities to volunteer, shadow health care professionals, and consider research opportunities on campus.
  • Pursue meaningful health experience and activities, volunteer work, research and/or leadership roles

SUMMER

Research:

  • Understand the application process for your chosen health field
  • Determine which schools you will apply to and start developing a spreadsheet to track admissions and application requirements for the schools you are most interested in
  • Start learning about the specifics regarding the entry exam required for your field.

Experience:  Consider an undergraduate research opportunity.

JUNIOR YEAR

Letters of Recommendation:

  • 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

Experience

  • Continue your participation in meaningful health experiences, other health related activities, volunteer work, research and/or leadership roles on campus

Advising:  Meet with your pre-health advisor to:

  • Strategize about your application timeline
  • Discuss your schedule for remaining pre-health coursework
  • Visit the website for your field’s entry exam to find the best options for test dates and locations and identify the best time for you to take the exam.
  • Discuss letters of recommendation. Determine how these are submitted to your online application.
  • Meet with major advisor to determine your graduation date.

Entry Exams:  If you're prepared and ready, register for and take the entry exam in spring or early summer.

SUMMER

Apply:  If applying to begin the year following your senior year:

  • Complete the online application for your health field.  Know the deadline for each school you are applying to.
  • Finalize your letters of recommendation.
  • Work on secondary applications
  • Ask instructors, mentors, and advisors to write letters of recommendation for you

Entry Exams:  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.

SENIOR YEAR

Advising:

  • Meet with pre-health advisors to discuss letters of recommendation and progression towards pre-health field.
  • Apply for graduation with your major advisor.
  • Complete degree requirements and graduate

Interviews:

  • Prepare for your interviews and campus visits

Experience:  Continue with your meaningful clinical experiences, other health related activities, volunteer work, research and/or leadership experiences.  If 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

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

 

 

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