Pre-Health Student Checklist

Year One

-          Meet with a pre-health advisor to discuss pre-health curriculum

-          Begin prerequisite coursework – typically chemistry and biology courses

-          Become involved with pre-health organizations and extracurricular activities

-          Gain clinical experience in the health field (shadowing, volunteering, employment)

-          Become familiar with the admissions process (and statistics) of your chosen field

-          Consider your back-up plan and select a major (everyone needs a back-up plan!)

Year Two

-          Meet with a pre-health advisor to discuss curriculum, activities, and exam preparation

-          Continue completing prerequisite coursework and gaining clinical experience

-          Build relationships with facility, advisors, and medical professionals – they are future sources of recommendation letters

-          Attend health profession fairs to learn more about your schools of interest

-          Stay involved in pre-health clubs and participate in community service

Year Three - Fall

-          Meet with a pre-health advisor to ensure you are on track

-          Continue prerequisite coursework

-          Continue to gain clinical experience and volunteer

-          Begin serious preparation for the admission exam required by your profession (MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, or GRE)

-          Work on your personal statement

Year Three – Spring

-          Request letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors, and / or health care professionals that know you

-          Interview with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (medical, dental, and optometry students only)

-          Decide which schools you want to apply to – contact each school to learn about their specific admissions criteria and visit their campus

-          Complete prerequisite coursework and continue gaining experience and volunteering

-          Take the admission exam required by your profession


-          Submit an application to the centralized application site of your profession

-          Submit supplemental application materials to each school

-          Periodically contact each school to verify your application status

-          Meet with a pre-health advisor to prepare for upcoming interview

-          Continue involvement in clinical work and community service