Chemistry Department

General Timeline for Pre-Professional Health Science Majors

Freshman:
• Get to know your pre-professional advisors and other professors.
• Research the professional schools that you might wish to attend; note their requirements for admission.
• Read some general books on strategies for successful admission.
• Surf the World Wide Web and see what's available on-line. You can find a lot of good information on the web.
• Volunteer/community service
• Join Clubs
o Pre-Scripts, 2nd & 4th Wed/Month @ 5:00 in DSB 106 (Pre-Med and Pre-Pharmacy)
o Student National Medical Association (Pre-Med)
o Delta Delta Sigma (Pre-Dental and Pre-Dental Hygiene)
o Women in Science and Engineering
• Get experience in your pre-professional field.
• STUDY HARD and maintain a good GPA in all courses, especially science courses.

Sophomore:
• Make sure basic science courses needed for the professional tests are completed.
• Start studying for the MCAT/PCAT/DAT; learn about the preview courses available.
• Familiarize yourself with the application procedure, but don't apply yet.
• Volunteer/community service
• Join clubs
• Get experience in your pre-professional field.
• STUDY HARD and maintain a good GPA in all courses, especially science courses.

Summer: plan on pursuing an internship, research, volunteer, etc.

Junior:
Fall:
• Study for the MCAT/PCAT/DAT/OAT/GRE
• Start on your personal statement.

Spring:
• Take the MCAT/PCAT/DAT/OAT/GRE. (It is not recommended to delay until August.)
• Work on your personal statement. Give it to your advisors and other professors to look at.
• Sign up for and have your interviews with the pre-professional advisory committee in KUC 316.

Summer: Pre-Meds- File applications as soon as possible but do not send the application in before June 1st.
Pre-Pharmacy - File the PHARMCAS and non-PHARMCAS applications as soon as possible but do not send the application in before June 1st.

Late Summer and Fall: complete secondary application.

Senior:
• Have your interviews with pre-professional advisory committee (if not completed in Junior year).
• Prepare for and go to any interviews that you are offered. Research the schools in advance and look at interview web sites. This is a great web site to prepare for interviews for professional schools: www.studentdoctor.net