Pre-Health Programs Library
The Pre-Health Programs office library contains a wealth of valuable information, including:
- directories of medical/health programs
- books that help you to learn about a variety of health professions
- internship opportunities
- funding resources
- test preparation materials
- Preparing for Health Care Professions - Frequently Asked Questions
- Planning Health Courses General
- Planning Health Courses
- Parents Weekend Presentation
- Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experience
- Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Prerequisites
- Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Applications
- Application Workshop
- Writing the Personal Statement
- Calculating Your Science GPA
- Writing a Science Resume
- Pre-Application Kit
- Interview Questions Health Professions
Pre-Health advising is available to you beginning your first semester, primarily through the Office of Pre-Health Programs. Faculty members from the Committee on the Health Professions are also available to help you with aspects of identifying and preparing for a career in the health professions that is right for you. Often, you will find that you have Committee members as professors in your prerequisite science courses. As you enter the application process, typically in the spring of your junior or senior year, you should plan to ask a member of the Committee, or any other faculty member who knows you well enough, to serve as the author of your Committee letter of Recommendation.
All students who are applying to post-graduate programs in the health professions should formally declare their intentions to the Committee no later than March 31 of the year in which they are planning to begin their application. Students declare their intent by completing a pre-application packet, available at the Pre-Health Programs office. This packet is intended to help optimize the student’s efforts in completing an application that will be successful, and to aid the committee in supporting the student’s application. Students who fail to submit a pre-application packet by the deadline may not receive the full support of the committee.
Most schools require you to submit results from a standardized exam as part of your application. The most commonly required exams are the MCAT and GRE, but certain programs will require different exams (e.g., DAT for dental school, OAT for optometry school, PCAT for pharmacy school). A complete list, with links to the exam Web sites, can be found on the Graduate Study Resources page. Normally, you should plan to take standardized exams in the spring of your junior year. However, don’t take any test until you have taken the necessary prerequisites. Wait until you have the courses under your belt. The Office of Pre-Health Programs works with Kaplan to provide prep courses at reduced costs for the DAT, GRE and MCAT (in person courses are usually taught at MHC in the spring semester).