Applying to Health Professional Schools

Wooden Health Care Wheel

The goal of being a health care professional – and therefore being accepted to professional school – is a lofty one and should not be taken lightly.  It is also an honorable goal and worth the attention and effort you will be putting forth to develop a competitive application.

The office of Health Professions Advising offers several services to assist you during the application process.  Although many, if not most, medical and dental schools highly recommend that you utilize the services of an HPA office if one exists on your campus, the choice is ultimately yours. It is your responsibility to take ownership of the process.

In general, applications to health professional schools involve three components:

The Numbers – Mastery of the appropriate pre-requisite courses with good to excellent science and total GPAs.  Good to excellent entrance exam scores. Evidence of academic preparation and intellectual capacity should be documented by at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Informed Decision – Acquiring the exposure, both personally and intellectually, to the field of medicine and your specific career track.  Applicant should be proficient at articulating health care issues and the role of said professional in the health care delivery system.   Evidence of an informed decision making process and suitability for the profession should be documented by a letter of recommendation from a clinical provider.

Life Experience – Integration into the community, pursuit of passions and interests, and commitment to the well being of others provides evidence of compassion, personal balance and interpersonal skills.  Evidence of less tangible attributes, such as time management, empathy, integrity, reliability and motivation should be documented by a letter of recommendation from an employer, supervisor, or director.

Career Options

 Allopathic Medicine - 
A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists and therapists) that treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery.
Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology-
 assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.
Chiropractic -
is the primary care professional for spinal health and well-being.
We are interested in and care for the whole person. Chiropractic is a natural conservative form of health care.
 Counseling/Therapy- 
The process by which a professional counselor helps a person cope with mental or emotional distress, and understand and solve personal problems.
Dentistry
provides preventative and restorative care to keep people healthy
and to alleviate pain and treat patients' oral health needs.
 EMT/EMS 
are clinicians, trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes.
Naturopathic Medicine-
 is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person's inherent self -healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae.
Occupational Therapy-
 is a health and wellness profession that assists people in developing the skills that they need
in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play. Occupational Therapists distinct value is to improve health and
quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations.
Optometry-
 is the primary healthcare practice for the eye and the front line protectors of vision. 
Osteopathic Medicineprovides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery,
and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the benefit of hands-on diagnosis
and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Pharmacy-
 a pharmacists play a vital role on the healthcare team through the medicine and information
they provide to other providers and patients. Pharmacists can practice and specialize in any area of healthcare
and while responsibilities vary among different areas of pharmacy practices, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well.
Physical Therapy-
 is the practice of health care professionals who examine, diagnosis,
and treat conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life.
A primary role of physical therapists is to develop a plan of care and apply proven techniques to improve or restore mobility.
Physician Assistant-
 Practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. They take medical histories,
conduct physical exams, diagnosis and treat illness, write prescriptions, deliver babies and assist in surgeries.
Podiatry-
is the health professional who works independently , utilizes x-rays and laboratory tests and diagnostic purposes,
prescribes medications, orders physical therapy, sets fractures and performs surgery.
Public Health-
 professionals focus on preventing disease  and injury while promoting healthy life styles.