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Timeline for Preparation

Fall and Spring of Year 1

  • Attend “Getting Started with Pre-Health” Seminar
  • Sign up for WVU Pre-Health Newsletter
  • Connect with WVU Pre-Health on Facebook
  • Get involved with pre-health student organizations on campus
  • Seek opportunities to volunteer, work, or shadow in a healthcare field of your interest
  • Start a journal to keep track of your experiences and help you prepare for essays and interviews down the road
  • Identify research opportunities on campus, if you are interested
  • Develop relationships with faculty members on campus
  • Create an Action Plan:
    • Plan your prerequisite coursework and supplemental courswork (e.g. classes that will help prepare you for an entrance exam or strengthen your application)
    • Brainstorm extracurricular activities and experiences that will strengthen your application (e.g. clinical experiences, service, leadership, research, study abroad, etc.)
    • Create a tentative plan for when you will take an entrance exam, if applicable
  • >Complete pre-requisite courses

Summer of Year 1

  • Volunteer, work, or shadow in a healthcare field of your interest
  • Summer research and enrichment programs
  • Complete prerequisite courses, if interested or necessary
  • Evaluate progress on Action Plan

Fall and Spring of Year 2 

  • Complete prerequisite courses
  • Pursue meaningful experiences related to your field of interest (clinical, service, leadership, research)
  • Apply for summer enrichment, research, or internship programs
  • Participate in Pre-Health activities on campus
  • Evaluate progress on Action Plan

Summer of Year 2

  • Pursue meaningful experiences related to your field of interest (clinical, service, leadership, research)
  • Participate in summer enrichment, research, or internship programs
  • Complete pre-requisite courses, if interested or necessary
  • Research:
    • Application process for programs of interest
    • Prepare application timeline
    • Entrance exam
    • Schools of interest
    • Fee assistance programs for application services and exam preparation
  • Evaluate progress on Action Plan

Fall Year 3

  • Complete prerequisite courses
  • Continue meaningful experiences related to your fieldof interest (clinical, service, leadership, research)
  • Identify the best time to take the entrance exam and registration deadlines
  • Study for the entrance exam
  • Consider which individuals you will ask to write strong, positive letters of recommendation on your behalf
  • Write your personal statement
  • Considering a gap year? Explore meaningful opportunities/experiences to complete during that time

Spring Year 3

  • Complete prerequisite courses
  • Continue meaningful experiences related to your field of interest (clinical, service, leadership, research)
  • If you haven’t done so already:
    • Identify the best time to take the entrance exam and registration deadlines
    • Study for the entrance exam
    • Consider which individuals you will ask to write strong, positive letters of recommendation on your behalf
    • Write your personal statement
  • Take entrance exam (if it is time, and you are prepared)
  • Prepare for committee letter process, if applicable
  • Familiarize yourself with application service for your programs of interest
  • Start application

Summer Year 3

  • Continue meaningful experiences related to your field of interest (clinical, service, leadership, research)
  • Complete committee letter process, if applicable
  • Prepare and submit your application early
  • If you haven’t done so already:
    • Identify the best time to take the entrance exam and registration deadlines
    • Study for the entrance exam
    • Consider which individuals you will ask to write strong, positive letters of recommendation on your behalf
    • Write your personal statement

Year 4

  • Continue meaningful experiences related to your field of interest (clinical, service, leadership, research)
  • If your progr am application process began in the summer:
    • Complete secondary applications, if applicable
    • Interview
    • Receive acceptances
  • Some fields have Applications and Acceptance Protocols. Review these, if applicable
  • If your program application begins in the fall:
    • Complete your application early
  • Apply for meaningful gap year experiences, if applicable
  • Complete degree requirements

Advisors Toolkit

If you are an academic advisor to a student interested in pursuing a healthcare profession, this toolkit is here to assist you in answering questions and getting them on the right track.

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