Upper Iowa Timeline for Pre-Professional Careers
- Gather information on all health-care professions that interest you
- Select major program
- Begin pre-professional core science courses
- Begin professional observations and job-shadowing experiences
- Consider health-related volunteer opportunities.
- Establish good study skills. Academics come first!
- Become familiar with the university and all of the resources available to you.
- Get involved with a club or organization that interests you!
- Get to know faculty - they are a great resource for major/career information and for future references and letters of recommendation.
- Take the time to develop relationships with faculty members – they are a great resource for major/career information and for future references and letters of recommendation.
- Research health professional schools you want to apply to and learn about specific requirements.
- Work on study habits and time-management skills that will allow you to improve your grades, or keep your grades at a high level in increasingly rigorous courses.
- Start preparing for standardized exams by reviewing material covered in your introductory science courses.
- Continue involvement in extra-curricular activities that develop desirable personality traits and provide relevant experience.
- Begin to explore research opportunities.
- Register for pre-professional exams (i.e. MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, PCAT, etc.)
- Complete pre-professional exam.
- Early summer: Complete primary application (provided through standardized service where application information is dispersed to schools of choice.
- Following the initial application, as soon as possible: Complete “secondary” applications, send letters of reference.
- Continue and/or expand your involvement with student clubs/organizations and community activities/volunteer programs.
- Begin to write your personal statement and refine interviewing skills.
- Refine your interviewing skills and set up a mock interview(s).
- Early fall term/winter term: Go to interviews.