Below are resources for current and post-bac students on a pre-health track. Please refer to the timeline as well, created by current medical students.
Created by Dr. Bright, this study guide outlines steps and a timeline for studying major exams, such as the MCAT, DAT, and boards.
"One of the major goals of NC-HCAP is to grow the health care work force by increasing students’ interest in health careers and providing them with opportunities to improve their competitiveness for admission into health professional schools."
"AAMC program that focuses on increasing diversity in medicine. Includes FAQs and resources that can help you navigate the path towards medical school."
- List of Summer Programs
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program: National Program with various sites
Interested in strengthening your foundation in the sciences, improving your science GPA, or becoming a second career student? Click the link above for to see a compiled list of post-baccalaureate programs to suit your needs created by Syracuse University.
Below are other post-baccalaureate and masters programs.
- Premedical Postbaccalaureate Programs
You can also search the AAMC search engine for premedical post-baccalaureate programs: https://services.aamc.org/postbac/index.cfm
*Premedical postbacc programs are applicable to predental students
- Pre-Dental Post-Baccalaureate Programs
- Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate and Master's Programs
- Public Health Opportunities for Pre-Health Students: http://www.publichealth.org/degree/masters/
A Framework for Success
Pre-Health Education (Traditional)
Freshman | Establish yourself academically to create a baseline for success
- 12-15 credit hours - no more
- Take basic science courses in biology and chemistry regardless of major
- Take psychology, sociology electives
- Get involved with pre-health groups, pre-health advising
- Get started with community service, volunteering, and shadowing
- Academic program
- Get a big buddy (professional health student mentor)
- Get a professional mentor (person in the field in which you are interested)
- Continue shadowing and gain exposure to VARIOUS health fields (Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, etc.)
Sophomore | Maintain and improve academically
- 15-18 credit hours
- Research admissions requirements for programs of interest
- Plan out MCAT, DAT, PCAT, GRE prep and start reviewing
- Meet with pre-health advisors and directors to discuss plans
- Academic Program
Junior | Maintain and improve academically (lighter load 14-16 credit hours)
- Continue and dig deeper into test prep (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, or GRE)
- Start to identify recommendation letter writers (2nd semester)
- Plan to take test (2nd semester → April time frame)
- Personal statement (2nd semester)
- Open application and complete
- Academic programs
Senior | Maintain academics
- Remainder credit hours
- Complete secondaries
- Letters of recommendation
- Mock interview
- Choose school to attend
- Regroup and address weaknesses
- Enjoy summer or spend time addressing holes/weaknesses in your application