Pre-Health Student Checklist

Student Checklist

Year one

  • Meet with a pre-health advisor to discuss pre-health curriculum
  • Begin prerequisite coursework typically chemistry and biology courses
  • Become involved with pre-health organizations and extracurricular activities
  • Gain clinical experience in the health field (shadowing, volunteering, employment)
  • Become familiar with the admissions process (and statistics) of your chosen field
  • Consider your back-up plan and select a major (everyone needs a back-up plan!)

Year two

  • Meet with a pre-health advisor to discuss curriculum, activities, and admission exam preparation
  • Continue completing prerequisite coursework and gaining clinical experience
  • Build relationships with faculty, advisors, and health care professionals they are future sources of recommendation letters
  • Attend health career fairs to learn more about your schools of interest
  • Stay involved in pre-health clubs and participate in community service

Year three - fall

  • May not apply to allied health professions, such as nursing
  • Meet with a pre-health advisor to ensure you are on track
  • Continue prerequisite coursework
  • Continue to gain clinical experience and volunteer
  • Begin serious preparation for the admission exam required by your profession (MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, or GRE)
  • Work on you personal statement

Year three spring

  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty, advisors, and / or health care professionals that know you
  • Interview with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (medical, dental, and optometry students only)
  • Decide which schools you want to apply to contact each school to learn about their specific admissions criteria and visit their campus
  • Complete prerequisite coursework and continue gaining experience and volunteering
  • Take the admission exam required by your profession


  • Submit an application to the centralized application site of your profession
  • Submit supplemental application materials to each school
  • Periodically contact each school to verify your application status
  • Meet with a pre-health advisor to prepare for upcoming interview
  • Continue involvement in clinical work and community service