Gap Year

A Gap Year is the time between when you graduate and when you begin your health professional school. If you apply at the end of your senior year, you will be taking one gap year. If you apply at then end of your junior year, you will NOT have a gap year and will beging your health professional school a few months after you graduate.

Taking a GAP year? Check out what you can do: Explore Options

Gap Year vs. No Gap Year Comparison

GAP  YEAR NO GAP YEAR
4 years of your academic progress 3 years of your academic progress (only one year of upper division coursework on your application)
more time to develop relationships with faculty will not have the opportunity to submit letters from faculty during your senior year
more time to gain clinical, service, research, and leadership experience need to start getting experience ASAP (first year)
more prep time to take the standardized test that is required  less time to prepare for the standardized test
interviews will take place during your gap year when you have more free time interviews can take place during fall, winter, and early spring quarter of your senior year

Benefits of a Gap Year

Most health professional schools can be another 4+ years of education and training. Additionally, many schools may require a residency component, which can be another few years. Given this lengthy commitment, it would be wise to consider taking a break and recalibrating so you can be prepared for the academic and mental rigor of a health professional school.