Once you have explored the various health professions and selected a specific path, the next step is to prepare. Preparing for any health professional school takes passion, commitment, and strategic planning! Given that it can take 3-4 years just to get ready to apply, it is critical to know your timeline. 

Each tab below is recommended for applying to any health professional school. Visit your health professional school's page to learn more about specific requirements. 

Steps to Preparing for a Health Professional School:

1. Academic Preparation: Take all of the pre-requisites. Every health profession has its own unique set of pre-requisites, however many overlap. 

2. Healthcare/Clincial Experience: The fastest way to know if a healthcare profession is right for you is to do something! Volunteer at a hospital, clinic, or other healthcare setting.

3. Service/Volunteer: Demonstrate that you care by doing something that is of service to disadvantaged and marginalized communities. 

4. Leadership: Take a lead role on a project or team. Strong leadership roles can set you apart from other candidates.

5. Research: While not a requirement for all health professions, it can strengthen your application if you've been published or produced a product. Research also can give you a different perspective when discussing why you want to pursue a health profession.

6. Developing Professional RelationshipsLetters of evaluation/recommendation are only as good as the relationship you have cultivated with your professors. Be sure to start early and get to know faculty. They can serve as mentors and guide you throughout your academic and professional journey.

7. Wow/X-Factor: What distinguishes you from other applicants? They can be awards and honors, but they may also be intangible characteristics such as resiliency, grit, or perserverance. Do you have a theme in your life of working with refugees, underserved communities, or children with disabilities? If you're not sure what your wow/x-factor is, ask someone! Oftentimes, what you may see as "normal" are what others see as extraordinary.