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Pre-Professional Advising


Advisors for Pre-Professional Students

Lesli Hall, (859) 257-7137, A-H
John Hurak, (859) 257-4036, I-R
Ryan Sallee, (859) 257-1735, S-Z

 

Timeline


Freshman Year

  • Subscribe to the Pre-Med-Listserve.
  • Begin taking the basic requirements for admission to pre-professional school, as well as courses that will satisfy UKCore requirements for graduation. Get to know your professors by using their office hours and letting them know you - you will later need letters of recommendation from them!
  • Attend the introductory group meeting for freshmen pre-professional students. Meetings usually occur in September and October. Details are posted to the Pre-Med Listserve.
  • Some of the best things you can do now to prepare for the MCAT, DAT, or OAT are to attend class, develop good study habits, study hard, and read in a broad variety of subject areas. Expect to study about 20-25 hours a week. You will need A's and B's to be a competitive applicant. If you need help with study skills contact the Study
  • Take advantage of review sessions and tutoring offered by the departments, residence halls, and other campus resources. Or, if necessary, inquire at the Study or ask a teacher or your advisor about getting a tutor.
  • Attend meetings of pre-professional student organizations to hear from practicing physicians or dentists, deans of admissions, medical or dental students and others, and to become involved in community service projects.
  • Meet with your pre-professional advisor according to the alphabetical dissimilation corresponding to your last name to discuss your pre-professional plans. Please note: pre-professional advisors are not available for appointments during spring and fall priority registration. Schedule an appointment. Pre-Professional advisors are located in 109 Miller Hall.
  • Watch your credit rating! Be aware that professional schools will ask for a credit report on you, so be very, very careful with credit cards, loans, etc., during college.
  • In your second semester begin volunteer work in service organizations and/or medical settings.

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Sophomore Year

  • Subscribe to the Pre-Med Listserve
  • If you recently developed a pre-professional interest attend the introductory group meeting for freshmen pre-professional students. Meetings usually occur in September and October. Details are posted to the Pre-Med Listserve.
  • Continue taking the pre-professional science courses as well as those toward your degree.
  • If you have not declared your major, be sure you do so by the spring of your sophomore year. Once you declare, your primary advisor will be a faculty member in your major department. The pre-professional advisors in Miller Hall will continue to assist you with your pre-professional plans.
  • Continue to develop relationships with your faculty. You will need letters of recommendation.
  • Become involved in one or more student organizations on campus. Try to obtain a leadership position in one of them.
  • Continue volunteer work in service organizations and/or medical settings.
  • Put together a list of professional schools where you might apply, and begin to research them.
  • Start planning to cover application costs.
  • Meet with a pre-professional advisor to discuss how things are going.
  • Look into internships or opportunities for research for the summer or next fall.

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Junior Year

  • Subscribe to the Pre-Med-Listserve.
  • In the fall attend the general group meeting for students preparing to apply to a professional program to learn about Admissions Test, Application Procedures, and Letters of Recommendation. Meetings usually occur in September and October. Details are posted to the Pre-Med Listserve.
  • After you have attended the introductory group meeting, meet with your pre-professional advisor according to the alphabetical dissimilation corresponding to your last name to discuss your pre-professional plans. Please note: pre-professional advisors are not available for appointments during spring and fall priority registration. Schedule an appointment. Pre-Professional advisors are located in 109 Miller Hall.
  • Complete requirements for admission (and for subjects covered by the MCAT, DAT, or OAT) during the year. Plan a lighter course load for the semester you plan on taking the professional admission test to allow for exam preparation.
  • Continue volunteer work in service organizations and/or medical settings.
  • Read the information on Admission Test and Application Procedures for the professional program you are considering.  Begin serious preparation for the profession school admission test (MCAT, DAT, OAT) in December-January. Consult with your pre-professional advisor about ways to prepare.
  • Plan to take at least one full-length practice admission test before you take the official one.
  • Look into internships or opportunities for research for the summer or next fall.
  • Develop a plan if you do not get into the professional school the first time. Graduate programs, employment, other careers are a few options to consider.
  • If you are considering applying through the Early Decision Program, please discuss it with your pre-professional advisor and the admissions officer at the professional school itself.
  • Register online for the admission test. Consult the web sites for each test and be sure to observe registration deadlines.
  • Take the admission test (MCAT, DAT, OAT) in spring or summer. Be sure to release your scores!
  • Dates and times for the Applicant Information Sessions will be posted to the Pre-Med Listserve.
  • Compile a resume to give to your faculty evaluators. This should include your GPA, major, campus activities, community service, medical-related experience, honors and awards, paid work, and a statement on why you desire to become a health care professional.
  • Request letters of recommendation. Most schools require a minimum of two letters from science faculty and one additional letter. Please refer to each school for specific guidelines. Provide each person with a copy of your transcript, your resume, and set a time for each person to interview you.
  • In May, visit the centralized application website for the schools that you wish to apply and become familiar with navigating important information applicant recourses.
    1. Each centralized application varies on specific requirements. The applications (AMCAS, ACOMAS, AADSAS, AACPMAS) also vary in their instructions about supplementary material, e.g. what goes directly to the school vs. what goes directly to the centralized application center.
    2. Print out and review the application instruction book, use the application worksheet so that you are familiar with the questions that will appear on the application, and calculate your science GPA (average of biology, chemistry, physics, and math grades).
    3. After you have read ALL instructions, register and set up a primary application account online.
    4. Fill out and complete the centralized application and send all requested supplementary material, such as all official transcripts.
  • Individual professional schools to which you applied will send secondary applications. Complete and return those applications directly to the schools as soon as possible.

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Senior Year

  • Interviews will begin in the fall semester and continue well into the spring semester. Be prepared to travel for interviews.
  • Soon after January 1, you should apply for financial aid for professional school.
  • Please let the Pre-Professional Advising office know the results of your application and feedback from interviews.
  • Reopen a file for letters of recommendation if you're not accepted by April

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