Certain prerequisite courses are required to apply to and for admissions’ test preparation, but applicants can weave these courses into ANY curriculum. Students are more likely to excel in those academic areas that they enjoy . Unfortunately, success in high school courses does not guarantee success in college. Competitive grades are critical to being a successful applicant. Students should be encouraged to study the major of their choice . Less than 50% of the applicants for the fall 2008 class will be admitted to US medical schools. ALL applicants to the professional schools need a “Plan B” and a major they can perceive as such.
Admissions’ committees will review the ENTIRE application including: MCAT/DAT/GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement of intent, clinical exposure to medicine, evidence of the applicant’s sincerity, maturity, knowledge of medicine, etc. Admissions’ Committees would question great disparity between high grades and a low MCAT score and conversely a high MCAT score with a weaker academic record. Applicants need to strive for excellence overall in their application.
So You Want to be a Doctor, Dentist, Vet, Chiropractor…, Essential Knowledge for Prehealth Students Dalene M. Aylward, Prehealth Advisor Libby Morsheimer, Coordinator of Preprofessional Advising Nicole Schwab, Prehealth Advisor University at Buffalo
Excellent academic credentials is a critical piece of the application, but alone it is not enough. Admissions’ committees will review the ENTIRE application. Applicants need to strive for overall excellence.
Minimize repeated courses as ALL courses are viewed and considered.
ALTERNATIVES TO DOCTORAL LEVEL HEALTH CAREERS Nurse Practitioner Respiratory Therapist Occupational Therapist Physician’s Assistant Speech therapist Physical Therapist Counselor Pharmaceutics Perfusionist Drug Information Specialists Psychologist Cardiovascular technologist Medical Technician Biomedical Programmer Nuclear Medical Technician Biomedical Engineer This list is not exhaustive. ..