Years One and Two

Direct Entry (textbooks)Some of the most critical course work you take and plans you make in preparation for entry into a medical or other healthcare professional school begins in the first two undergraduate years. Read more….

If you would like to see what Purdue Calumet courses meet required or recommended courses for various professions, just click on one of the links below:

Veterinary Medicine
Physician Assistant
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Volunteer work
VolunteersIf you have not already developed a plan for volunteering or working in a health provider setting, it is time to get started. Discuss volunteer and shadow activities with your pre-professional advisor. It is important to learn what types of activities are expected, or required, by the professional schools in which you are interested. Read more….

Extracurricular activities
ExtracurricularsHealth professional schools seek well-rounded individuals. Your extracurricular activities speak to this. Taking on leadership roles further underscore that you are the kind of student these schools are looking for. Some of the common activities that fall into this area include:

Student pre-med or pre-health organizations.
Student government.
Community, national, or international volunteer work.

Advisor with a studentAs a student tracking in a pre-health career path, you will likely have two advisers; a primary adviser to guide your course selections, and a secondary adviser (often a faculty member), who may help you with career mentoring and other aspects of preparation for admission into the health professional school of your choice. As you develop them, make sure to keep all of your advisors aware of your plans and activities so that they know how to best guide and advise you.

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