Where Do I Start?


Preparing for Professional School

The journey to becoming a successful applicant to professional schools starts with preparation. Here you will find guidance and resources on navigating your path to professional school.

Major Exploration

All pre-health students must pick a major in order to graduate from MSU. Pre-health students can choose ANY major that MSU offers and can research major options through MSU Academic Programs. Professional schools do not factor your major into admission decisions, so students who select a major solely or primarily because they perceive that it will enhance their chance of acceptance to professional school are not making a decision that is in their best interest.

Health Career Exploration

Pre-health students are encouraged to explore a variety of different healthcare careers to ensure that they are pursuing a health care profession that is a good fit. We recommended utilizing Explore Health Careers as a part of your health career exploration.

Additional Preparation Resources

Pre-Health Student Timeline

General freshman-senior year guide for preparing for professional school. Be sure to talk with your pre-health advisor to create a personalized schedule that works for you.
 

Pre-Health Self-Evaluation (Download)

To be a successful candidate for a health professions program and a practitioner in that field, you should periodically perform a self-assessment to help discern your strengths and weaknesses. This evaluation form is a tool to help you evaluate your current preparedness for professional school.


Budgeting

Information regarding the costs of the professional school application process from start to finish
 

Health-Related Elective Courses 

The following are health-related, non-science courses at MSU. Some may also be requirements for professional school programs or may count towards MSU university, college, or major requirements, so be sure to consult with your major advisor and your pre-health advisor.

 

Summer Courses At Another Institution

Many pre-health students choose to continue their coursework while at home during the summer breaks. If you are planning on taking summer courses at another institution, here are the steps to take in order to transfer credits back to MSU successfully.


Co-Curricular Opportunities

Information on a variety of volunteering, internship, study abroad, summer, and research opportunities.
 

Pre-Health Co-Curricular Activities Log (Download)

You should be keeping track of all of your co-curricular activities, such as volunteering, work, health care experiences, and research. Regularly maintaining this list will make it much easier to fill out applications later.
 

10 Good Reasons to Consider Gap Years

Gap years (or Glide Years) are the time in between undergraduate and professional/graduate school and can assist in helping you maximize your potential to be a successful applicant to professional schools.