Frequently Asked Health Questions

Last updated: 25 May 2018

PAC is a walk-in resource center. What exactly does that mean?

PAC is a walk-in resource center, meaning that no appointments are necessary! If a student is interested in getting advising, they can walk in anytime without having made an appointment in advance.

How can I make an appointment with a pre-health advisor?

Although appointments are not required to see a peer advisor, if you prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can visit our scheduling page for pre-health academic advising.

To meet with the Director, schedule an appointment or for specific questions, see her walk-in schedule here.

Are certain majors recommended or required for students interested in the health professions?

Certain fields that have a bachelor’s degree as the entry-level degree (e.g., nursing, dental hygiene, medical technology, etc.) usually require students to complete a specific undergraduate major before become a licensed professional. Most graduate level health professions (medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, etc.) do not recommend or require that students have a specific undergraduate degree. Students interested in these programs have the liberty to complete any major they choose, so long as they complete certain prerequisite courses prior to admission. You can visit our webpage at Choosing Your Major for more information.

What classes should I take?

Every professional school requires different prerequisite courses. To find information about the prerequisites, look through the Admission Requirements Books available in PAC. Prerequisites can also be found by searching through national or individual schools’ online websites, but that is much more time-consumig. To get you started, PAC offers compiled lists of prerequisites for a variety of health professions.

Does PAC have a library of materials available to students?

Yes, PAC does have a library of materials available for student use. Some materials are available for borrowing, but others are reference material that must remain in the office. Students are able to utilize reference material as long as they do so in the PAC office. If you would like to view a list of books we offer as well as the guidelines for borrowing from us, visit PAC Lending Library.

How do I look at the Health-related reference material in the office?

While you are not allowed to take reference materials out of the PAC office, you can always look at any of the reference materials while in the office. Our office offers a variety of different resources: Test prep books, directories on health careers, and professional school admission requirements among others. Just ask a PAC advisor to help you find the resource you are interested in, and turn in your ID while you are browsing through the references. Don’t worry, this is just a measure taken to prevent students from accidentally walking away with reference material and it will be returned to you once you are done browsing!

How can I find experience and personal development opportunities?

A list of health-related opportunities can be found on our website by looking under our Experience and Opportunity webpage. It is in your best interest to gain experience in your desired health profession. By being involved extracurricular opportunities, you learn whether your desired health profession is the best fit for you. Please note that some professional schools require a large amount of certain extracurricular activities such as shadowing or hands-on, patient contact experience.

What GPA do I need to have to be a competitive applicant?

While some professionals schools set minimum GPA requirements, these are generally well below what a competitive applicant would have. There is no GPA that will guarantee you admission to a specific professional program, and what is considered a “competitive” GPA varies by the health field you are interested in pursuing. For example, having a 3.5 science and cumulative GPA does not necessarily make you a competitive applicant for all health fields. GPA is not everything however, and schools also look at other factors like extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and volunteer work when considering your application.

What factors do admissions committees consider in the application process?

While the application process differs from field to field, admissions committees will often look at applicants’ undergraduate GPAs, entrance exam scores, letters of recommendation, essays, extracurricular activities (including community service and health-related experiences), and interview results.

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