The Pre-Health Advising Office is a valuable resource of information for students applying to profession programs in health-care, including medical, dental, optometry school or allied-health programs. Students are encouraged to begin meeting with our advisors and attend our orientation sessions as early as freshman year.
The advisors in our office are well-equipped to counsel students and help them navigate the application process for professional school. We also conduct informational sessions for all students, sponsor various programs, and partner with a network of campus-wide advisors as well as a variety of schools and professionals within the health professions.
Freshman & Sophomore Years
- Focus on Academic Excellence/Relationship Building
- Select a major that interests you and develop a well-rounded curriculum.
- Research health profession career options.
- Focus on maintaining a strong GPA.
- Get to know your professors, staff and administrators. You will need them for letters of recommendation.
- Attend a Pre-Health Orientation session for the fields you are interested in (Medical/Dental or Allied-Health)
- Sign up for the Pre-Health UGA listserv to receive relevant updates and information from our office.
- Complete first- and second-year coursework for your degree and pre-requisites for intended program.
- Participate in Extracurricular Activities
- Public service
- University activities
- Shadow a local doctor or other health-care professional.
- Volunteer/work in a hospital or other medical setting to obtain clinical exposure experience.
- Explore summer enrichment, research or internship opportunities.
- Maintain a strong GPA.
- Meet with an advisor in the Pre-Health Advising Office to discuss application process and entrance exams.
- Continue developing and maintaining relationships with faculty, staff and administrators.
- Contact potential letters of recommendation writers. Continue your clinical/hospital exposure experience and leadership roles.
- Prepare for entrance exams. Plan to take in Spring of junior year.
- Start exploring specific schools for the professional program for which you are interested.
- Explore open house opportunities for schools that interest you.
- Submit application to the central application service based upon the professional program to which you are applying (e.g., AMCAS, AADSAS, CASPA, etc.) in early Summer between junior and senior year.
- If applying for enrollment immediately following senior year, complete secondary applications, and prepare for interviews.
- Complete degree requirements and apply to graduate.
- Continue your clinical exposure and volunteer experience.
- After receiving acceptance letters, pick the best program for you.