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Close Guidance and Assistance in Discovering Your Career in Healthcare 

Students meet with the Pre-Health Sciences Adviser several times a year to learn about specific requirements for admission to professional school, to obtain volunteer and mentoring experiences, and to get feedback and support. Resources include seminars, group activities and projects so that students with health science interests can experience a sense of community and direction. The advising program provides close guidance and assistance during the application process.

A wide range of choices
Health science fields range from biotechnology, pharmaceutical sales, technical support, and organizational psychology to industrial safety, mental health, and health administration. Professional titles include: medical doctor, counselor, physical therapist, dentist, psychologist, industrial hygienist, veterinarian medical research scientist, and hospital administrator.

Pre-health advising
Through the many years of advising pre-health professions students, we have found a certain format which best helps them decide the right what role for them in health care (medical school isn't right for everyone), and assists in successful application to medical or other health professional schools. One of the reasons that Clarkson students have been so successful in getting into good health professional schools is that they get personal attention and guidance throughout this procedure. Students should begin preparing for the application process in their first year at college. In general, during their first two years at college, students should be developing their credentials through course work and experiences in the medical community. In their junior year, students should be building a portfolio to draw from in crafting their applications. In their senior year, students will be involved in the application and admissions process.

First year students should ask:

  • What courses do I need?
  • How do I build a four-year plan?
  • What does it take to get into professional school?
  • Who is the pre-health professions adviser at Clarkson?
  • How do I get experience to help me decide on my future career?
  • What are standardized tests such as MCAT, DAT and GRE?

Second year students should ask:

  • Where can I learn  about health careers and get hands-on experience?
  • What do professional schools in my state require for admission?
  • Do I need letters of recommendation, and who will write them?
  • Will my credentials be competitive for professional school?
  • When do I take the standardized tests?

Third year students should ask:

  • How do I register for the standardized tests such as MCAT?
  • How do I study and review for these exams?
  • What should I ask for in letters of recommendation?
  • What if I'm a transfer student?
  • Where should I apply?
  • What is a centralized application service?
  • What should I say in my personal statement?

Fourth year students should ask:

  • What are supplementary applications?
  • What is an interview like? What questions do they ask about ethics?
  • What can I do now to make my application look better?
  • How do I decide which school to attend?
  • How do I pay for my medical education?

Excellent majors for pre-health professions students:

Entrance into professional studies in the health sciences is possible with any bachelor's degree. However, a number of degree programs at Clarkson provide an especially strong career foundation. These include:

  • Biology
  • Bio-Molecular Science
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Physics (Biological Physics)
  • Psychology


Networking with Clarkson alumni in the medical field enabled me to find a summer research position in a neurobiology lab at a prestigious medical school. The opportunity to do medically relevant research as an undergraduate is a key step in my journey to becoming a doctor.