Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising

Four-Year Plan for Pre-Health Students

In addition to fulfilling all required coursework for your area of interest, there are activities in which you should engage at different points in your undergraduate career. Not only will these activities help you ascertain whether or not your career path is the right one for you, they will contribute to your training and enhance your chances of being accepted into a professional program. Below is a year by year guide to supplement your academic studies at Butler. In addition to consulting it, you should also meet with your pre-health professions advisor, Dr. Samide, for more individualized guidance

First Year

  • Earn the best grades possible
  • Attend the preprofessional meetings (fall and spring) for freshmen
  • Meet with your academic advisor so that he or she knows you are planning on a health related career and discuss course selection
  • Meet with your pre-health professions advisor, Dr. Samide, to discuss course selection and receive recommendations for extra- and co-curricular activities
  • Attend pre-health professions related lectures and events on campus
  • Get to know your professors better so that they can guide you during your undergraduate career and serve as faculty recommenders when you apply for internships and professional schools
  • Hand out evaluation forms to your professors
  • Seek out volunteer and internship opportunities for summer break
  • Look for any job shadowing opportunities
  • Plan ahead if you intend on studying abroad or take part in the Washington Learning Program

 

 

Second Year

  • Continue to earn good grades, meet with your advisors and professors, and seek out volunteer, work, mentoring, and job shadowing opportunities
  • Continue to give professors evaluation forms
  • Attend pre-health professions activities and events offered by the CHASE Office.
  • Engage in self-assessment activities to help clarify your interests and reveal your strengths and weaknesses
  • Participate in the Physician Mentoring Program offered through the CHASE Office if you are pre-medicine
  • Look for research opportunities on campus, such as BSI, if you intend on conducting health-related research
  • Take practice admission tests to familiarize yourself with the exam and learn your strengths and weaknesses so that you can prepare for the actual exam
  • Begin to research potential programs
  • Meet with the pre-health professions advisor, Dr. Samide, for your sophomore review during spring semester

Third Year

  • Continue to earn good grades, meet with your advisors and professors, and seek out volunteer, work, mentoring, and job shadowing opportunities
  • Attend pre-health professions activities and events offered by the CHASE Office, the Pre-Health Society, and/or the Pre-Dental Club
  • Continue to prepare for admission tests
  • Enroll in a test preparation class
  • Register and take admission tests [The MCAT, DAT, and OAT are often taken spring semester of your junior year.]
  • Research professional programs
  • Choose your authors for your Recommendation Letters. You will need two science faculty recommendations and one non-science faculty recommendation.
  • Begin the application process*
  • Complete and turn in your application as early as is allowed
  • Engage in mock interviews

*In addition to each programs' application, there are centralized application services for medical, dental, and veterinary school. See American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) for medical schools, American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) for podiatric schools, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) for osteopathy schools, Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) for dental schools, and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) for veterinary schools.

Fourth Year

  • Complete your supplemental application forms
  • Arrange for interviews
  • Check that all application materials have been sent to the appropriate programs
  • Let recommenders and advisors know the results