Admission into a health professions school can very competitive. While each student applicant is different, gaining admission into a professional school includes the following general expectations:

  • A very solid academic performance, especially with high grades in science pre-requisite courses, as well as overall gpa. As a general rule, a 3.5 or above cumulative grade point average is desirable. Check with your institution of choice for their expectations.
  • Scoring well on standardized admissions tests (MCAT, DAT, PCAT, GRE, etc.). This not only demonstrates understanding of the subject material and critical reasonng skills, but also indicates ability to succeed on future exams, including professional licensing examinations. Various test preparations strategies are available, including self-study guides and preparation courses through various companies.
  • Hands-on experience is valuable experience. Training as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a good precursor for a pre-professional student.
  • Volunteer experience, including a substantial amount of exposure in your area of interest.  Professional school expect, or require this. Always check with your school of choice for their specific requirements, but in general, experiences should:
    • show that you work well with a wide variety of people (showing leadership is good)
    • show the you like to help people (philanthropies)
    • show that you have learned about your chosen profession through clinical experience with patient contact informational interviews/discussions with practitioners, etc.
    • There are a number of student clubs on campus that provide a wide variety of volunteer activities and opportunities. Check them out here.
  • Positive letters of reference. It is important for you to interact with your professors early in your college career so they are familiar with you, your capabilities and your goals.
    • Schools often require two science, faculty, two non-science faculty, and two personal letters. Check with your desired school for their specific requirements.
    • The Health Sciences Recommendations Committee offers students the opportunity to practice interview skills while providing advice and guidance throughout the process.  The Committee produces a recommendation letter that is accepted as two letters for most professional schools.
  • Well-prepared application, including essays. Use the Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE) for help with your applications and essays.
  • Be prepared for your interviews. This is your opportunity to speak with the admissions committee members to tell them why you have chosen your profession and why you will make a good medical professional. Experience helps!

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119