Traditional Four-Year Student Advisement
This program works with typical undergraduate (science or non-science major) students in their preparation toward entrance into health professional schools. Transfer students are also included in this program. Students are advised throughout their years about academic prerequisites and other necessary credentials for entrance into these schools.
First and Second Years
During the first and second years students are advised on how to develop a plan to prepare for a successful application to a health professional school. Integration of academics, extracurricular activities, employment, clinical experience, and personal development is stressed. The variety of health professions is introduced and discussed.
Personal Academic Advisement:
As with all La Salle undergraduates, each student is assigned a personal academic advisor to assist the student prepare a curriculum appropriate for the student's life goals. (The academic advisor is a full time faculty member who teaches in the department of the student's major.) The First and Second year Health Professions Advisor is also available to assist students with particular questions concerning preparation for health professional schools.
Third and Forth Years
In order to be reviewed by the committee, you must go through the Pre-health advisement process (both group advisement and individual advisement) for the academic year prior to applying to a health professional school. Students who fail to request pre-health advisement before Dec 1 of the academic year (prior to applying to health professional schools) will have to wait until the following year to be advised and reviewed by the committee.
Personal Pre-Health Professional Application Advising:
The student is matched with a personal, trained, experienced advisor who will assist the student prepare applications to professional schools. Assistance is provided with selection of appropriate schools, preparation of the personal essay, solicitation of letters of evaluation, and preparation for standardized testing. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor every two to three weeks throughout the year.
Group advisement is particularly intense during the junior year. Students are guided through the processes of taking standardized entrance tests and of preparing applications to health profession schools.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THIS ADVISEMENT PROCESS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A RECOMMENDATION AND COMMITTEE LETTER FROM THE PRE-HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE
MCAT Preparation Program:
Kaplan and Princeton Review MCAT preparation courses have been offered on campus.
Cooperative Learning Experience:
Students are provided the opportunity to earn academic credit while working full-time (with salary) for one or two semesters in a local research facility.
Professional School Application Support:
The application of each student is carefully monitored throughout the year. Students are counseled on strategies to enhance their application. The Director of the Pre Health Professions Program intercedes for students with professional school admissions officers as appropriate. Group Advisement: Emphasis is placed on developing interviewing skills. Mock interviews are set up for all those who wish to have one.
Post Graduation Application Counseling and Support:
If a student is not accepted to a professional school while an undergraduate at La Salle, all of the services and support listed above are available again at the time of reapplication.