Pre-Professional Health Information Site


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Career Options and Additional Information

Allopathic Medicine (MD)

Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD)

Dental Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

Chiropractic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine


Physician Assistant

Speech-Language Pathology




Public Health

Medical Imaging

Bio Ethics

Health Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Physical Therapy

Occupational Therapy


What is in our library?

Directory of Utah Health Professions Training Programs, 2010-2011 Edition

ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools 2011

Practice Analysis of Chiropractic, 2010

Medical School Admission Requirements 2012-2013

AAMC publication detailing each medical school’s admission requirements and admission data for the 2009-2010 admission cycle

You can check out books from the library for 3 days.  The library can be found in the Meldrum Main office.


Volunteer Opportunities

Click HERE for a variety of program offerings for disadvantaged and minority students in their Freshman/Sophomore/Junior year

Click HERE for a variety of summer internships and research positions available during the summer months

Special Olympics of Utah is often recruiting for events.  They need volunteers and EMTs.  They have a fall event (~October 12) and a spring event.   Visit here for info.

Interested in study abroad?  There is a Spanish Immersion + clinical Experience program offered by Ecela.  Learn more here.


Additional Opportunities for Pre-Professional Health Students

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a summer enrichment program for pre-med and pre-dent students just after their freshman or sophomore years.  It is a competitive program and a small stipend is provided for living expenses.  Application must be made by March.  Get more information from their website.  SMDEP


Exam Preparation

DISCLAIMER - No resources are endorsed and a student should conduct their own research

To determine if a certain resource is appropriate for their personal study.


Kaplan Test Prep




Pre-Professional Health (PPH) Typical 4 Year Plan



Enroll in typical 1st year courses

(Algebra/Trig/Calc, General Chemistry, Intro bio courses for major)

Meet PPH advisors (Dr Hyde/Dr Kleba) at October Advising Event & Review the appropriate Fact Sheet Linked above

Review the Self Assessment provided by U of Utah SOM

**if you are not planning on med school, this is still a good assessment tool.  Substitute the word “medical” for your chosen field of study.

Join the Pre-Professional Health Society (PPHS) & attend informational events

Consult the PPH Library for info about chosen field

**pre-med students should read through info at and about “How to Become a Physician” at the American Medical Association website

Get involved in extracurricular activities (volunteering and shadowing)

Do well in classes & Develop good study habits

**Grades lower than C not generally acceptable in pre-requisite courses


Meet with PPH Advisor

Declare major/Sketch plan for remaining pre-requisite coursework and when possible, add classes into the schedule that help prepare for content of PCAT/MCAT/GRE exams

Actively participate in extracurricular activities

Explore opportunities for research, leadership, shadowing and patient exposure

Continue with good study habits

Explore opportunities for research (common requirement for admissions)


Fall: Register for the Gradate Exams (MCAT/DAT/PCAT/GRE)

Fall: Explore opportunities for research

Spring: Begin studying for the Graduate Exams

Spring/May/June Take Graduate Exam

Spring: Consult School Admission Requirement Books & Advisor to develop list of schools

June: Complete and submit applications



  Note: AMCAS has a fee assistance program for low income students

June: Establish letter writer file in Career Center

August 1st:  Early Decision Program Deadline

July-December: Complete Secondary Applications IMMEDIATELY after receipt


Complete required coursework

Prepare for interviews and participate in mock interviews

Repeat exams if necessary


Repeat Application process if necessary

Enroll in Post baccalaureate Program

Look into other career options (Biomedical Sciences, etc.)