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Pre-Health Information
The Pre-Health Advisor is:
Dr. Kathy Zanin
Bond 322
Office 953-7077
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Please notify Dr. Zanin of any problems with this web page.
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Click Here to See Upcoming Events for pre-health students. You may also "like" The Citadel Biology Department Facebook page to get electronic notifications of events and Pre-Health Society meetings via your Facebook newsfeed. The Pre-Health Society at The Citadel is an active student organization for cadets who want to prepare for Medical, Dental, or other Health-Related Professions.
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Please scroll down, or choose the following links if you need information concerning pre-requisites, becoming an MD physician, becoming a DO physician, veterinary, dental, optometry, pharmacy, public health , podiatry, medical billing and coding or other health-related professional schools. The following web sites will provide you with information concerning these various health professions and what you will need to get in. Additional information is provided in two locations on campus: The third floor corridor of Duckett Hall houses a bookcase full of Pre-Health Information, and the third floor corridor of Bond Hall houses a bulletin board posted with important notifications and information. Apply early; many schools use rolling admissions, meaning that the earlier you apply, the better your chance of being accepted.
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Suggested Resume Template, by Nicholas Slater
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Prepare for Interviews:
Practice your Interview via the Career Center: Look under Online Resources for "Interview Stream"
Learn about the interview questions used by various schools. Choose a school, under "Interview Feedback" choose "View Survey Results" then scroll down to the bottom of the survey data and choose "Questions"
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Writing a Personal Statement:
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Letters of Recommendation:
Pre-Health Professions Committee: Requesting Letters from Pre-Health Committee or from other Referees
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Volunteer and Enrichment Opportunities:
Pre-Health Mentorship Program NEW: find a health professional to serve as your mentor.
SCRUBS Healthcare Mentor Program at Roper Hospital in Charleston
Biomedical Research at NIH (after graduation)
Volunteer at SCDDSN Coastal Center, a residential facility serving persons with disabilities and special needs. 9995 Miles Jamison Rd., Ladson, SC, 29485; (843) 873-5750
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Enrichment Opportunities Abroad
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Learn Which Profession is Right for You:
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Scholarship Opportunities
HPSP Army Scholarships: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 843-577-3425, more information
Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Osteopathic Medical School Scholarship for African-American; Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian; mainland Puerto Rican, or Hispanic Students
Indian Health Service Scholarship Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives provides financial support in exchange for a minimum two-year service commitment within an Indian health program in your chosen health professional discipline.
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Programs for Disadvantaged Students:
Fossil Energy Research Internships for females and minorities
MUSC's SM3 Program: Pre-Health Mentors for Minorities

Centralized Application Services for Various Health Professional Schools

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Medical School to become an MD physician (Allopathic Medicine):
Association of American Medical Colleges (see "Medical Schools" in left hand column for detailed information concerning medical schools in each state)
What is the Early Decision Program (EDP)? If you know which school you want to attend, the EDP can improve you chance of admittance
Good news for Citadel Cadets: The MUSC College Of Medicine Admissions committee uses the Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges competitiveness rankings of undergraduate schools to adjust applicants’ undergraduate GPA. The Citadel is ranked as a ‘competitive school’ so graduates receive a GPA boost of .19. Graduates of The Citadel Honors College receive a GPA ‘boost’ of .34 to their overall GPA.
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Medical School to become a DO physician (Osteopathic):
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International Medical Schools: Listed below are International Medical Schools whose graduates are eligible to be licensed to practice medicine in all 50 states and that qualify for Federal Student Aid
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Other Medical School Information:
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MCAT Preparation:
Please note that beginning in 2015, the MCAT will place more emphasis on Psychology and Sociology and has a new score scale
MCAT (registration information, purchase practice tests, etc.)
ExamKrackers (50% off with valid military ID)
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Need to take Science and Math Pre-Requisites Before Applying?
Most medical schools require or recommend the following undergraduate science and math courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Calculus, and Biochemistry. Some additional coursework may be required for some medical schools. Post-Baccalaureate Programs offer students who were not science majors in college the opportunity to take the required science courses prior to applying to medical school or to other Pre-Health Graduate Programs. Graduates of Post-Baccalaureate Programs typically enjoy high success in Medical School admissions. You can search available programs by various criteria at this AAMC web site: Search Postbac Programs. Also, if you want to be enlisted in the military, this is a good option: Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2)
Dental School:
Please go to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for more information.
MUSC, Student National Dental Association's Impressions Programwill be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Participants will learn about Dental School and the application process; they will also be able to participate in dental labs. For more information call Jami Cokley at 843-792-6874.
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Veterinary Medicine:
The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) provides information and a central application service, the VMCAS. Not all schools use the central application service.
Visit the VMCAS Facebook Page for Pre-Veterinary Students
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MUSC College of Health Professions: Information Sessions are held every semester in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina. Optional campus tours will begin one hour before the information session. The info sessions for the spring semester will be held on Thursday, February 19th at 5pm and Friday, March 20th at 2pm. The info sessions for the summer semester will be held on Friday, June 26th at 2pm and Thursday, July 16th at 5pm. Click here to register for a session.
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Anesthesia for Nurses (CRNA) at MUSC
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Cardiovascular Perfusion at MUSC
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Health Administration at MUSC
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Physicians Assistants:
Find a PA Program that's right for you.
MUSC's Physician Assistant Program
PA Focus contains great information about PA Programs, be sure to explore all the Tabs at the top
ASPIRE - Pre-PA Students Society: Pre-PA SCAPA, benefits include: admission to “Becoming a PA” panel at our Annual Fall Conference • Quarterly newsletter, announcements, and events, full of information about entering our amazing profession (Download Brochure)
(Physician Assistant Program Requirements and Statistics, by Nicholas Slater) PA programs often require or recommend at least 1,000 hours of health care experience prior to admission.
Apply for a shadowing opportunity with a PA mentor.
CASPA: Centralized Online Application Service for PA Programs
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Nursing: For information about Nursing school, you may visit the following web pages
The University of San Francisco School of Nursing & Health Professions offers a Master of Science in Nursing for non-nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in any field and who now want to become nurses. The program is full-time for two years with classes being held in the spring, summer and fall semesters. All admissions requirements can be found here.

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Optometry School: For information about Optometry School, you may visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).
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Discover Chiropractics
American Chiropractic Association (ACA), 1701 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22209, 703-276-8800.
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Pharmacy and Health Sciences:
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Public Health:
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Upcoming Events:

  • Retina Consultants of Charleston is pleased to announce paid fellowships for Citadel alumni who are interested in a Health Care Profession. Email Dr. Virgil Alfaro ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) ASAP for more information. They are interested in cadets who have graduated or who are graduating this May who have not yet been accepted in to medical, dental, nursing or other allied health care graduate programs. A high GPA (> 3.0) and a high level of motivations is required.

  • Interested in a career as a genetic counselor? Check out these two opportunities designed to assist undergraduates in preparing for genetic counseling graduate education: 1) 2015 summer internship 2) our new online course, Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future. For more information, explore the links below:

  • Save the Date MUSC's Dental Impressions Program, hosted by the student organization SNDA, will be Saturday, July 18 form 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

  • MUSC's College of Health Professions will have open info sessions on Friday, March 20th at 2pm; Friday, June 26th at 2pm and on Thursday, July 16th at 5pm. Informations will be about all programs in Anesthesia for Nurses (CRNA), Cardiovascular Perfusion, Health Administration, Health Informatics, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies. Learn more and register here: