The Pre-Health Advisor is:
Dr. Kathy Zanin
*Please notify Dr. Zanin of any problems with this web page.
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.
Prepare for Interviews:
Practice your Interview via the Career Center: Look under Online Resources for "Interview Stream"
Writing a Personal Statement:
Letters of Recommendation:
Applying In-State vs. Out-of-State Most private schools give no preference to in-state students, but many public schools accept very few from out-of-state. Criteria for in-state classification vary by institution, sometimes even whithin the same state. If you are not sure what is required by a particular college to be designated with in-state residency, you must consult their web site or contact their "Residency Officer." Having an in-state driver’s license and voter registration card is a good start.
Volunteer and Enrichment Opportunities for now or for a "Gap" year 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
Enrichment Opportunities Abroad: Please read the guidelines below before participating in mission trips and health outreach abroad. Pre-Health students are not licensed practitioners, and it is unethical and unsafe for them to practice medicine in another country, even if that country does not restrict medical practice.
Learn Which Profession is Right for You:
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.
NHSC Scholarship Program Non-military scholarships for health-professional students who want to go into primary care and are willing to serve in a high-need community
Programs for Disadvantaged Students:
For Native Americans:
Science and Math Pre-Requisites to Take Before Applying:
Post-Baccalaureate Programs offer students who were able to complete all prerequisites 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) .
For Reapplicants: If you need to Boost your science GPA or improve your MCAT scores, many schools now offer one-year Masters in Biomedical Science programs that are designed to help students transition into medical/dental/veterinary school. Just search "masters biomedical science" to find a program suited to you.
Medical School to become an MD physician (Allopathic Medicine):
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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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
Other Medical School Information:
Please note that beginning in 2015,
the MCAT will place more emphasis on Psychology and Sociology
and has a new score scaleMCAT
(registration information, purchase practice tests, etc.)
Free MCAT Prep from Khan Academy -
There are 4 links to various types of practice questions at the top, and below that are links to lectures on the various “Foundational Concepts”
Dental Day at MUSC
is held each year. Pre-Dental students spend a day on campus meeting faculty, students and staff while learning about admissions, financial aid and dental specialties.
MUSC, Student National Dental Association's Impressions Program
is held each summer.
Participants will learn about Dental School and the application process; they also participate in dental labs. For more information call Jami Cokley at 843-792-6874 or visit the SNDA Facebook Page
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.
Centralized Online Application Service for PA Programs
Nursing: For information about Nursing school, you may visit the following web pages
- a selective program of the U.S. Government that helps alleviate the critical shortage of nurses currently experienced by certain types of health care facilities located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Upon graduation, NURSE Corps Scholarship recipients work at these facilities for at least two years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.
Master's Level Entry to become a nurse after graduating with a non-nursing degree from The Citadel:
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Naturopathic Health Care:
A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician. Please see the AANMC’s Professional Competency Profilefor more information. Additional information on naturopathic schools can be found on the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges Web site.
Pharmacy and Health Sciences:
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