Entrance into healthcare training programs is a competitive process. Therefore, students should aim for the highest level of academic achievement.
Consider the following:
- • Take required Biology and Chemistry courses immediately (one of each every semester).
- • Achieve a high GPA to remain a competitive student.
- • Take a sufficient courseload each semester (usually 13-16 credit hours).
- • Avoid obtaining any more than two "Withdrawn" grades on your academic record.
Average GPA entrance requirements vary for each profession: always aim to be above the average acceptance GPA.
There is no formal requirement to graduate within four years, but many science classes fill early and some are only offered once per year.
Community college level science classes are generally not viewed favorably.
Many health career training programs require students to take a standardized test as part of your application. These include the MCAT, DAT, or PCAT for medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy respectively.
These exams are offered multiple times each year, and there is often a limit on how many times a student can sit for a test each year.
Students are encouraged to prepare early for these exams. Exams are typically taken at least one year before matriculation.