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Other Health Professions Students

There are several professional health careers (other than physician, dentist or veterinarian), that a student  can pursue, such as physical therapist, optometrist and pharmacist – all of which require professional post-graduate training. Taking the appropriate courses and pre-requisites, as well as participating in related extra-curricular, summer and internship programs, will prepare you to apply and gain admission to a health professional school after you graduate.

Preparing for Professional School

  •  Requirements for Admission
    • Academic requirement for the various Allied Medical Professions vary greatly with profession and even among different programs for the same profession. It is helpful to consult the website of the professional organization of interest.
    • Most Allied Health students generally major in one of the sciences. However, this is not always a requirement.
  • Academic Programs for Pre-Health-Professions Students
    • Biology link
    • Biochemistry link
    • Health Sciences link

If you wish to matriculate at a health professional school directly after graduation from Hofstra University, you must be ready to submit your applications early in your senior year. Ideally, students who are planning careers in the health professions will begin taking science classes in their freshmen year. Because pre-requisites vary so widely, students are advised to meet with their Advisement dean each semester. Other recommended activities and relevant deadlines are listed below by year.

 

| Freshman | Sophomore | Junior | Senior |

FRESHMAN YEAR

  • Attend orientation session prior to first semester attendance at Hofstra.
  • Register with the advisement office and begin collecting recommendations for your pre-health file.
  • Join APHOS and the Health Professions Scholars Program to meet students with similar interests and goals and to hear guest lecturers from the health professions. Contact your Advisement Dean for more information.
  • Visit "Considering a Career in Medicine" web site for further information.
  • Participate in summer paid or volunteer work in health-related field.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Volunteer at a local hospital, nursing home, EMT, etc.
  • Continue to collect faculty recommendation forms.
  • Continue to meet with your Advisement Dean and Pre-Health Advisor.
  • Investigate special summer opportunities.

JUNIOR YEAR

  • Shadow a health professional in your chosen field if you have not already done so.
  • Complete the Application for the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
  • Hand out the rest of the faculty recommendation forms.
  • See Pre-Health Advisor and Academic Dean regularly.
  • Obtain admission applications/brochures and select schools
  • Make sure all your recommendations and supporting information is in your Advisement Pre-Health File.
  • Schedule and prepare for Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee interview

SENIOR YEAR

  • Finish all requirements for graduation and prerequisites for admission to professional school.
  • Take appropriate admissions test, if necessary.
  • Complete applications as soon as possible after they are received.
  • Prepare and practice for interviews.
  • Keep your Pre-Health Advisor informed about interviews, acceptances, and rejections so we can better advise others.
  • Develop an alternative plan of action (i.e. If you are planning to reapply, how can you improve your academic record or career path?) Contact admission offices and ask them how you can improve on your portfolio..
  • Obtain income tax information from you and your parents. Apply for all forms of financial aid even before you have an acceptance. File FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.
  • Make decisions regarding which professional school you will be attending if you gain multiple acceptances.
  • Notify school that you will not be attending immediately.

Standardized testing is a necessary part of admission to all types of pre-health programs. Each pre-health specialty has its own required examination.Â

Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) direct the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) for applicants seeking admission to schools and colleges of optometry. The testing program is designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information.

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a specialized test administered by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The test helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges by measuring general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education.

GRE
The GRE is the standardized exam required by most US veterinary schools and all masters in public health programs, physical therapy programs and occupational therapy programs. Most of these educational programs require only the general test, which is tailored to your performance level and provides precise information about your abilities using fewer test questions than traditional paper-based tests. The test measures verbal, quantitative and analytical reasoning skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not necessarily related to any particular field. A few require the Writing assessment, which measures your proficiency in critical reasoning and writing. Additionally, a few veterinary schools require a subject test, which measures your achievement in specific subject areas and assume undergraduates have extensive background in those disciplines. Check the requirements for the schools to which you wish to apply.

Additionally, each pre-health specialty has its own application process and/or service.


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