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Design an Academic Plan

It is important to know your timetable and plan accordingly.

First Year

Fall Semester

  • Declare a major and get an advisor. Make sure to identify that you are a pre-health profession student on the major declaration form
  • Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss professional goals and determine an academic game plan to ensure you will have taken all courses needed to prepare for standardized admissions tests in your field of interest by the time you take the exam (usually the beginning of your Junior year).
  • Make an appointment with the Health Professions Advisor

Spring Semester

  • Discuss your academic progress with your advisor.
  • Search for summer jobs and volunteer opportunities in your field of interest.

First Summer

  • Shadow a perfusionist
  • Work/volunteer to gain insight into your career choice

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your Spring schedule.
  • Establish a list of potential schools to which you will apply and identify all prerequisite courses to discuss with your advisor.
  • Continue volunteer work in your field to whatever degree manageable during the academic year.

Spring Semester

  • Discuss your academic progress with your advisor and adjust your academic plan, as needed.
  • Explore career options and alternatives, if your GPA is not adequate or your career interests have changed. A 2.5 GPA will be considered, but a 3.0 will make you more competitive
  • If you are on the 2-year plan, the applications for the perfusion program are accepted once a year for fall admission. Go to for deadlines and application procedures)You will want to apply as early as possible to enhance your chances for acceptance.

Second Summer

  • Work/volunteer to gain insight of your career choice.
  • Get involved in the community

For students on the 2-year plan, if you are offered a position in the perfusion program, you can leave the College of Charleston and complete the requirements for your professional degree at MUSC. If for some reason, you are not offered a position, you can work towards completion of your undergraduate degree at C of C and apply again later. When applying to competitive academic programs, you should always have a "Plan B".

Third Year

Fall Semester

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss Spring schedule.
  • Get organized, order review booklets and practice tests to prepare for standardized exams.
  • Explore various professional schools and determine to which ones you will apply.

Spring Semester

  • Discuss your academic progress with your advisor.  Meet with the chair of the Health Professions Committee to determine if your GPA is competitive and whether or not this is the year you should apply to professional school. (Click Here to email the chair of the Health Profession Committee)
  • Establish a file with the College's Health Professions Committee (forms are available under Health Profession committee services).
  • Start worksheets for on-line centralized application services and/or request applications from schools that do not participate in the centralized application process.
  • Collect materials needed to fill in application and start working on application essay.
  • Apply and study for standardized admissions tests.  Check the deadlines and do not miss them.
  • Practice, practice, practice taking the standardized admissions test.
  • Take the standardized admissions test and request that scores be released to the College of Charleston, schools to which you are applying and the application service (if appropriate).
  • Request letters of evaluation from faculty and health professionals who know you well. Make sure to provide each of them with a signed Faculty evaluation form.

Third Summer

  • Continue to work/volunteer in your field of interest and community outreach projects.
  • Complete your applications and submit early.  Early decision program applications must be submitted to the schools by August 1st.
  • Complete your file for the Health Professions Committee.  Supply the committee with a copy of your personal statement from your application.
  • Retake standardized admissions tests, if necessary.

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

  • Meet with your advisor.  Get a degree audit and apply for graduation.
  • Make sure your Health Professions Committee File is complete and all your letters of evaluation have been submitted.
  • Respond promptly to requests for secondary applications from each professional school.
  • Prepare for interviews.
  • Interview and wait.
  • Search for sources of financial aid.

Spring Semester

  • Send updated transcripts directly to the professional schools to which you have applied.
  • Wait for decisions. Be sure to let the chair of the Health Professions Committee know the final outcome.
  • Discuss alternatives with your advisor.  Meet with the chair of the Health Professions Committee to develop a strategy for reapplying, if necessary.