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Design an Academic Plan

It is important to know your timetable and plan accordingly.


Fall Semester

  • Explore various majors and declare as early as possible. Because you will need to complete the 32 SH of sciences before you can take the MCAT it will be necessary to get your science courses underway as quickly as possible. As soon as you declare your major, you will be assigned an academic advisor within that department. Make sure to identify that you are a pre-health professions 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 at the end of your junior year).
  • As soon as you get settled into your classes, contact the Pre-professional Health Advisor, to make an advising appointment to discuss professional goals and discuss what the professional will want you to have completed by the time you're ready to apply.

Spring Semester

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your progress.
  • Search for shadowing and volunteer opportunities in your field of interest.
  • Explore areas of community outreach to establish your humanitarian interests.

First Summer

  • Shadowing, working, or volunteering to gain insight into your career choice.


Fall Semester

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your Spring schedule.
  • Visit the Center for Student Learning and schedule a meeting with the Director to begin to learn about the MCAT
  • Continue volunteer work in your field to whatever degree manageable during the academic year (Grades should always take priority)

Spring Semester

  • Discuss your academic progress with your advisor and adjust your academic plan, as needed. Meet with Pre-Health Professions Advisor to make review your progress and the next phase of preparation
  • Explore career options and alternatives, if your GPA is not adequate or your career interests have changed.
  • Sign up to take a free practice MCAT through Kaplan
  • Second Summer
  • Work/volunteer to gain insight of your career choice.
  • Explore available internship and research opportunities
  • Get involved in the community


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 Pre-Health Professions advisor to determine if your GPA is competitive and whether or not this is the year you should apply to professional school. (Contact the chair of the Health Profession Committee, Karen Eippert).
  • 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. (Online AMCAS appliciation is available early in May of each year)
  • 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 (download PDF).

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.


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.