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Timetable

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 end of Junior/beginning Senior year).
  • If your department does not have a "pre-med" advisor, make an advising appointment with the chair of the Health Professions Committee (Contact the chair of the Health Profession Committee, Karen Eippert).

Spring Semester

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

First Summer

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

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your Spring schedule.
  • If you are a pre-vet student you need to establish a list of potential schools to which you will apply and identify all prerequisite courses to discuss with your advisor.
  • Pre-pharmacy students (if you are on the 2-year plan) register and take PCAT and start filling out applications for Pharmacy School.
  • 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.
  • Pharmacy schools applications are due in January (if you are on the 2-year plan).

Second Summer

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

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. (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.
  • 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.