Health professional school applicant checklist



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HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL

APPLICANT CHECKLIST

DECEMBER
1. Continue reviewing for MCAT, DAT, GRE, OAT. Know the test. Review the material that needs reviewing. READ, READ, READ! (NY Times, Wall Street Journal etc.) to enhance verbal reasoning. Practice tests are crucial, hand-in-hand with content review.

Pre-meds: If you haven’t purchased The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, I highly recommend you do.
2. Begin work on the Information Form, accessible from the HPO office website. Draft your essay based upon the Personal Statement Writing sheet included in this packet.
3. Investigate professional school admissions criteria and formulate the list of schools to which you will apply. The MSAR, Admission Requirements for U.S. Dental Schools and VMSAR all provide information on choosing professional schools. Medical, dental, vet and other admissions guides are available via Intranet page, HPO, links to health professions websites.
4. Choose your evaluators wisely! 4 science-mandatory: 1-2 non-science (optional); 1-2 non-faculty (also optional).
5. Some test prep materials are available in the Career Center library and may be borrowed during semester break.
_____6. Take time to familiarize yourself with the various Application Services; it will be helpful at the

end of next semester.



JANUARY



1. Request science letters of evaluation now (form downloaded from HPO website). A maximum of four science evaluations should be requested and whenever possible, should be spread out across the four disciplines (BCPM for med and BCP for dental) assuming you rostered all of those classes here. Choose faculty who have personal knowledge of you. Large survey courses typically taught during freshman year are probably not as good a choice as upper-level courses in your major. Approach the professor in person, not via email! If a professor seems hesitant/reluctant to agree to write a letter, don’t beg; search elsewhere.
2. Request letters of evaluation from non-faculty and non-science (form downloaded from HPO website). These are optional but strongly encouraged, particularly if you have a double major or minor. One or two of each is sufficient. More is not necessarily better! IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO APPLY TO OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SCHOOL, A LETTER OF EVALUATION FROM A D.O. IS ESSENTIAL. WORK ON THIS NOW! DON’T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALLOPATHIC AND OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE? EXPLORE NOW!!!
3. Complete the Information Form. Complete your essay begun last month. Complete your list of schools.

4. Upon completion of the Info Form, save in a word document and submit as such to the HPO by January 26, 2012. Print a 2 x 2 photo of yourself and attach it to the signed Request for Letters/ Waiver Form.

5. After you submit your Info Form electronically, turn in your signed Request for Letters/Waiver Form and photo to the HPO, also due by January 26, 2012. At that time, you may schedule an interview with the Health Professions Advisor. You will not be permitted to schedule an interview unless your Info Form is complete with your personal statement draft, and the signed Request for Letters/Waiver Form and photo are submitted to the HPO. Interview times will be available during February, March and April. Bring any questions you have to this interview. Be prepared to discuss your essay, extracurricular activities, and health related experiences.
_____6. You need not dress “formally” for this interview. The format of the interview is meant to be

conversational.


7. Continue reviewing for your standardized test. You’ll get better at taking the actual test by taking full-length practice tests.

FEBRUARY



1. Continue reviewing for your standardized test. Are you continuing to prepare, even on weekends?
2. Keep your appointment with the Health Professions Advisor for the spring interview.
3. Continue working on your personal statement.

MARCH



1. Keep your appointment with the Health Professions Advisor for the spring interview.
2. Continue reviewing for your standardized test. You really don’t want to have to re-take this test!
3. Continue working on your personal statement.


APRIL



1. Continue revising your personal statement.
2. Submit a check in the amount of $50.00 made payable to: Muhlenberg College, and drop it off in the HPO, to cover the cost of compiling and sending your committee letter to professional schools. This fee is only for pre-meds and pre-dents (unless pre-podiatry and pre-optometry students are using the committee service).
_____3. Order your copy of the MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements).


MAY



1. Mandatory attendance to “Admission Advantage Workshop, Part II”; an informational session on AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS and summer “stuff” (DATES AND TIMES TBA).
_____2. If you have not had an interview with the Health Professions Advisor, you are LATE! DO IT NOW!
3. Arrange with the Registrar to have copies of your official transcript sent to the application services as soon as spring grades are available. (You must provide the Registrar with the application services’ address as well as those of schools not participating in the application services.) If you have completed courses outside of MC, request transcripts from those schools also. These take time to process - do it now.
4. YOUR COMMITTEE LETTER OF EVALUATION CANNOT BE WRITTEN UNLESS ALL SCIENCE FACULTY EVALUATIONS ARE RECEIVED. Make sure all forms are distributed and begin checking on whether or not they are received in the HPO.
5. Finalize your personal statement.
6. If you haven’t paid your $50.00 processing fee, do it now, before you leave campus. Nothing will be sent on your behalf until the fee is received.
7. Once classes end, begin working on your AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS applications.
8. Take the DAT by the end of this month if you haven’t taken it yet. You’ll need 90 days between testing dates in case you have to retake this exam. That means you could retake it before returning to campus in the fall.

JUNE



1. Submit AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS as soon as you are secure with your MCAT/DAT scores and know definitively if you need to retake the test or not.
2. THE EARLY BIRD APPLICANT HAS A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE.
_____3. E-mail to the HPO an electronic copy of your submitted AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS immediately after you have completed it online. Remember to pay your application fee to the HPO. THE HPO WILL NOT MAIL YOUR COMMITTEE LETTER UNTIL THIS IS RECEIVED.

JULY-AUGUST



1. Your goal should be to complete all secondary/supplemental applications before returning to campus in late August. This puts you in the best possible position to be granted early fall interviews.

SUMMER CHECKLIST
There are several things that need to be completed in order for your application to be processed in a timely fashion. Please follow the checklist below to facilitate a smooth completion of your application.


  1. I have paid $50.00 to the Health Professions Office (checks made payable to Muhlenberg

College).


  1. After submitting my application electronically, I have emailed a copy of my AMCAS

to the HPO including the page listing the schools I’m applying to and the page of

my personal statement.




  1. After submitting my application electronically, I have emailed a copy of my AACOMAS

to the HPO including the page listing the schools I’m applying to and the page

of my personal statement.





  1. After submitting my application electronically, I have emailed a copy of my AADSAS to the HPO including the page listing the schools I’m applying to and the page of

my personal statement.


  1. I am applying to osteopathic medical school(s) and I have checked to be certain that there is

a D.O. letter in my file.


  1. I have checked and double checked my file via the website and all of my evaluators’ letters

have been received.


  1. _____I’m planning to apply as an Early Decision candidate and I’ve spoken with Lori

Provost about this choice.


  1. _____I’ve decided not to retake the MCAT/DAT and I’ve spoken with Lori Provost about

this choice.


  1. _____I’ve decided to retake the MCAT/DAT and I’ve spoken with Lori Provost about this

choice.


  1. _____I’ve requested an official transcript from any college/university where I’ve ever taken

any course(s).

2013



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