Academic Preparation

Preparing for a health profession involves many steps, but at the core is a set of courses that you’ll need to progress in your education. Simply put, demonstrated ability in science is a must. Your professional school curriculum will build on the biology, chemistry and physics that you learned in college.

But there is much more to being a health clinician than science. Professional schools value broad-based curricula. All will expect you to read critically and write well, and most require two semesters of English (or the equivalent) to demonstrate that. An appreciation of people, their behavior, their beliefs, their perspectives is important -- you can gain these through studies in the social sciences, languages and cultures. Quantitative skills are necessary, and skills in statistics and informatics are very beneficial.

Overall, a strong student with broad interests and ability in the sciences is a competitive candidate in terms of academic credentials. Different professions may have variations in their course requirements.