Recommended Timeline for Pre-Health Professions Students

College Year 1

Meet and maintain contact with Providence College Health Professions Advisor

  • Lynne M. Lawson, Ph.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Engineering-Physics-Systems & Advisor for the Health Professions
    Sowa 235, x 1989

Plan and begin academic preparation

  • Learn about specific professional school admission requirements (vary by profession and often by school – review Facts about the Professions
  • Select a major that will allow completion of requirements (i.e. the major may include all requirements or allow sufficient space for electives to complete requirements)

Investigate available resources

  • Premedical Sciences and Health Professions (PSHP) Office
  • PSHP announcements, calendar, email, and This Week’s Mail
  • Professional school organizations and web sites

Explore professional options

Identify and apply for summer volunteer positions/employment

Summer 1

  • Participate in some health related experiences (volunteer positions/employment) if possible
  • Attend summer school ONLY if necessary – Professional school prerequisites should be completed during the academic year

College Year 2

Continue academic preparation

  • Continue prehealth and major requirements

Participate in service, leadership and health care activities

  • Service organizations – on and off campus
  • Service activities, e.g. lab assisting, resident assistant, tutoring
  • Volunteer in health related activities (see Volunteer & Internship Opportunities at
  • Identify and apply for summer volunteer/employment opportunities related to your professional interests
  • Investigate clinical and/or research opportunities available during your 3rd and 4th years

Summer 2

  • Complete paid/volunteer health related experience
  • Attend summer school ONLY if necessary (see above)

College Year 3

MANDATORY December meeting for potential applicants (students planning to enter professional school the fall immediately following graduation.  If not, these steps should be completed in Year 4 instead) provides information about professional school application services (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, VMCAS, CASPA, PHARMCAS), admission test information (MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE), Health Professions Advisory Committee application support, Procedures & Deadlines

Plan and prepare for professional school application – For detail, see APPLICATION YEAR PLANNING GUIDE section

Continue academic preparation

  • Continue prehealth and major requirements
  • Participate in research or internship

Continue service,leadership & health care activities

  • Build on earlier involvements

Summer 3

  • Participate in research, internship, health related program if possible or continue volunteer/paid health related experience
  • Begin/complete professional school application (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, VMCAS have early June initiation dates)
  • Meet all applicant responsibilities
  • Attend summer school ONLY if necessary (see above)

College Year 4

Begin/Complete applications (if applicable)

  • Consider post-baccalaureate academic programs for prehealth students if applicable
  • Consider post-baccalaureate non-academic health related programs
  • Meet or precede deadlines
  • Prepare for and complete interviews

Complete academic preparation

  • Complete College, major and prehealth requirements
  • Continue research and/or internships

Continue service, leadership & health care activities

  • Build on earlier involvements

Make interim and final decisions about professional school choices

  • Investigate financial aid with professional school aid offices
  • Always notify schools you will not be attending


Summer 4

  • Relax & prepare for professional school enrollment
  • Attend professional school orientation programs