Health care is one of the most emergent and dynamic career fields you can enter. It is also a demanding one that requires a lot of planning and exploration. A rich and diverse undergraduate experience in and out of the classroom is essential for admission to professional health science schools and graduate programs.
Health career advising is available through Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education. The pre-health and pre-medical advisors work with CWRU undergraduate students and alumni seeking careers in the health professions. Schedule an appointment using My Journey.
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program should work with advisors in the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The advisors helps students select appropriate courses based on their academic and professional goals and seek out opportunities to gain experience in their chosen profession.
Health Field Options
- Allied Health (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Speech Pathology, Anesthesiologist Assistant)
- Health Policy and Administration (Bioethics, Health Administration, Public Health)
- Medicine (MD, DO, MD/PhD)
- Physician Assistant
- Veterinary Medicine
Advisor Letter Services
CWRU undergraduate students and recent alumni who are applying to a professional health science school may request a Composite Letter Packet to be submitted by the pre-health advisor. The packet consists of individual letters of recommendation from faculty, professional mentors and supervisors, and a letter of evaluation from a pre-health advisor. Visit the Advisor Letter Services page for instructions on how to request a composite letter packet for the current application cycle and to submit letters of recommendation.
Pre-Med/Pre-Health Canvas Course
Pre-med and pre-health students are invited to enroll in a the self-paced Canvas course, "Medical School Application Process and Preparation." Despite the title, this course is intended to support all pre-health students, including pre-dental, pre-physician assistant, and others, as they consider how to be a competitive applicant.
This on-demand, self-guided resource contains much of the information discussed during advising events and appointments. The course is also a hub for announcements and requirements as it relates to the Composite Letter Process.
In addition to pre-professional advising, you may want to access other resources on campus for support in your career exploration and application preparation. The Career Lab provides general career advice as you explore your career options and need assistance with resume and cover letter preparation. Career consultants in Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education can provide more in-depth career assistance through mock interviews for professional health science schools or graduate programs. The Writing Resource Center offers one-on-one assistance with drafting personal statements for applications to professional health science schools.
Health-related Student Organizations
The Undergraduate Health Sciences Collaborative partners with various organizations to be a single resource for all pre-health students. Learn more by visiting the Undergraduate Health Sciences Collaborative website.
Explore CampusGroups for the most up-to-date information about student pre-professional and health-related organizations at CWRU.