Health care is one of the most emergent and dynamic career fields an individual 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 the Office of Post Graduate Planning and Experiential Education. The pre-health advisor, Wes Schaub, works with CWRU undergraduate students and alumni seeking careers in the health professions. Schedule an appointment using Handshake.
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 a 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. Go to Advisor Letter Services for instructions on how to request a composite letter packet for the current application cycle and how to submit letters of recommendation.
The pre-health advisor also maintains resources in Handshake for current undergraduate students and alumni interested in the health science professions. Handshake provides additional resources for students and is used to communicate information about group advising sessions; application preparation and workshops; clinical and research opportunities; and guest speakers on campus. To request access to these resources in Handshake, contact Wes Schaub.
In addition to the pre-professional advising, students may want to access other resources on campus for support in their career exploration and application preparation. The Career Lab provides general career counseling for students exploring their career options and mock interviews for students who have received an interview invitation with a professional health science school or graduate program. The Writing Resource Center offers one-on-one assistance with drafting personal statements for applications to professional health science schools.
Health-related Student Organizations
Go to the Health-related Student Organizations page for a list of student pre-professional and health-related organizations at CWRU.
Go to the Open Houses page for a list of upcoming medical school open houses.