At St. John’s University, pre-health students gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for success in medical or graduate school. You can choose from a range of exciting and challenging majors, any of which will allow you flexibility to complete the necessary academic and extracurricular requirements for graduate study in a health-related field.
Health professions encompass a wide range of careers that offer both challenging and rewarding service.
These fields include:
Consult the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook for an overview of healthcare occupations. You can also find more information at ExploreHealthCareers.org.
Professional organizations are also an excellent information resource. The American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Dental Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Chiropractic Association, American Optometric Association, American Podiatric Medical Association, etc., all have valuable information if you are interested in a related career.
For more information and to register for the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee, please contact:
Senior Assistant Dean and Chair of Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee
St. John Hall, Room 145
The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) will help you find your path into the healthcare profession of your choice. When you register with the committee, you will be assigned an advisor experienced in guiding students through the complex process of gaining admission to a health profession graduate school. Your advisor will help you prepare applications to medical and health-related professional schools, select an appropriate curriculum to fulfill pre-requisites for these schools, and stay abreast of their admission requirements. The committee will also prepare the letters of evaluation required by professional schools.
If you’ve decided to pursue a career in healthcare, it’s important to begin preparing as soon as possible.
St. John’s University offers two types of accelerated programs that may be of interest to students preparing for careers in healthcare.
The following centralized application services allow students to use one application for multiple schools. Some schools require the use of these application services.
Getting involved in student organizations and honor societies will help you build your resume and make connections. Some organizations that may be of interest to students preparing for health-related careers include:
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience for professional school in a healthcare-related field. You can find service opportunities through Campus Ministry or with the following organizations:
The United States has a critical need for doctors from underrepresented populations, and medical schools increasingly look to recruit individuals committed to serving communities with high minority populations. These programs consider an applicant’s medically-related opportunities, life experiences, personal essay, and interview in addition to GPA and MCAT scores.
The following medically-related and research-focused opportunities allow underrepresented students to increase their exposure to the health professions and thereby increase their chances of acceptance into medical school:
Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program
American Gastroenterological Association Investing in the Future Student Research Fellowship