Pre-Health Science Topics & Resources

Meet with a Career Coach

Katherine Brackmann
Professional and Graduate School Program Manager
Career & Professional Development
brackmann@gonzaga.edu
509-313-4237

To schedule an appointment with the Professional and Graduate School Program Manager, log in to Handshake or visit Career & Professional Development on the main floor of the Crosby Center. 

Prior to scheduling an individual appointment with the Professional and Graduate School Program Manager, students are requested to attend one of the weekly Pre-Health Science Information & Learning Sessions. View the schedule and register on Handshake.

Prepare for the Application Process

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
This is the centralized medical school application processing service. Think of it as the “Common App” for most U.S. medical schools. Most specialty health fields have their own individual application sites, which can be found through the links to Professional Organizations below. 

Standardized Exams
Register for the MCAT or other required standardized exam. Most medical schools require the MCAT, but specialty programs (dentistry, for example) have specific exams and others (PA, for example) require the GRE.  

Boost Your Resume through Service, Involvement & Leadership

Zagtivities
Get involved with on-campus organizations to develop leadership skills, meet other students and learn more about your particular career interest. Some relevant organizations include the Health Sciences Club, Human Physiology Club, Pre-Dental Club, and the Psychology Club. 

Center for Community Engagement
Explore service opportunities on and off campus. Browse by commitment type (weekly service, service immersion, and flexible / one-day options) or interest area. 

Learn About Professional Organizations & Associated Schools

Acupuncture and Oriental – Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
Allied Health Professions – Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)
Athletic Training – Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Anesthesiologist Assistant – American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA)
Audiology – American Academy of Audiology
Chiropractic – Association of Chiropractic Colleges
Dental – American Dental Education Association (AEDA)
Health Administration – Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Medical – Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Naturopathic – Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC)
Nursing – American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Occupational Therapy – American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Optometry – Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
Osteopathic – American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Pharmacy – American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (ACCP)
Physician Assistant – American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Physical Therapy – American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Podiatric – American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
Public Health – Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
Veterinary – Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

Explore Career & Professional Development Resources

Handshake

  • Utilize the career management platform to schedule one-on-one Appointments with the Professional and Graduate School Program Manager, and to register for Events such as workshops, information fairs and panel presentations.
  • Search for internship and student employment opportunities to strengthen your application for health science school. 
  • For students participating in the Health Science Careers Committee Letters / Practice Interviews during spring semester, this is where you will upload your documents and complete your questionnaire.

Interview Stream

  • Practice your interview skills by video recording yourself answering a variety of questions, then watch your interview and score yourself using a rubric and scorecard. We have crafted specific questions related to a variety of pre-professional careers, such as medical school admissions. 

Guide to Writing Personal Statements (PDF – coming soon)

Access University Resources

Academic Advising & Assistance
This office provides academic support to undergraduate students through in-class instructions and individual academic advising sessions. Contact this office for questions about course selection, including suggested pre-requisite courses for health related programs. 

Health Science Careers Information (Admission)
This page provides general information about the pre-professional health science “track” at Gonzaga University.

Pre-Med & Pre-Dent Information (Biology Department)
The Biology department, within the College of Arts and Sciences, has developed this page to serve as an additional resource for Gonzaga students interested in health science careers.

Human Physiology Advising Plans (Human Physiology Department)
The Human Physiology department, within the School of Nursing & Human Physiology, has developed several documents and posted the answers to some frequently asked questions about the human physiology major at Gonzaga University, as well as recommended pre-requisite courses for PA, PT and OT schools.