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ERIC Number: EJ783676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: 6
Preparation for Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Careers: Helping Students Gain a Competitive Edge
Elam, Carol L.; Seaver, Daniel C.; Berres, Peter N.; Brandt, Barbara F.
Journal of College Admission, n176 p16-21 Sum 2002
Each year, a large number of students begin college with aspirations of entering a health profession. High school teachers and guidance counselors as well as college admission counselors and prehealth advisors can assist students by providing current information regarding general entrance requirements to health professions programs. The purpose of this paper is to provide both counselors and teachers with information that will assist them in helping students plan programs of study in college and seek relevant health-related experiences. The authors offer suggestions on to how to seek information about health professions and obtain first-hand exposure to the work responsibilities of practitioners. They describe the admission processes of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs. To that end, they review degrees available, required college course work, and application procedures and time frames. They also discuss the importance of standardized tests, interviews, and letters of evaluation in the application process and in the admission decisions.
Descriptors: Health Occupations, Admission Criteria, Physicians, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, School Counselors, College Admission, Standardized Tests, Prerequisites, Career Development, Competition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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