Pre-Health Professional Advising
From left: Pre-health advisors Gayla Adams-Wright, Zac Malcolm, Kaela Urquhart
Not pictured: Pre-health advisor Sherryl J. Allen
If you are interested in being of service to others, a career in health professions may be for you!
Current advisees may schedule appointments online by clicking here.
The College of Arts and Sciences' pre-health professional advising office is dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals. We have four experienced, full-time advisors, allowing for greater expertise and one-on-one guidance. Our advisors help with:
- Sequencing of courses
- Health professional school preparation
- Application assistance
- Practice interview opportunities
- Entrance exam resources
Please note, Pre-Health students have at least two advisors: an Academic Advisor (who advises you for your major) and a Pre-Health Advisor (who advises you for the topics listed above to make sure you're prepared for health professional school).
Additionally, the College of Arts and Sciences offers numerous undergraduate research opportunities. The faculty and students in the College of Arts and Sciences are working on projects as diverse as atomic physics, cancer research and cloning.
Learn more about the advising process
Academic advising is particularly important for pre-health students because they have unique advising needs.
Each professional school has its own requirements, which can change frequently. Application to professional health programs and schools is very competitive. Our advisors help keep students aware of the courses and other requirements necessary to make them competitive applicants.
How to make an appointment
- Plan ahead. We schedule our appointments in advance to advise you more efficiently. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Current advisees may schedule appointments online at https://k-state.campus.eab.com
- If you are not currently assigned to a Pre-Health advisor, call (785) 532-6904 or stop by 107 Calvin Hall to make an appointment.
What we do
- Help with long-range planning specific to each student's choice of health profession and particular academic needs. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor regularly to ensure they are on track.
- Assist in developing a "Plan B" or alternate degree/career option. All student interested in a health career are encouraged to develop an alternate career plan. K-State consistently produces students whose applications are as competitive as those of students from any school in the country. Competition for seats in professional schools however is very intense. Some excellent students who are well qualified may not be accepted simply because the supply of students far exceeds the number of seats available in the professional school. Realistic students have a back-up plan. Many students re-apply a second or third time and are eventually successful in being admitted to a professional program. During the reapplication period the "Plan B" can be implemented.
- Assist with the application process. Health Professions Advisors help students build outstanding resumes by keeping them apprised of what professional schools consider most important in an application. This includes advising applicants about competitive grade point averages (GPA) and competitive entrance exam scores, observation and experience requirements, and leadership activities that will enhance their applications.
Pre-Health Professional Options
Pre-health professional advising is available for the following careers:
- Chiropractic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Science
- Health Information Management
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Respiratory Care
- Veterinary Medicine
Note: Completing pre-health prerequisites prepares students to make application to health professional schools. It does not result in the completion of a degree, with the exception of Medical Lab Science.
Clubs and Courses
At Kansas State University, there are many field-related clubs and organizations for students to join. The following are related to pre-health professions.
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship. Our Society welcomes all students engaged in the pursuit of a professional development, provides a forum for students with common interests, and extends a program of service to benefit the college/university community.
Pre-Health Student Ambassadors promote pride in and develop awareness of options within pre-health among prospective students, parents, alumni and the general public. Pre-Health Ambassadors are a group dedicated undergraduate students who volunteer their time and talents at special events including: Discover K-State Days, Admitted Wildcat Days, K-State Open House and much more!
The purpose of this organization is to provide an environment in which students who are interested in the field of dentistry can join together to promote oral healthcare, provide service opportunities within our communities, and network.
Kansas State University’s Pre-Med Club offers opportunities for intellectual and professional development for students to prepare them for life after college in the medical education system.
The purpose of this organization will be to promote communication and understanding among the Pre-Nursing Students at K-State. This club will assist members and other K-State students in exploring possibilities for careers in nursing. Students will be informed about nursing schools and many community service opportunities.
Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
The purpose of this organization: 1) to increase communication and networking between students, undergraduate, and professional school advisors, and professional in the field of Occupational Therapy, 2) to inform students, interested in the field of Occupational Therapy, of the variety of careers in this line of work, and to help prepare students for professional school programs, and 3) to give back to our community through philanthropic projects
The K-State pre-optometry club is an organizations that allows students pursuing a degree in optometry network, as well as speak with representatives from different optometry schools.
The Pre-Pharmacy Club is designed to provide students with special interest to join a group where they can share their ideas and concerns, serve as an informational and resource center for students, facilitate students' understanding of the pharmacy profession, and provide students with leadership opportunities.
Pre-Physician Assistant Club
The Pre-Physician Assistant Club prepares students to be successful graduate school candidates and medical practitioners following their graduation from Kansas State University. Our club offers educational and professional development by hosting a variety of speakers, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
The Pre-Physical Therapy Club aims to promote social and intellectual cooperation and fellowship between Pre-Physical Therapy Students.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club
Provide an opportunity for students to meet other pre-vet students and to become involved both professionally and socially while keeping members updated on requirements and admissions policies of Vet School.
DAS 115 - Orientation to Health Careers
Acquaints students whose career goals are in the health professions with the variety of options available and with the corresponding academic requirements. Discussion covers an introduction to the personal responsibilities that health-care workers assume and the impact of social and economic problems on our health-care delivery system. Includes an orientation to general requirements for success as a student at K-State and in professional health related programs.
DAS 240: Practicum in Pre-Health
This is an independent study course in which students will complete 40 hours of shadowing along with two assignments and a meeting with their pre-health advisor to discuss reflections on the course.
DAS 315 - Creating a Competitive Health Professional School Application
Creating a Competitive Health Professional School Application is designed for students who are preparing to apply to health professional schools in the coming year. This course will assist them in drafting a personal statement, obtaining letters of recommendation, preparing for the interview process, learning about the Centralized Application Services (VMCAS, PTCAS, AMCAS, CASPA, etc), as well as other preparation needed for their respective entrance examination (MCAT, GRE, DAT, HESI, TEAS-V, PCAT, OAT). The course will also address current trends and topics in health care such as interprofessional education, health care disparities and cultural competence.