Pre-Health Programs

Beyond Academics


Volunteering in the community is a great way to gain experiences and demonstrates your commitment to helping others.

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Shadowing healthcare professionals allows you to explore health related careers and build connections with health professionals. Most professional health schools expect students to have multiple shadowing experiences. Talk to a Pre-Health advisor for more information.

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Research is a great way for you to learn more about your specific areas of interest, engage with faculty members, and develop analytical skill sets. Approach a faculty member about options for research or apply for the UNL UCARE program.

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Student Organizations

Student organizations are a great way to connect with others who share your academic, social, or service interests and can provide volunteering and leadership opportunities. UNL offers several Pre-Health organizations.

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Work Experience

Gaining practical work or internship experience in any field helps you develop professional skills, clarify career interests, strengthen self-confidence, build leadership skills, and establish professional contacts. Some examples of healthcare work experience include but are not limited to:

  • CNA, Medication Aide, EMT, or phlebotomy certification
  • Employment as a pharmacy technician, optician, physical therapy technician, or occupational therapy assistant
  • Teaching Assistant or Lab Assistant for a science course
  • Entry-level positions in hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, or other healthcare clinics
More Opportunities

Take advantage of additional opportunities outside the classroom.

Cedar Point Biological Station Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Summer Undergraduate Research Program Education Abroad

Applying to Health Schools

Researching Schools

Start researching professional health schools early. Consider how each school could help you develop your interests, talents, and career goals.

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Letters of Recommendation

Most professional health schools require letters of recommendation as a part of the application. Make sure to check with the schools to which you are applying to confirm the number of letters required.

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Personal Statements

Professional health schools generally require applicants to write a personal statement or essay as a part of the application process. Personal statements allow you to describe the significance of your experiences and go beyond summarizing coursework and extracurricular activities.

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Entrance Exams

Some professional health schools will require standardized entrance examinations. Examinations will vary based on each health profession. Talk to a Pre-Health advisor to learn more.

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Some health professions schools will require an admissions interview. The format and process for interviews will likely vary with each specific health school.

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Professional School Visitors

If you are planning to apply to a professional health school, talking with school representatives early allows you to learn more about the schools’ programs, admissions requirements, and how to become a competitive applicant.

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