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Application Preparation

It is our goal to assist you with the application process while stressing the need for you to: think and plan ahead, educate yourself regarding the requirements and expectations involved in the application process, maintain focus on details, and be aware of deadlines. Professional schools can be fastidious in their demands, but there is a direct correlation between success in admission and the initiative and seriousness in the student’s approach to the application process. We are available to assist you in this process.

When to Apply

It is important to apply to health professions schools when your application is strong and most competitive. That may mean applying after your junior year, or it may mean applying after your senior year or later. Your health professions advisor can help you determine whether or not you are a competitive applicant. Please note: Completing the central application early will usually improve your chances of being invited to interviews and being accepted by schools. Remember, it will take the central application services time to verify your application before sending it out to the schools you designate, as the application cycle progresses this can take as long as four to six weeks.

Where to Apply

You should begin researching professional graduate programs as early as your freshman year. It is important to consider how your personal goals and characteristics match professional schools. When considering a school, find out whether they consider out-of-state residents (if it is in a state of which you are not a resident), the average GPA and test scores of recently accepted applicants, tuition, location (do you want to live there for four years?), and special programs/initiatives. Make sure you only apply to schools you would consider attending! Numerous resources exist in the Canvas Course Site to assist you in this process.

Developing a Captivating Personal Statement

This is your opportunity to tell your story to the admissions representatives. Why do you want to become a healthcare professional? What abilities/skills, characteristics, and experiences make you a strong candidate? Numerous resources exist in the Canvas Course Site to assist students in this process. You should also utilize campus resources such as The Writing Center, Center for Career and Professional Development, and advisors in our office to assist you with this reflection process.

Resume

A résumé is an easy way to keep track of all of your activities and honors as a student. While you won’t need to submit a résumé with your application, it is helpful to provide a copy of your résumé to the people who write your letters of recommendation. You will also use it to fill out your application to professional school. The following are just a handful of categories that you may consider for inclusion: healthcare experiences, volunteer/community service, employment, leadership, research, honors and awards, military service, extracurricular activities/affiliations (those that do not fit above), hobbies and interests, and skills. You should also utilize campus resources such as The Writing Center and Center for Career and Professional Development with this process.

Strong Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation represent your ability to develop strong relationships. Professional schools often have preferences, if not requirements, as it relates to the origin of these evaluations (e.g. faculty members, advisors, supervisors, healthcare professions, etc.). Clemson University does not provide a committee letter. Applicants are encouraged to research the prereferences/requirements of their schools of interest early in their careers at Clemson. Be sure to provide evaluators with at least one month to complete your evaluation. Numerous resources exist in the Canvas Course Site to assist students in this process.

Submitting the Application

Application to professional schools is usually a multi-step process that includes a primary application and a secondary application prior to an interview.

Centralized Application Services: Most professional schools utilize a centralized application service (see links to the right). The applicant sends one application to a central processing location that verifies transcripts, calculates GPAs, and forwards the information to the schools the student designated. Not all schools utilize such services, so it is important to check with each school to make sure you know how to initiate an application. Most schools, after receiving the preliminary application from the centralized application service, will require additional information, and an additional application fee. IT IS CRUCIAL FOR STUDENTS TO READ THE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS PRIOR TO BEGINNING THE APPLICATION. Be sure to be aware of all DEADLINES associated with the application cycle for your profession.

Supplemental Applications: After completing the primary application you will likely receive invitations to complete supplemental applications. Some professional schools send out supplemental (secondary) applications to all applicants while others send them to select students after an initial review of the primary application. Make sure these are completed and returned well before deadline dates. The quality of your supplemental applications is VERY important. Take your time and be sure you are answering the questions asked. We recommend returning them within 2-3 weeks.

Compelling Interview

Interview preparation and practice is integral to confidently communicating your drive and experiences to an admissions counselor. Professionals in our office can help you to identify your areas of strength and growth, practice commonly asked questions, and even share strategies on how to make the interview day itself less stressful. Be sure to thank your interviewers for their time following the interview day. Numerous resources exist in the Canvas Course Site to assist students in this process. You should also utilize campus resources such as  Center for Career and Professional Development, and advisors in our office to assist you with your preparation.