Tips for Being a Successful Pre-Professional Student at UMBC:
- Plan Ahead! It is never too early to think about your pre-professional career. Review this website, meet early and often with your Academic Advisor(s) to review your path to professional school plan.
- Know the Requirements! Each school has its own set of requirements for professional school admission and understanding those requirements early on will help you stay on track.
- Follow Your Passion! While strong grades in the sciences is very important, you should not feel pressure to major in the sciences if you have a passion for another subject matter. Pre-Pharmacy students can be Philosophy majors. Pre-Nursing students can be Visual Arts majors. Do what you love.
- Get Experience! Gaining first hand knowledge about the profession you wish to enter is crucial during these pre-professional years. Volunteer in a hospital, shadow a nurse. Learn about what professionals in your field are doing.
- Get Involved! Join your departments Council of Majors or any clubs or societies related to your professional program. Don’t just join these groups, take leadership roles. This will help you become more aware of your field and will look great when you apply to professional school.
What our office has to offer you, the Pre-Professional student:
Our office offers comprehensive academic advising for students who are planning to enter professional programs in Dental Hygiene, Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant.
Our highly trained professional staff hold health related workshops throughout the entire year and we strongly encourage anyone interested in pursuing a professional program to attend as many programs as possible during their tenure at UMBC.
We offer a variety of printed resources for students interested in health careers, including:
- Get Into Pharmacy School: RX For Success
- Health Professions Career and Education Directory
- TEAS Review Manual, Version 5- Study Manual for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
**Please note that students who are interested in pursuing Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary or Pre-Optometry should visit the PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office online here.