Cherissa Medina is a pre-health advisor at Grand Canyon University. She assists students navigating the process of applying to graduate school. She is a Phoenix native and loves it here – you can’t beat the weather and food! Her undergraduate degree is in psychology, and she is pursuing a second master’s degree in psychology. Cherissa has loved learning from a young age and believes in the importance of education. She knew from a young age that she would go to college. She was the first person in her family (extended family, too) to go to college and graduate.
Many pharmacy schools, medical schools and other health care graduate programs are already accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year. The Office of Pre-Health Advising at Grand Canyon University gets asked a lot of questions about the application process. Before applying, though, there are a few steps you should take.
Check the Admission Requirements
The most important step is to ensure that you meet the school’s minimum requirements to apply. You will need to ensure you meet the GPA and graduate entrance exam score minimum requirements. You should also confirm that you meet the prerequisite course requirements.
Read the Application Instructions Carefully
Most schools list their application requirements on their admissions page. This page will also tell you if they participate in a common application or if you need apply directly to the school. The second way to learn about application requirements is to go to the directory of schools page of the common application service. This will list all of the schools that participate in the common application service, and it will have a link to schools’ admissions requirements.
The next step is to read the application instructions thoroughly. This step is very important and will help you avoid any mishaps. It will also help you to fill out the application correctly, sufficiently and in a timely manner. The frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) section of the instructions will also help you get answers to your questions quickly, so pay attention to this section.
Make Time to Apply
Once you have read the instructions thoroughly, you are ready to being your application. Plan to spend about 10 hours filling it out. There are several steps to each application, and you want to give yourself ample time to fill it out correctly and avoid costly delays. Now you are ready to gather your application materials and ask for your letters of recommendation.
Grand Canyon University offers pre-professional biology programs to help you prepare for medical school, pharmacy school and more. Find out more about our degree programs by contacting us today!