Pre-Healthcare Professions Advising at WWU
Undergraduate grades are critically reviewed in the application process. Students planning a career in one of the health professions must strive for good grades, but there is no particular grade cutoff that will guarantee your acceptance into professional school (although an overall grade point of 3.5 and at least 9's on the MCAT examination or 19's on the DAT examination will likely result in an interview). You will be evaluated on both your cumulative grade point average and your "science" (biology, physics, chemistry) grade point average. While grades should not affect your choice of classes, you should be realistic in how you manage your course loads. Getting A's and B's in a 15-credit course load is better than attempting 20 credits and getting C's.
Also, majoring in a field you enjoy can positively influence your grades. Why struggle academically in an area that you don't like or where you can't do well?
Pursue your personal academic interests at the undergraduate level, because there will not be time to do so while in professional school. Try to get the most out of your undergraduate experience!
Avoid establishing negative flags on your academic record (e.g. patterns of course withdrawals and repeats). Occasionally, there may be a legitimate reason for not staying with a particular class. Don't wrestle alone with your decision about what to do. Seek advice from your instructor, departmental advisors, the pre-healthcare professions advisor, and the Academic Advising Center when making critical choices and decisions. Advisors cannot predict what will be the right thing to do in the eyes of the professional school admissions committee, but they can help you identify and evaluate your options.
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