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Web Links for Pre-health Professions Students


Sites with Links Organized by Health Profession - career information

Links to Health Professions Websites, by the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

Careers in Allied Health. This site was developed using text from the Health Professions Career and Education Directory (HPCED), published annually by the American Medical Association (AMA).  The web site has information on over 40 careers ranging from well-know (e.g., physical therapy) to lesser-known (e.g., medical illustrator, music therapist).  

The AMA Medical Education Resource site also contains a list of professional associations at

Links to Many Medical and Health Career Descriptions, a section of the Biology Careers Page hosted at Furman University.

Useful web sites for Prehealth Professions Students at Wake Forest University


Pre-Health Advising Centers (at Colleges and Universities) These sites often contain links organized by various health careers as well as advisement information

Tuthill's EXPLORE CAREERS: Health, Medicine & Life Science at Duke University

Internet Resources for Pre-Health Students at Syracuse University   (the home page of the Health Professions Advisory Program, with other useful links is at

Pre-Professional Health Advising General Information at San Diego State University.  Besides providing links for different health careers, the site provides information on interviewing and writing your essay.

Pre-Health Professions Advising, at the University of Florida.  Contains a FAQ section, Health Professions Handbook, and useful "handouts" (should I retake the MCAT, tips for interviews and writing personal statements, planning timeline).

Advising for Medicine and the Allied Health Professions at Gettysburg College.   Includes a FAQ section

Preprofessional Health Programs, at Christian Brothers University.  Lots of information on a variety of health careers, a weekly newsletter, FAQ among others.


Professional Organizations and School Associations

Medicine (Allopathic, Osteopathic, Podiatric)

American Association of Medical Colleges (allopathic medicine general information for pre-med students, as well as the MCAT and AMCAS application service.   Student page located at

American Medical Association (allopathic medicine) at

American Medical Student Association has information specific for pre-med students at

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine at

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine at

American Podiatric Medical Association careers page at


American Dental Education Association (formerly American Association of Dental Schools)   Information on Dental Admission Test

American Dental Association

American Dental Student Association


Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry   Information on the Optometry Admission Test

American Academy of Optometry

Veterinary Medicine

Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges at

American Veterinary Medical Association at

Physical Therapy. American Physical Therapy Association at

Occupational Therapy. Americal Occupational Therapy Association at

Physician Assisting. American Academy of Physician Assistants at

Pharmacy. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Student page at

Graduate Record Exam, which is required as part of the application process in several professional programs


Miscellaneous Links

Medical School Interview Feedback, a site that contains information from students who have completed medical school interviews.  The comments are organized by medical school.

Brad's Premed Resource Center.  Links here are heavy on sites created by medical students about their experiences with advice on the application process.   There are also sites on interviewing and MCAT prep.

Pfizer's "Positive Profiles", a site designed for pre-med students.   Included on the site is the "Medical School Manual: A Practical Guide to Admissions to US Medical Schools".

How to Decide if Medicine is the Career for You, a site at Cal Tech.   Besides providing information implied by the title, this site provides clear guidelines on what a prospective pre-med should be doing throughout their college career.   Their suggestion on taking the MCAT between the sophomore and junior years is not what I recommend unless you have completed all the minimum biology, chemistry, and physics courses by the end of the sophomore year.  Their estimate of needed MCAT scores of 30+ is on the high side for SC Medical Schools.

A Road "MAAP" to the Medical Promised Land: An Advising Manual for Those Planning a Career in the Health Professions, an on-line manual at the University of Virginia.  This manual covers selecting among the various health careers, health-care experience, applications, interviews, testing, and financial aspects.

Links to all North American Veterinary Medicine Schools, a list produced for the Cornell University Pre-Vet Newsletter


South Carolina Medical and Other Health Professions Schools:

The Medical University of South Carolina.  MUSC has programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assisting, occupational therapy, medical technology, cytotechnology, perfusion, speech-language pathology, graduate programs in biomedical sciences, nurse anesthesia, and health administration.

USC School of Medicine.  USCSOM has program in medicine, genetic counseling, rehabilitation counseling, nurse anesthesia, and biomedical science.

The USC Graduate School ( ) also has a variety of health programs such as


Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Health Administration

Exercise Science

Physical Therapy

Environmental Health Sciences

While South Carolina does not have its own programs in Optometry and Veterinary Medicine, the state maintains cooperative agreements with selected schools:

Veterinary Medicine

University of Georgia

Tuskegee University


Southern College of Optometry

University of Alabama-Birmingham


last revised 26 June 2001