Pre-Health Career Development
The Career Development Office can help students explore and market themselves for potential opportunities in health care settings as well as help them identify their fit in the field as a whole. Career Advisers will meet one on one with students to assist with the development of resumes, cover letters, and personal statements as well as in exploring involvement opportunities that will help students in reaching their career goals.
Students who are interested in going to graduate or professional school such as Medical School or Dental School should meet with a career adviser early to develop a strategic four year plan. The office can also help guide students through the entire application process towards professional school and ensure they are taking all the steps necessary to gain acceptance. Please explore the Pre-Health handout found below to gain greater insights on what you as a student should be doing as you prepare for your future as a health care professional.
- Health Professions Handout
- Time line for Professional School
- Requesting Shadowing Opportunities
- How to Request Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement Tips
Exploring your Future: Targeted Events and Programs
- Clinical Exploration Program: NSU's Clinical Exploration Program offers students the opportunity to shadow medical professionals on the job in many of NSU’s medical and health clinics. Program participants gain a broad perspective that shows how various medical fields work together and a practical, up-close review of several medical career options. Clinical Exploration Program Application*Make this a clickable hyperlink to http://cnso.nova.edu/undergraduate/biology/documents/cepapp.pdf
- Early Immersion Program: This interactive experience will give you the opportunity to visit an NSU graduate or professional program of your choice. While at the graduate/ professional school you will interact with graduate students, participate in a hands-on activity, and gain knowledge of career fields; all while learning valuable tips to assist you in reaching your career goals.
- Pre Health Day: The Career Development Office hosts a Pre-Health Day conference every year in the winter semester. The Pre-Health Day is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare to gain insights on the application process for medical, dental, optometry, physical/occupational therapy and all other professional schools. This will also be an ideal avenue to network with current professionals in the field and hear their journey towards reaching their career goals. The Pre-Health day will consist of Panel Mock Interviews facilitated by current faculty members and professional staff, breakout sessions led by current Healthcare professionals, a panel of current Health Professions Division (HPD) students who will share their own experiences in their respective programs, and finally a workshop on admissions and managing the application process.
- Trick to the Treat Event: Hear student present on their Biology and Medicine Internship and research experiences. Learn how and why to apply to a science related internship and research opportunity. Have your questions answered by faculty and career staff members.
No appointment necessary during for Drop-In sessions. Drop-In Advisement is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with a career adviser and is a quick and easy first step. Advisement sessions can help you begin the conversation about what interests you in medicine and how you plan to reach your future goals while developing skills necessary to become a successful doctor or healthcare professional. The advisement sessions can also help you develop a strategic plan early on in college to ensure your application is competitive for medical school or other healthcare programs. Career Advisers can provide you with a greater understanding of what types of experiences will make you more marketable upon graduation from NSU. "Drop-In Sessions" last approximately 15 minutes and are on a first-come, first-served basis. See below for schedule.
Drop in hours will be held Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Horvitz Administrations Building.
This service allows students to work one-on-one with a career adviser who can assist with:
- Targeting your resume, cover letter, and CV to accompany your medical school or other professional school application
- Helping you develop strong interview skills
- Graduate school selection and planning
- Developing a strong Personal statement for your application process
- Identifying experiential opportunities which will make you a stronger candidate for professional healthcare programs like medical school
- Mock Interviews to help you prepare for specific programs
Student can make appointments by calling (954) 262-7201.