How to Apply

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Shadowing Experience

Relevant shadowing experience is a vital component of your exploration of a future career in any of the allied-health fields. In addition, it is essential for a successful application. Southwestern’s Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) is a valuable resource. 

Contact Dana Luna at the CCPD to learn about shadowing opportunities. 

Postbaccalaureate Programs

Postbaccalaureate programs give you the opportunity to improve your academic record and/or strengthen your knowledge by taking advanced coursework. Most programs offer the opportunity to earn a master’s degree.

How can these programs help strengthen your application? These programs may be beneficial if you are a recent graduate whose goal is to enter medical, dental, or veterinary schools but whose credentials may hinder your application. Participation in a postbaccalaureate could possibly help you become a more competitive candidate.

Post baccalaureate programs in Texas

  • UNT Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers master of science degrees in the following areas: forensic genetics, biomedical sciences, biotechnology, clinical research management, and medical sciences.
  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center offers a master of science in biomedical sciences.
  • University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine offers a master of biomedical science.
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) offers a master of science in biomedical science.

Post baccalaureate programs in the U.S.

 Other Programs:

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

This is a six-week free summer academic enrichment program funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase diversity in the health profession. There are 12 participating universities across the nation. The program consists of

  • academic enrichment: basic sciences and math
  • clinical experiences
  • career development activities
  • learning and study skills seminars
  • financial planning workshop

The program includes a broad spectrum of health professions: medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and public health. 

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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Center for Diversity Affairs

UAMS has several summer programs that range from 2-6 weeks, for Pre-Health undergraduate and graduate students. The different programs include

  • Medical School PreMatriculation Program (MedEd Ready)
  • PreMedical Summer Scholars (PMSS)
  • Final MCAT preparation
  • Summer Research Internship

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