Personal Statements for a Health Program


Laptop and PaperAn Online Workshop to Help You with Your Personal Statement

This online workshop will give you the structure you seek when you are preparing your statement for health professional programs. You will also be able to receive feedback on your personal statement draft.

This workshop includes or covers the following:

  • Why admissions committees require personal statements as part of the application
  • Strategies for deciding what to include in your statement
  • How to present yourself and your experience in the best light
  • How/if to address extenuating circumstances in your statement
  • Several writing and reflection exercises for identifying  your goals, strengths, weaknesses, and motivation

By completing the exercises, you will have a complete draft of your statement and will be eligible to schedule an individualized 30-minute review of your personal statement with a Health Careers Center staff member. Reviews can be completed in-person or by phone.

Please note that we are only able to review one draft statement per appointment. If you have made significant revisions to your essay after submitting your draft, please contact the Health Careers Center front desk to reschedule your appointment 24 hours in advance. Also, please note that we are unable to accommodate requests for reviews of supplemental/secondary essays.


Watch a Demo Now

To learn more about this unique online workshop offered through the Health Careers Center: Watch a Demo
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The comments and feedback provided during the “Personal Statement Critique”, "Action Planning", or similar sessions are provided for informational purposes only; the Health Careers Center makes no guarantees or warranties, either expressed or implied, regarding admissions decisions by any academic program, including those at the University of Minnesota. While we make every effort to provide accurate and current information, it is the recipient’s responsibility to consult with relevant admissions personnel to learn about admissions requirements and prerequisites. 

Registration & Details

Time to complete:
2 - 4 hours (approx.)

No charge for U of M Twin Cities students (it is covered by the student services fee). Otherwise, costs range from $25-30 per person, depending on the student's status (non-U of M Twin Cities students, alumni and non-students).

Click here to register

Accessing the Workshop:
Once registered, you will then access this workshop via your Moodle homepage, where you will need to log in. Look for your workshop under "Non-Academic Courses" in your Moodle Kiosk at the bottom of the page. Contact the HCC with any questions regarding accessing this workshop after initial registration.

Follow-up appointment:
Upon completion of the workshop

Computer Requirements:
This online workshop currently uses Moodle, the University's learning management system, and runs best on Mozilla Firefox. For information on computer requirements, Moodle help, or other access issues, look here for the Moodle Support Site.


For questions about the this online workshop, please contact the Health Careers Center at or 612-624-6767.