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Are you an academic advisor or career counselor? Are you a pre-health adviser at a college or university outside of the University of Minnesota system? Or perhaps you are a high school counselor or teacher working with a student who has pre-health interests? This section of our website is created with you in mind. 

The Health Careers Center is a specialized career center, bridging between the University of Minnesota’s undergraduate colleges and the programs within the University’s Academic Health Center, that helps University undergraduate students, high school students, and returning learners explore health career options, build effective skills and qualities for developing, and prepare for admission into health professional programs.

Explore the links presented here, designed to help you in your work with pre-health and pre-med students. 

Health Career Options

This link provides information on health careers. Explore career specific descriptions, occupational outlooks, and general program details for the health professional programs at the University of Minnesota as well as health programs not available at the University.

Building a Student Portfolio

This section includes information to help students build a well-rounded and authentic portfolio of experiences that will help them become a competitive applicant. It includes information on:

  • academics
  • learning abroad
  • volunteering
  • research,
  • student organizations,
  • more! 

Letters of Recommendation

This section provides guidance for both students requesting letters of recommendation as well as for those that have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student.

Online Workshops + Action Plans

 
Online Workshops
Our online workshops are packed with helpful advice, video clips, and short exercises to help students reflect on different parts of their journey to a health professional program. The workshops include an opportunity for the student to complete some "work product", for example, the Personal Statement workhop helps students complete a draft of their personal statement. In the HCC, we use these "work products" to increase effiency in student appointments - students are required to submit their online workshop "work product" before scheduling an appointment with a career counselor. 

  • Planning for Medical School
  • Personal Statements for a Health Program
  • Interviewing for a Health Program
  • Exploring Public Health
  • Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety

Health Program Action Plans
There are many components to a student's preparation to a health professional program, many of them are outlined in this Build Your Student Portfolio section. Health professional program application committees are looking for well-rounded applicants, that have a wide range of experiences. Students can use one of our action plans to help you get organized on your road to application to the health professional program of your choice.

Students then can use these action plans to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a career counselor, either in the HCC, or with you! It's a helpful planning tool for the student, but also for the advisor/counselor to see the big picture. Action Plans are available for the following health programs:

  • Dentistry Action Plan
  • Medicine (DO) Action Plan 
  • Medicine (MD) Action Plan 
  • Nursing (MN) Action Plan
  • Occupational Therapy Action Plan
  • Pharmacy Action Plan
  • Public Health Action Plan (access connected to Explore Public Health online workshop)
  • Physician Assistant Action Plan
  • Physical Therapy Action Plan
  • Veterinary Medicine Action Plan

Health Program Information Sessions

Learn more about a specific program through these information sessions offered throughout the year by Program Representatives from each of the programs.

Health Career Exploration Courses

Have an eager student gunning to be a medical doctor?  Introduce them to our Future Physician Series. Are you talking to a student who feels pre-health is an intriguing area but they can’t settle on a specific program?  Tell them about our Orientation to Health Careers course. Explore the many credit courses the Health Careers Center offers.

Note: These courses are offered for college credit, and are available to University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus students and PSEO students only.

Program Application Guide

This section of our website outlines some of the common parts of the application process to a health professional program, such as: admission tests, centralized application services, letters of recommendation, program technical standards, etc. 

Questions?

Contact us at 612-624-6767 or email us at hcc@umn.edu. We are here to help!