How do you get started? The topics listed in the left margin explain what health professions look for, the courses we recommend, tips on scheduling, how to find experiences, and many other details. Preparing for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or other health careers is often a developmental process, so set a program that works for you and refer to this website when you have questions.
Don't forget to sign up for the email listserv and for AdviseStream, and meet with your Prehealth Advisor for a check at least once a year.
For New Students
We have two documents that may make your planning a little easier.
- Prehealth Tips for Fall Classes 2017 is a general guide for choosing classes in your first semester at Duke.
- Prehealth Guide for First and Second Year Students gives you an overall view of prehealth planning, including what medical and other health professions schools look for, required courses, and how to find experiences. This is handed out at the Prehealth Info Session during Orientation each year.
Note to Pre-Vet and Pre-Dental Students
The information on this site refers primarily to the application process to medical, dental, and veterinary schools. Information for medical and dental schools is similar; however, veterinary schools may have slightly different requirements. For additional information on dental and veterinary schools, see the Duke Pre-Dental Society website and Duke Pre-Vet Society website.