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4 Tips to Prepare for an Online Recruitment Fair

January 16, 2017 | 10:00am
Professionalism frequently takes a back seat to pith, sass and sarcasm on the internet, but the online recruitment fair is a whole different ballgame. To help you prepare for attending one of these online meet and greets, we went to an admissions insider at Gene Western Reserve University School of Read More

Accepted to Multiple Colleges? Here’s How to Choose One

January 12, 2017 | 10:00am
Congratulations — you applied to more than one college and just received multiple acceptance letters! This is great news and a reason to celebrate, but it also means you've got a big decision to make. Read on for a few quick tips to help you decide which college you should Read More

Spotlight on Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs)

January 9, 2017 | 10:06am
It might surprise you to learn that cervical cancer rates have decreased by over 5 percent in the past 30 years. This decrease is mostly due to the development of tests for infections and vaccinations as well as increased awareness of this health concern. Awareness is largely driven by campaigns Read More

Three Questions to Ask Pharmacy Schools

January 5, 2017 | 10:33am
You’re applying to pharmacy school, so you’re ready to answer a lot of questions. After all, you have an application to complete and a personal statement to write to answer questions that the admissions office has about your previous experiences and future goals.  But did you know that you should Read More

Spotlight on Public Health

January 2, 2017 | 10:13am
Is women's health care your area of interest? What about initiatives that promote women's health and healthy pregnancies, like the National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s Prevent to Protect? You might consider a career in public health with a focus on maternal and child health. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network has Read More

Get Started Now! You’ve Got a Career Ladder to Climb

December 29, 2016 | 10:12am
Here’s the good thing about health care as an industry: There are hardly any “dead end” jobs. If you consider each position a rung on the “career ladder,” every job in health care–from kitchen staff to janitor–can lead you closer to the rewarding position that’s the best fit for you. Read More

Yes, You Should Attend Graduate School Fairs

December 26, 2016 | 10:15am
If you’re reading this, you’re likely planning to continue your studies beyond the undergraduate level. Not only are you busy with your current schoolwork, but you spend much of your leftover time trying to plan the steps you should take to continue your education. Being so busy, is it worth Read More

An Admissions Insider’s Advice for Applying to Graduate School

December 22, 2016 | 10:00am
“Remember, as much as they are looking for the right student, you should be looking for the right school,” shared Chad Oppelt, Assistant Director of Graduate and Extended Studies Recruitment at The College of St. Scholastica, during a recent conversation that we had about applying to graduate school. ExploreHealthCareers.org (EHC): Read More

The Don’ts of Applying to College

December 19, 2016 | 3:00pm
College admission reps have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. What are the most common college application mistakes? We talked to the experts about how to simplify the college application process and reduce your stress by steering clear of damaging pitfalls.   Don't test at the last minute Read More

Pipeline Programs Expand Career Options

December 15, 2016 | 10:18am
Are you the first person in your family to go to college? Are you interested in pursuing a health care career but don’t meet all of the requirements to gain admissions to a health professions program? Then a pipeline program may be a good career-boosting choice for you. What are Read More

Accreditation FAQs: What You Need to Know

December 12, 2016 | 10:00am
Accreditation is one of the most important factors to consider when selecting an academic program. It may not be the only criterion you use, but it is one piece of the puzzle to help you decide if a specific program and school is right for you. What is accreditation? According Read More

Spotlight on Scholarships: How to Pay for Your Health Care Education

December 1, 2016 | 9:02pm
We’ve got good news: The number of scholarships available to you is likely to surprise you. As you begin to consider paying for your health care education, focus on finding scholarships that fit your interests, skills and abilities while also offering awards large enough to reduce your tuition by a Read More

Paying Outside of the Box: Unique Sources of Funding for Your Health Care Education

November 28, 2016 | 8:36pm
You may be generally aware of loans, grants and scholarships, but did you know that there are other unique sources of funding that could potentially pay for your health care education as well? In this post, we’ll explore two of these “outside of the box” funding sources: corporate and association Read More

The Dos of Applying to College

November 22, 2016 | 9:22pm
Getting into your top-pick colleges depends on the strength of your college application which showcases your top grades, extracurricular activities and personal essay. Every college has different criteria; so remember to stay focused and pay attention to details. Do choose wisely Clifford T. Thornton, Associate Dean of Admission at Wesleyan Read More

Choosing a Pre-Health Enrichment Program

November 21, 2016 | 5:02pm
Participating in a Health Care Careers Enrichment Program is an excellent way to learn what it’s like to work in that field.  It gives you invaluable experience and personal contacts—plus it can increase your chances of being accepted into the health professions program of your dreams. Programs that enhance your academic Read More

4 Things to Know About Non-Accredited Health Programs

November 14, 2016 | 4:07pm
If you read our FAQs on accreditation, you may have been left wondering if you really need to attend an accredited health care school or program. The truth is that the answer varies depending on the specifics of your career goals—some students do end up choosing to attend a non-accredited Read More

Job Shadowing Helps Health Care Students Save Time and Money

November 10, 2016 | 8:14pm
Many who are currently working in the health care field felt drawn to caring from the very beginning. They’re the people who as children couldn’t pass by a hurt bird without stopping to help. Or the ones who from a very early age were outraged by health care inequality and Read More

The Secret to an Affordable Health Professions Education?

November 7, 2016 | 8:39pm
While grants, scholarships and loans are great choices for financing your health care education, there is another option you may want to consider, especially if you are interested in a career in primary care. Service commitment programs are designed to provide borrowers with financial support in exchange for a service Read More

The 4 Cs of College Essay Writing

November 3, 2016 | 8:36pm
Your college essay may be just one part of your application packet, but it's an important one. Feeling anxious about showing admissions officers who are you on the page? The four Cs of college essay right can help you tell an engaging story that captures the reader's interest and makes Read More

5 Common Mistakes in Choosing a Health Care Major

October 31, 2016 | 5:45pm
Choosing and declaring your health care major is a big decision. While we can't give you sure-fire tips on choosing the perfect path, we can offer some guidance on what not to do when choosing a health care major. Rushing Even if it feels like all of your friends already Read More

How to Pay for Your Non-Accredited Education

October 27, 2016 | 4:48pm
If you're considering choosing to attend a non-accredited school, two financial challenges may lay ahead: Not having access to federal student aid (which leads to private student loans) and keeping federal student loans you may have in good standing during school. Private student loans Private student loans tend to have Read More

Three Ways to Find a Health Career Mentor

October 24, 2016 | 3:48pm
Think back to a time when you conquered an assignment that you thought was impossible, all thanks to the gracious help of your teacher. Remember how great that felt? Now imagine what it would be like to have that feeling on a regular basis. Having a mentor will make it Read More

How Much Your Health Care Education Will Actually Cost You

October 20, 2016 | 8:18pm
Let’s say the sticker price for your dream college is $35,000 per year—this includes tuition, fees, room and board charges, and an allowance for books, supplies, transportation and personal expenses. Now let’s say that you can’t afford to pay $35,000 to attend this school, but you really like the school Read More

Six Ways to Get a Jump on Your Personal Statement

October 17, 2016 | 6:40pm
One of the scariest parts of applying to college is writing the dreaded college essay. Some students hear the words "personal statement" and instantly freeze. What should you say? How much should you share? Where do you start? Use these tips to stop thinking about your statement and starting writing Read More

To Glide or Not to Glide? 4 Reasons to Consider Taking a Year Off

October 10, 2016 | 3:33pm
While some students go straight from their undergraduate studies into a graduate health professions program, many students take a year off, or a glide year (occasionally called a gap year). What's the benefit? Here are four reasons taking a year off between your undergrad studies and graduate school might be Read More

What’s the Deal with No-Loan Policies?

October 6, 2016 | 9:31pm
Can you imagine graduating from college without any debt? In an effort to attract and serve students from all backgrounds, increase economic diversity and reduce loan indebtedness, some colleges began creating no-loan policies over a decade ago. A no-loan policy replaces student loans with grants (money you do not have Read More

3 Ways Volunteer Work Helps Your College Application

October 3, 2016 | 7:04pm
Finding paid summer jobs can be a challenge for students, but for health care students, clinics and other health care offices often have unpaid opportunities that pay career dividends later. Talk to teachers, advisors, family members and neighbors to find open opportunities near you. It may take a little effort, Read More

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Pre-Health Enrichment Program

September 29, 2016 | 5:50pm
Enrolling in a pre-health enrichment program—a summer program, semester internship, volunteer position or part-time job—will give you practical work experience, build confidence and can help launch your health career before you’re out of school. How can you make sure you make the most of your pre-health enrichment program? Seek out Read More

Graduate College in Four Years or Less

September 26, 2016 | 8:53am
The longer you take to obtain your degree, the more expensive that degree becomes. Here are three tips that can increase the chances you graduate college in four years or less. Tip #1: Plan ahead If you are in high school, your guidance counselor can administer a career interest inventory Read More

Want a High-paying Health Care Career? Do the Math

September 22, 2016 | 4:01pm
Most high school students have one goal in mind: receiving their diploma. But if you want to pursue a health career, simply meeting graduation requirements may not be enough. Taking four years of math and science in high school will put you on the path toward a rewarding health care Read More

Your Roadmap to Health Care Career Success: Senior Year

September 19, 2016 | 7:06pm
In recent posts, we’ve shared freshman, sophomore and junior year directions for students who are planning on a health care career that requires graduate school. Finally, it's senior year! Be sure to check out our general health care education overview plan, too.   During Senior Year Keep up your grades. Read More

Your Roadmap to Health Care Career Success: Junior Year

September 15, 2016 | 6:58pm
We've shared our thoughts freshman year directions and sophomore year directions for students who are planning on a health care career that requires graduate school. Now, it's onto junior year! Be sure to check out our senior year directions, as well as our general health care education overview guidance here. Read More

Your Roadmap to Health Care Career Success: Sophomore Year

September 12, 2016 | 6:43pm
We shared tips in this post for undergrad freshman pursuing health care careers that require graduate school. Now we focus on what you can do sophomore year to move that much closer to your goal. You can also check out our junior and senior year directions, as well as our Read More

Your Roadmap to Health Care Career Success: Freshman Year

September 8, 2016 | 6:37pm
If you are planning on a health care career that requires graduate school, it's not too early to prepare. To help, we’ve created a series of roadmaps for health care career success to help undergraduate students get to their goal. Below you’ll find our freshman year directions. Be sure to Read More

Health Care Education Prep FAQs

September 5, 2016 | 2:09pm
We sat down with Marcia Boynton, Director of the Institute for Health Studies and Health Professions Advisor at Adrian College in Michigan, to answer some frequently asked questions about preparing for a health care career. What education is needed to pursue a health career? The answer to this question varies, Read More

7 Tips for Studying Science

August 31, 2016 | 7:40pm
Developing an in-depth understanding of complex scientific principles can take an enormous amount of time and effort. Tackling a difficult text can be daunting, even for the most intelligent student. So daunting, in fact, you may be tempted to put off your assigned reading until the last possible moment.   Read More

Need to Retake Your Standardized Tests? We can help.

August 29, 2016 | 8:39pm
It happens to the best of us: You get your standardized test scores and you’re not feeling great about how you did. Don’t worry! If you didn’t wait until the last minute to take the test, then you likely have the option of retaking exams to improve your scores. The Read More

How to Prepare for Standardized Tests

August 25, 2016 | 8:27pm
Preparing for standardized tests can be overwhelming, especially if you get caught up thinking about their importance to your college application. While there's no one single way to ensure you ace your tests, there are some things you can do to set yourself up for a successful test-taking day.   Read More