Study pre-health • Prepare for medical school • Make an impact
What to expect in the Pre-Health Professions Program at JBU
The Pre-Health Professions Program (PHPP) guides, equips and encourages you in pursuing acceptance to professional school and a career in the health professions.
Receive comprehensive personal evaluations
The PHPP provides a written evaluation to students in the spring of their sophomore year that summarizes their strengths and "growth opportunities" and makes concrete suggestions for how they can improve their competitiveness for medical school or other professional schools of interest.
Craft career-specific timetables
The PHPP provides career-specific timetables for what students need to accomplish during each semester at JBU to prepare for applying to professional school.
Attend informational workshops
Numerous workshops are provided to assist students in preparing for various aspects of the professional school application process.
Participate in career shadowing
Students have the opportunity to "job shadow" health care providers in their career field of interest.
Students who are granted interviews at professional schools have the opportunity to participate in a mock interview with JBU faculty to enhance their interview preparedness.
Enjoy a high success rate
Approximately 75-80% of students who complete the program and apply to professional school are accepted the first time. The acceptance rate approaches 100% for students who reapply the following year.
See what our students are saying...
The PHPP program and my PHPP advisors helped me prepare for and work through the process that led to me getting accepted into occupational therapy school. My advisors helped me find shadowing opportunities, edited my personal statement, and encouraged me throughout the application and interview process. It was helpful to know I had a team of people that I could go to with any questions that I had.
The PHPP has been indispensable to me throughout my years at JBU. Evaluations from my professors, interview practice, and resume advice helped to keep me on track with requirements and boosted my confidence as I applied to Veterinarian school. I believe the influence of this program not only helped me to achieve my professional goals, but has shaped my character to make me a better representative of Christ.
The guidance I received from my PHPP advisors and the PHPP program more than prepared me for what I needed to get into optometry school. As a non-science major, this program was necessary in providing the insight and advice I needed to be a competitive applicant.
My PHPP advising team has been a wonderful resource and incredible blessing during my college years. In addition to arranging shadowing opportunities and providing advice as I applied to medical school, they have also prayed with me, offered encouragement from Scripture, and supported me in my faith. My PHPP team helped me get accepted into medical school and invested in my personal growth along the way.
I came to JBU with a handful of passions and no idea how I could use them for the Lord. I have no doctors in my family and had no idea what medical school even was. All I knew was that I loved science and using science to help people. I knew I could not navigate the very intimidating but extremely exciting road to becoming a doctor without someone guiding me. After I applied to the PHPP, my advising team stepped in to help. Now, I am well on my way to applying to med school and plan to become a family physician.
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