Applying to Health Professions Schools

It used to be common for students to apply to health professional schools the summer prior to their senior year of college. This allowed students to matriculate directly to the health professions school immediately following their graduation from Lafayette. Today, according to the AAMC, this no longer seems to be the trend, with the average age of matriculants currently in the mid-twenties (24 for medical school).

There are many different ways to complete the required HP courses. As you contemplate which model works best for you, you need to keep a variety of factors in mind.

MODEL I—Applying during the summer prior to the senior year

Students complete HP coursework prior to graduation and take the relevant admissions test before the fall of their senior year. Under this model, the successful applicant will matriculate to a health professions school the autumn following graduation from Lafayette.

MODEL II — Applying after graduation

Students complete their required HP coursework prior to graduation and take their relevant admissions test during or after their senior year.

Alternatively, students complete or improve upon their required HP coursework after graduating from Lafayette by enrolling in a post-bac program and taking the admissions test after their senior year.

Under this model, the successful applicant will matriculate to a health professions school a year or more after graduating from Lafayette.

Which model is best for you?

For some, taking all the required HP courses in a relatively concentrated timeframe is appropriate. For others, spreading them out over a longer period of time works best even if it means taking some of those courses over the summer or after graduation.

In the long run, it is important to select the pathway and timeline that best fits your interests and abilities.

It must be emphasized that there is no single “best way” to prepare for a career in the health professions. Follow a model that works best for you.