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Professional school preparation : • How do you do it? • When do you do it? • What does it cost? • What is expected of you?
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Professional school preparation : • veterinary medicine (DVM) • human medicine (MD, DO, DC, T, PA, etc) PT, PA, etc) • graduate school (MS, PhD) • law school (JD) • business school (MBA)
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Professional school preparation : • begins your first semester in college…. or before! gorous courses • rigorous courses • moderate to heavy credit load • achieve high grade point average (GPA) in college [ >3.3/4.0 ] • KEEP OPTIONS OPEN!
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Professional school preparation : • keep detailed records! - academic honors, honor societies, holarships scholarships - club activities/leadership - community service - work experience: hours worked, duties performed, etc.
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Professional school application : • start at least 18 months prior to application deadline • evaluate multiple programs – good match for your career goals? • make personal contact • make site visit (if possible) • rank/prioritize programs
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Professional school application : What is typically required? • 1) transcripts/complete academic record • 2) must meet entrance requirements: - specific pre-admission courses - minimum GPA - standardized exam score
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Standardized examinations : • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) – www.ets.org/gre/ [cost: $160] CAT (Medical College Admission Test) • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) – https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ [cost: $235] • LSAT (Law School Admission Test) – http://www.lsac.org/JD/LSAT/test-dates-deadlines.asp [cost: $136 + $124 = $260 ]
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Professional school application : 3) letters of reference - usually at least three - strive for balance among: a) faculty member / educator b) employer / research supervisor c) character reference AVOID BLOOD RELATIVES!
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Letters of Recommendation: • ask (don’t assume) • keep in contact post-employment/post-class • sign waiver of confidentiality? a) don’t pick someone you don’t trust b) if you reserve the right to read the letter, this sends a message to the letter writer that you don’t trust what they will say (somewhat of an insult)
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Letters of Recommendation: • Help the letter writers by providing: - circumstances/date when you first met - for educators: courses you’ve taken, when, grade earned; club activities - for employers: dates employed, major duties, - for all: resume and unofficial transcript
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: 4) written application form (often on-line) - education - work experience 5) essays - career goals - Why this program? - Why are you qualified/a good fit?
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2012 for the course ANS 235 taught by Professor Kilmer during the Fall '08 term at Iowa State.

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