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Frequently asked professional school interview questions

It is important to practice answering interview questions out loud. Going over your answers in your head is not enough! Remember that your answers will be far more meaningful and memorable if you share brief anecdotes and specific examples that support the statements you make, rather than relying on generalizations...

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How to prepare for your first professional school interview

Interviews are very important! If you are invited in for an interview, that means that the admissions committee has determined that you have met their academic qualifications. Among all of the students who meet their academic qualifications, however, the interview has a strong influence on who is ultimately offered admission...

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8 interview preparation tips for health profession schools

Make a mental list of the four to five attributes (and relevant experiences) that you consider being your greatest strengths. That way, you will feel more organized at the interview and, if the interviewer asks if there is anything else you would like to share, you can bring up any...

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How to narrow your professional school list

Refer back to the Areas of Interest in each section of our website to identify the number of different schools people commonly apply to for your profession. You should not apply to too many schools, especially if you will need to fill out supplemental applications for each school. (If so,...

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How to decide on a professional school

We recommend that you refer to the appropriate admissions reference guide or website for your intended profession to start learning about the different schools in your profession. In general, your criteria should include the following: You should apply to the public professional school(s) in the state of which you are...

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How to write a personal statement

Writing about yourself can be a challenge! The process might be easier if you start by structuring the personal statement as an argument paper. And what is your argument? That you should be accepted to a healthcare-related professional program. In your personal statement, you need to somehow communicate a solid...

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Three Tips for Writing an Effective, Memorable Personal Statement

Personal statements give a better understanding of who you are, beyond the rigid constraints of the “fill-in-the-blank” application. It's like a short reflective essay you write about why you’re the perfect candidate for the degree program you are seeking. It’s important to note that you might only write one personal...

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Tips for writing your secondary application

Many schools will require you to submit a secondary (sometimes called “supplemental”) application, directly to the school, along with a supplemental application fee. Most schools will ask you to write additional essays. The secondary essays give you a chance to explain why you think you are a good fit for...

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Activities to list on your primary application

To begin, we suggest that you create a list of what you have done. Your path toward professional school is reflected in what you have done and you have done a lot of things! Here is the approach we suggest to get started: Divide a piece of paper in half,...

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General rules for primary applications

For many types of healthcare-related professional programs, you will need to submit a common application (“primary application") through a centralized application service. You will then also need to submit supplementary (or “secondary”) applications to each of the schools to which you apply. The impression you make with your primary application...

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