Learn About Careers in the Health Professions

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Working in a health profession can provide you with an interesting, satisfying, and stimulating career that will allow you to help others.

Environmental Studies

Frances Adjorlolo
Frances Adjorlolo ’08

There are many career options for environmental studies majors/minors. Career paths will differ depending on whether one wants to focus on law and policy making, on teaching and communication, on more advanced research, or another intersection of environmental studies and another discipline.

Completing Your Application

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Many health professions schools use a centralized application service to collect applicant information and transcripts, verify the information, and to forward these materials to designated schools. Some services also collect and transmit letters of recommendation. Often there is an instruction manual created by the application service each year that is available on-line. Read this and use it as you complete your applications.

It is extremely important that you read carefully all instructions regarding the application process for your...

Application Requirements and Timeline (2019-2020) (Scroll to End for Timeline)

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Applying to health professions schools can be a long and complex process. Wellesley College Health Professions Advising (HPA) would like to provide you with the support and resources you need to make your application strong and your experience positive.

For Health Profession School Applicants in the 2019-2020 Cycle

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Members of the Health Professions Advising (HPA) staff are here to assist you through the process of applying to health professions schools in the 2018-2019 admission cycle!

What To Do If You Are Not Accepted

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

If you are placed on a waitlist, do not give up hope. Students may be accepted from the waitlist at any time up until the first day of class, depending on the policy of the individual school. Many Wellesley students have successfully entered health professions schools off of waitlists. However, begin alternative planning in case you are not accepted off of the waitlist.

Managing Acceptances

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Health professions schools have varying timelines for notifying applicants about acceptances.

Interviewing for Health Professions School

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Participating in interviews is a critical part of the application process. Not only is a school trying to decide if an applicant is a good fit for the institution, the school is also trying to market the school and its programs to the applicant. An interview can greatly enhance or negatively impact an applicant’s chance for admission.

Sending Application Updates

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

The application process spans a long period of time. During that time, you have have accomplishments you would want to share with the schools to which you are applying.

Completing Secondary Applications (Health Profession Schools)

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

After receiving your primary application, health professions schools may ask you to complete a secondary application and pay a supplemental application fee.

GPA Calculations for Health Profession Schools

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

In evaluating your application, health professions schools will look at your courses, grades, and grade point averages (GPAs). They may look at your overall GPA from Wellesley, your overall undergraduate GPA (including any undergraduate courses taken away from Wellesley), and your graduate GPA. Many will also look at your science or “BCPM” GPA, which is typically calculated from Biology (including Neuroscience), Chemistry, Physics, and Math (including statistics) course grades.

“I realized that my heart was in health communications — how could we use words and pictures to influence the health behavior decision process?”

“As a nurse I have educated patients and their families, provided a shoulder to cry on, assisted in surgeries, managed complicated equipment, advocated for my patients, saved them from unsafe prescribed doses of medications, visited new families at home, and witnessed both birth and death. I am a touchstone for patients and their families in their most joyful and tragic moments, and it is an honor.”

Writing Personal Statements (Health Professions)

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Personal statements are a vital part of applications for health professions schools. This is your opportunity to distinguish yourself as an individual. Think about the factors that have shaped both who you are and your desire to become a health professional. This is the place where you can describe the real you.

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Letters of recommendation are required as part of most application processes. How you submit these letters as well as the numbers and types of letters required will vary by school. You are responsible for visiting individual school and centralized application services websites to understand exactly what types and how many letters of recommendation you will need to submit and how they should be sent.

Selecting Health Profession Schools

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Narrowing down the list of health professions schools to which you want to apply can be a daunting task. It will take time and effort. Remember that this is a big step in your life, so be thorough and thoughtful as you research schools and programs. Here are some tips and suggestions: