Below is a general timetable for success. Further details are in the Juniata College Health Professions Manual and are covered in annual all-class meetings and announcements through our in-house electronic list-serve.

Freshman year

  • Attend the annual freshman class meeting in the fall
  • If you are interested in an accelerated affiliation, contact Dr. Amanda Siglin no later than the end of the first semester
  • Begin thinking about study abroad and take language classes if appropriate
  • Make sure you have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee
  • Become familiar with the advising guidelines on our website and carefully plan your courses in consultation with your advisor
  • Plan to get some experience in your intended field during semester breaks and/or over the summer
  • Participate in the summer reading assignment in preparation for your upcoming Admissions Exam

Sophomore year

  • Attend the annual sophomore class meeting in the fall
  • Apply for study abroad if you are interested
  • If you are pursuing a 2 + 2 program, apply in the fall
  • If you are interested in a 3 + _ program attend all the applicant meetings and prepare to take your admission exam no later than June, if possible
  • Assess your progress and plan your course work in consultation with your health professions advisor. Expect to be formally notified of your progress by the Committee over winter break
  • Investigate schools in which you may be interested in order to check for any additional prerequisite courses they may require
  • Plan to get some experience in your intended field during semester breaks and/or over the summer
  • Participate in the summer reading assignment in preparation for your upcoming Admissions Exam

Junior year

  • Attend the annual junior class meeting in the fall
  • Carefully review your career plans in consultation with your health professions advisor and make adjustments or consider alternatives if necessary
  • Attend our In-House Admission Exam Test Prep course, if applicable, and take your exam no later than June, if possible
  • Attend the interview training workshop, be interviewed by the Health Professions Committee, and set up your permanent file
  • Work on your personal statement for professional school application
  • Seriously investigate schools to which you may want to apply and be certain that you will have completed all prerequisite courses and College requirements
  • Attend the Application Workshop and apply for professional school during the summer or early next fall, depending on the health professions field
  • Begin earnestly finding out about financial aid options for professional school and pay off any credit card debts. Save money for applications and interviewing.
  • Continue gaining experience in your intended field during semester breaks and/or over the summer

Senior year

  • Attend the annual senior class meeting in the fall
  • Apply ASAP to health professions fields that have individual applications and attend promptly to secondary applications for those fields in which cooperative applications were made over the summer
  • Have alternative plans in view in case you are not accepted this year
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Send updated transcripts of fall grades to schools to which you have applied
  • Submit your and your parents' tax returns as early as you can and apply for financial aid at schools to which you have been accepted or are on the waiting list
  • Keep our office updated on your acceptance status