Applying to Professional Schools
Where to Apply
Juniata Affiliates: Consider applying to our affiliates. Check your career track to see which schools, if any, are affiliated with Juniata for your health profession.
Schools in your state: Out-of-state schools often require higher credentials. See school websites for details.
Schools that match your philosophy and needs: Check websites and admissions guides to see details on the curriculum, evaluation system, mission and philosophy, school culture, clinical facilities and opportunities, location, and any special programs. Cost is also a factor, though only one factor. Look into financial aid options now.
Developing programs and new schools: These are especially attractive options for students with borderline credentials. Use search engines to find out about developing programs and new schools in your field and see the “NewSchools” file on the Health Professions public drive folder, an internal resource at Juniata.
Schools with dual degree options: In addition to the primary degree, many schools offer a second degree, such as a Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., J.D, etc. as part of a combined program. See websites for details.
For medicine, the National Institutes of Health has an M.D./Ph.D. Partnership Training Program to allow students to do all or part of their research training in one of many NIH labs across the country. There are also interesting variations on gaining research credentials without earning an additional degree. For example, see the five-year Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
How many schools?: The number of applications you send out depends on various factors, including which field you are applying to, your GPA, admission exam scores, and whether you are applying in or out of state. Apply as widely as possible—include one or two long shots, “pretty sure shots” and fall-backs. Dr. Amanda Siglin will consult with you individually about your school list.
Resources: Obtain a copy of the Official Admission Requirements book (if available) or access the professional association websites for your field. Online admission requirements books are recommended, as you can often select for important factors, such as GPA or admission exam scores. Links to information for the various professions are provided below.
- Allopathic Medicine
- Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Scroll down to “Graduate Programs”)
- Healthcare Administration, Management and Policy
- Naturopathic Medicine (Click on links to the individual schools and then scroll down to find the school-specific website.)
- Occupational Therapy
- Optometry (Scroll down and click on “Admission Requirements Handbook”)
- Osteopathic Medicine
- Physical Therapy (Click on the state you want and the radio button for “physical therapists”)
- Physician Assistant
- Podiatric Medicine
- Public Health
- Veterinary Medicine