Our in-person hours are 9:00-5:00.  We are providing robust virtual resources and services as well, including appointments before 9:00am.

Health

This community is geared towards students interested in entering health fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and more.  This page helps students 1) explore health fields, 2) gain relevant experience, and 3) prepare application materials.

In addition to this page, students interested in health careers should be aware of 3 important resources:

  • Pre-Health @ UW is the most comprehensive resource, and includes information about academic preparation.
  • Academic advisers can help you select majors and courses and explore ways to combine major requirements with pre-health requirements.
  • Career coaches can help you with questions about which health profession would be a good fit for you; how to get clinical, research, and leadership experience; and when/how to apply to health professional programs.  Connect with a coach by scheduling an appointment, attending a webinar, or taking one or both of our pre-health courses.  You can also email questions about career resources or services to prehlth@uw.edu.

Peace Corps Application Workshop – November 3rd

Applying to the Peace Corps can be a confusing and at times overwhelming process. That’s why Jessica Phares, the Peace Corps Recruiter at UW-Seattle, will be hosting an application workshop event to help ease that process. Come learn about how …

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AHEC videos on practicing medicine in rural and underserved communities

The Washington Area Health Education Centers provide resources to strengthen healthcare in rural and underserved communities. They have compiled a collection of videos highlighting the work of healthcare professionals committed to providing care in medically underserved Washington communities. Learn more …

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Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program applications open 11/1

Applications for the Neurological Surgery Summer Student Program (NSSSP) will be accepted starting Monday, November 1st, 2021.

Students should apply if they have an interest in the neurosciences and desire lab experience in neurological biomedical research.

Applicants chosen to participate …

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Upcoming Medical Lab Sciences information sessions

A critical part of health care, Medical Laboratory Sciences is a profession of highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals who perform clinical laboratory tests on blood, other body fluids, or tissue samples. People trained as medical laboratory scientists work in clinical …

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WWU Disability Intersection(s) Roundtable 10/16

This virtual roundtable—to be held from 1:30-3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, October 16—marks the Western Washington University Institute for Critical Disability Studies’ first event of the academic year. They will be joined by Dr. Nirmala Erevelles, Dr. Margaret Price, Dr. …

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Featured Classes

Pre-Health 101 – Introduction to Careers in the Health Professions (Gen St 297)

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Students will: Effectively access general & departmental advising & career coaching as they navigate the UW; Prepare for healthcare profession…

Applying to Health Professional School (Gen St 297)

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Students will: Identify salient criteria for choosing target schools Articulate personal fit with their health profession of interest Prepare a…

Featured Resources

Pre-Health Planning Guides

These 1-2 page guides will help you explore and prepare for entry into the following health fields: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, …

Building Relationships in the Healthcare Community

It is important to build connections with individuals at all levels in your intended field.  Conversations can help you hone …

Building Clinical Exposure & Volunteer Experience

Building your clinical experience is essential for building a foundation towards health professions.  See below for Seattle, Puget Sound and …

Building Health-Related Credentials

Common jobs that students get while in school, during the summer break, or after graduating during gap years include (but …

Med School Applications & MCAT Prep

This page links to many resources to help you prepare for the MCAT and for your med school application process.

International Applicants to U.S. Health Programs

The different health profession have different approaches when it comes to international applicants.  We’ve summarized the information below but you …

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Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Health Care Provider Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Allied Health Care Careers

The term “allied health” stems from the idea that physicians (i.e., medical doctors and dentists) are the primary source of …

Vault Guide to Alternative Health Care Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Dental Care Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Elder Care Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Career Guide to Health Care Management, Fourth Edition

Health care management, also known as health care administration, encompasses a wide range of jobs in a variety of organizations, …