Kent State University seeks to provide its students with the best possible preparation for a rewarding career in health care. We encourage students to utilize the resources on this page to assist in the planning process. We also recommend meeting regularly with an advisor to help in developing an individualized path. To find contact information for a major or program-specific advisor please visit our Pre-Health Advising page.


For the vast majority of pre-health program applications, a certain amount of shadowing experience will be required. The number of hours varies from program to program; be sure to understand how many hours are necessary and complete them over a series of months or even years. Try to gain experience shadowing several different professionals working in a variety of fields. This will give you a good sense of the different types of medicine, approaches to patient care, and how offices and organizations of different size operate. Through your commitment to gaining significant shadowing experience you are demonstrating your dedication to the profession and increasing your understanding of the realities of the job. Finding a health care professional to shadow will require initiative on your part. Consider:

  • Asking your/your family health care professionals if you may shadow him or her, or ask if he or she could recommend someone?
  • Speaking with other pre-health students, advisors, friends, and family members for recommendations.
  • Volunteering in an office or clinic to become familiar with the health care professionals before asking if you may shadow.    

There will be no in-person events on the Kent Campus for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. Please see the list of virtual pre-health events below for other opportunities in Spring and Summer 2020.

Tuesday, June 2 - Optometry Virtual Fair

  • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm EST
  • Meet representatives from schools and colleges of optometry in a live virtual setting
  • Registration available here

Wednesday, June 10 - Choose DO Medical School Virtual Expo

  • 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
  • Meet representatives and faculty from more than 30 medical schools
  • Register here

Thursday, June 18 - Pharmacy School Virtual Fair

  • 10:00 am - 7:00 pm EST
  • Learn about PharmD programs and Master's and PhD programs in pharmacy science
  • Meet admissions representatives and faculty from pharmacy schools nationwide
  • Register here

Wednesday, July 22 - Physician Assistant Virtual Fair

  • 9:00 am - 9:00 pm EST
  • Meet representatives from PA programs across the United States
  • Register here