The College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Health Programs unit seeks to provide its students with the best possible preparation for a rewarding career in health care. We will help students to understand how to be a competitive applicant for health professional programs by guiding them through the academic and extracurricular expectations, the necessary application components, and the application timeline. The office will help students to identify resources to assist them in exploring various opportunities in the healthcare field. We encourage students to utilize the information provided on this page to assist in the planning process. We also recommend meeting regularly with the Pre-Health Academic Program Coordinator or 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.

Students who utilize the Pre-Health Programs' services will be able to:

  • Understand the academic and extracurricular expectations required for admission to your preferred health professional program and undertake the necessary preparation during your undergraduate career
  • Identify the appropriate science and other prerequisite coursework needed for admission to your preferred professional program
  • Navigate the professional school application process with confidence
  • Be aware of the unique pre-health opportunities available at Kent State University

The College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Health Programs unit also coordinates Kent State University's Early Assurance Program partnerships with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.


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. There are some observation or experiential education programs within hospitals that you can apply to, which will help to connect you with a practitioner in their system. Also 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.    

For every health professional area, you will be expected to have gained knowledge of your field of interest through relevant paid or unpaid experience. The most common way to get experience in a healthcare setting is through volunteering at a hospital or other medical organization. We've listed some local hospitals and free clinics below to help in your search, but also recommend volunteering at nursing homes or hospice care to get experience. For veterinary school preparation, consider volunteering at local animal shelters and sanctuaries, in addition to looking for internships at your local zoo. 

Akron Children’s Hospital – Akron and Beeghly campuses

Aultman Hospital – Canton, OH

Cleveland Clinic Akron General – Akron, OH

Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital – Canton, OH

Open M – Akron, OH

Summa Health – Akron, OH

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center – Ravenna, OH


Undergraduate research experience is a great way to demonstrate thinking and reasoning and science competencies, all of which are desirable attributes for health professional schools. Students can participate in undergraduate research through academic departments or other institutions.

Department of Biological Sciences 

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of Physics

Department of Psychological Sciences


Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) KSU Undergraduate Research

Office of Student Research


Virtual and in person events for Fall 2022

Virtual Pre-Health Information Session

  • Wednesday, September 14, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Join us via Zoom to learn more about how to prepare for a health professional program
  • Intended for pre-medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, podiatry, optometry, and other fields
  • Register in advance through the Google form; a Zoom invitation will be sent to all registrants a few days before the event

Virtual NEOMED Early Assurance Program Information Session

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Please join us to learn more about Kent State University's Early Assurance partnership with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
  • Hear more about the program structure and application process
  • Registration form TBA; a Zoom invitation will be sent to all registrants a few days before the event

Pharmacy School Virtual Fair

  • Thursday, September 22, 10:00 am-7:00 pm EST
  • Hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Meet admission representatives and faculty from pharmacy programs nationwide
  • Register here

Virtual Pre-Physician Assistant Information Session

  • Tuesday, September 27, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Discover the steps needed to prepare to apply to a physician assistant (PA) graduate program
  • Registration form TBA; a Zoom invitation will be sent to all registrants a few days before the event

Kent State University Careers in Health and Wellness Week

  • October 24-28, various times
  • Participate in events around campus to learn more about various healthcare careers and graduate school opportunities
  • Learn more through Career Exploration and Development

Pre-Medical Information Session

  • Tuesday, October 25, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • 218 Bowman Hall
  • Join us to learn more about the requirements to apply to an allopathic or osteopathic medical school
  • Hear about the components of a competitive application and how to build extracurricular experience
  • Pre-registration encouraged, form TBA

Mercy Health Pharmacy Careers Information Session

  • Wednesday, October 26, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • 224 Bowman Hall
  • Representatives from Mercy Health, a Catholic health care system with locations in Ohio and Kentucky, will be on campus to talk about various careers in pharmacy
  • Learn more about pharmacy technician career opportunities with Mercy Health
  • Pre-registration encouraged, form TBA

Virtual Personal Statement Writing Workshop

  • Tuesday, November 8, 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Please join us to learn more about how to write an effective personal statement for health professional school applications
  • Will also provide an overview of the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Medicine Committee review process
  • Registration form TBA; a Zoom invitation will be sent to all registrants a few days before the event

Choose DO Medical School Virtual Expo

  • Wednesday, December 7, 12:00-6:00 pm EST
  • Hosted by the Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Meet with colleges of osteopathic medicine nationwide to learn about becoming a physician
  • Register here