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.    

Careers in Health and Wellness Week

NEOMED Early Assurance Program Information Session

  • Monday, October 21 -  11:00 am- 12:00 pm
  • 218 Bowman Hall

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine Information Session

  • Tuesday, October 22 - 1:00-2:00 pm
  • 251 Center for the Visual Arts

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Visit

  • Tuesday, October 29 - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 315 Kent Student Center