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Application Process for Professional Health Programs


URGO Pre-Health Advising

We offer individualized advising for each step of the application process:

  • When to take your standardized exam (MCAT, GRE, DAT, etc.)
  • Guidance and feedback on your personal statement and additional application essays
  • Guidance and feedback on secondary application essays
  • Practice admissions interviews

Email us at if you would like to set up an appointment.  We have also provided some additional resources below that can be very helpful when navigating the application process.

Standardized Test Resources

Many students benefit from structured prep courses, and we strongly recommend that you consider this option. They provide structure and feedback that you cannot get from a book.

  • Augsburg’s Summer GRE Prep Course runs for eight weeks in June and July.
  • Magoosh offers online prep for the GRE test and has been highly reviewed by students. Magoosh now also offers MCAT prep.
  • The Official Website of the GRE  offers study resources such as free practice tests and writing prompts. The tests are offered nearly every day at testing centers; locations can be found online.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) – The MCAT exam has four test sections: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. AAMC provides resources to find out everything you‘ll need to know to prepare, video tutorials, sample questions, and explanations. For more insight into what it takes to prepare for the MCAT, read our interview with Augsburg alum Randy Krug ’10, current M.D. candidate at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.
  • Dental Admission Test (DAT) – This test attempts to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability, and is available in computerized form almost every day of the year.
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) – The PCAT  measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education.
  • Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT) – The PA-CAT is localized to individual PA programs and is not endorsed by the Physician Education Association.
  • Kaplan offers test-prep courses for the GRE, MCAT, DAT, OAT, and PCAT and has a Tuition Assistance Program.
  • Princeton Review offers test-prep courses for the GRE, MCAT, and DAT.
  • SJT Prep webpage – The Situational Judgment Test is used by some medical schools, including the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Des Moines University, as a pre-interview screening. The AAMC offers free preparation materials such as the 2021 AAMC Situational Judgment Test (SJT): Examinee Preparation Guide, which offers advice and strategies to help you prepare for the AAMC SJT exam, and the 2021 AAMC Situational Judgment Test (SJT): Practice Exam Booklet, which includes an official practice exam, scoring key, and scoring key rationales to help you become familiar with the exam format, the types of scenarios and items you’ll see on the actual exam, and the process for evaluating and rating items.

Personal Statements

Health professional schools receive hundreds to thousands of applications each year, so the personal statement is your chance to stand out and make an impression.  Check out these resources before you begin to write:

Centralized Application Systems

Many health fields have moved to a centralized application system.  This allows students to submit some application materials to one online location, and these materials will be sent to all schools the student selects.  Keep in mind that some schools may request that additional application materials be sent directly to them.

Letters of Evaluation

Finding faculty or supervisors from an internship who can attest to your abilities as a student and caretaker will strengthen your application. Read the Student Guide to Letters of Evaluation before selecting your evaluators. Upon notifying your evaluators, provide them with the Faculty Guidelines for Letters of Evaluation

Application Boot Camp

URGO’s Application Boot Camp is a series of workshops offered in May where participants work on centralized applications to health science programs, personal statements, and secondary applications.  Participants actively engage in writing in a supportive environment that provides guidance and opportunities to receive feedback.

Admissions Interviews

Most health schools conduct interviews with their most competitive applicants.  This is an important part of the application process and is another opportunity for you to set yourself apart and elaborate on your experiences.  We strongly recommend completing a practice interview prior to the real thing.  To request a mock interview, email us at