Important: COVID-19 advising updates

Remote advising and contact info expanding section

The Academic Advising Center & Career Services Office (which Pre-Health Center is apart of) will no longer be conducting in-person appointments as of March 18, 2020. Instead we will be offering virtual appointments via phone, e-mail, or video chat Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please note that due to the constantly evolving circumstances, it may take longer than normal to hear back, and we will be updating our websites as things progress. 

Making Appointments

If you are assigned to an academic advisor in our office, you can make your appointment online through Navigate, e-mail your advisor, or e-mail advising@uwlax.edu. If you are not assigned to be advised in our office, you can make an appointment by e-mailing advising@uwlax.edu. To make an appointment for career advising, you can do so online through Navigate or by e-mailing career@uwlax.edu.

If you have questions about anything, reach out to Josh Bench - prehealth@uwlax.edu 

Last Updated: 4/13/20 at 7:45 a.m.

UWL's COVID-19 FAQ page expanding section

For the most up to date campus information, go to UWL's COVID-19 FAQ page

COVID-19 updates by profession expanding section

Go here for updates organized by professional path (pre-med, pre-PA, etc.). 

Have a parallel plan!

It is always a good idea to consider alternate options, even if you're sure of what you want to do. The list below is not meant to be exhaustive, but it will give you some examples to spur your exploration. 

If you are looking for ideas and in-depth guidance, consider taking HP 106: Introduction to Health-Related Careerstaught by Pre-Health Center staff. 

See undergraduate and graduate programs at UWL expanding section

Whether you are exploring majors, or considering new graduate paths, UWL has plenty of options - many of which might be new to you. See our Healthcare pathways page

Explore health-related certificates, degrees, and post-baccalaureate programs expanding section

Post-baccalaureates

Career changers/accelerators

Associate's degrees through the Wisconsin Technical College System

  • WI technical colleges list - a list of technical college options in WI; note that many programs offer strong career opportunities, even as a tack-on after a bachelor's degree
  • Western Technical College – Biomedical Electronics, Medical Coding Specialist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, and others 
  • Madison Area Technical College – Medical Billing Specialist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiography, and others 
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College - Cardiovascular Technology, Mortuary Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Surgical Technology, and others 
  • There are sometimes wait-lists for healthcare-related associate degree programs
Learn about gap-year options expanding section

It's important to ask yourself: why am I considering a gap year? If you suspect your GPA hurt you in the admissions process, focus on coursework. Use a GPA calculator to see how your GPA changes by retaking a class, or by adding new classes:

If your academic profile is strong, gaining experience is a great way to improve your chances of a successful application. See below for some ideas to get you started:

Service opportunities (note: these are competitive applications!):

    Temporary jobs:

Pursue a nursing degree expanding section

Learn about accelerated programs in nursing

MANE program - a dual-admission BSN program, via several community colleges in MN; Normandale Community College is an example

Find a full-time job in healthcare expanding section

Full-time professional roles in health care settings, through employers such as LHI, Mayo, Gundersen, MCW, and others. Often, these employers post their positions in Handshake, but you can also go to indeed.com and search for these positions to learn more!

  • Laboratory Technician/Laboratory Support Technician
  • Patient Liaison
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Provider Network Contracting Specialist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator 
  • Tumor Registrar/Cancer Registrar
  • Counseling/Mental Health/Social Work professions 
  • Research Associate
  • Medical Scribe
  • Check out Biopharmguy - a directory of entry-level biotechnology, pharmaceutical, & medical device companies and jobs