Preprofessional Advisor: Tami Rees
Office: Stalker Hall, room 205
Web site: http://web.indstate.edu/preprof
The College of Arts and Sciences offers ongoing advising and recommended programs of study to students interested in pursuing a professional degree in any of the following areas:
At admission, students who indicate that they intend to follow any of these curricula are assigned to the college preprofessional advisor, who works with students to review the appropriate preprofessional curriculum, develop a first semester schedule of classes, and, for most students, select a major. Following the first semester, students who have declared a major will receive academic advisement in their major department from a faculty member specially designated to work with majors who are following a preprofessional program.
The preprofessional advisor continues to provide resources to advisors and preprofessional students throughout the students’ undergraduate careers in the college. These resources include a library of materials about professional programs, referrals to agencies and individuals on-campus and off-campus who may be helpful to preprofessional students, access to practice examinations for professional schools, preparation for the professional school admission interview, and review of professional school admission application materials. In addition, the preprofessional advisor works with preprofessional student organizations to offer on-campus activities designed to enhance students’ understanding of professional programs, careers, and opportunities.
Information concerning recommended programs of study is available from the preprofessional advisor. The preprofessional advisor is a professional staff member in the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In most cases, students following a preprofessional track will complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree as well as the courses recommended for their preprofessional programs. In consultation with the preprofessional advisor, students who intend to complete the baccalaureate degree should select a major program during their first year. Once students have selected a major, they are assigned a faculty advisor in the major department. In addition, students should review the relevant section of this Catalog to ensure completion of all major requirements. Students seeking the baccalaureate degree should review University requirements and the requirements of the Foundational Studies Program as well.
THE RURAL HEALTH SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Rural Health Scholars Program, a baccalaureate/medical degree program established through a joint initiative by the Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana State University, addresses Indiana’s rural health needs by providing increased opportunities for selected rural Indiana residents to obtain education and training in medicine. The program is limited to outstanding students from rural Indiana who are entering college for the first time. Students who are admitted to the Rural Health Program complete a baccalaureate degree at Indiana State University with a major in any of a wide variety of courses of study, including all courses required for admission to medical school. After successfully completing the undergraduate degree at Indiana State University, students in the Rural Health Program who have met the grade point average and MCAT requirements will be admitted to the Indiana University School of Medicine to begin training as a medical doctor.
Students can find more information about Indiana State University’s prehealth professional education programs at http://web.indstate.edu/preprof. Requests for further information should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.