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MCAT Registration for January-June Tests Opens October 24-25 depending on Testing Location. Sign up to receive email updates from the AAMC (plus links to free resources).

Check out the Top 10 Test Day Tips

And watch this video (the What to Expect video at the bottom of the page) to see what the security measures are like when you arrive for your test day. 

  • Register Now: Oct 12 MCAT Testing Year Update Webinar will fill quickly. 3pm ET. Registration page.
  • Sept 6: APTA Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Virtual Fair. 10am-8pm ET. Free, registration is required.
  • Sept 14: Columbia University Occupational Therapy Program. Online Information Session. 1pm EST. RSVP
  • Sept 15: IU Maurer School of Law In-Person Info Session. 1pm-3pm ET. Event Registration.
  • Sept 23: Chicago Law School Forum at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park from 10am-4pm CT. Information and Registration (register several days in advance)
  • Sept 23: Heartland Premedical Conference at Marian University. 8am-4pm ET. Registration due by Sept 18 at 11:45 pm and cost is $10.
  • Sept 25: Indiana Legislative Intern Directors' Reception. Meet with directors and past interns 5:30pm-7pm. PMU Anniversary Drawing Room, Business Casual attire recommended. Refreshments provided.
  • Sept 27: Midwestern University Prospective Student Open House (Several Healthcare Programs). 4-6pm CT (Downers Grove, IL). Registration.
  • Sept 28: IU Maurer School of Law In-Person Virtual Info Session. 6pm-7pm ET. Registration for Zoom session.
  • Oct 2: Columbia University Occupational Therapy Program. Online Information Session. 8pm EST. RSVP
  • Oct 5: Pre-Med Conference at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (more info to come)
  • Oct 12: MCAT Testing Year Update Webinar. 3pm ET. Advanced Registration Required.
  • Oct 15: Application Deadline for American Physician Scientists Association Undergraduate Mentorship Program. Application.
  • Oct 24-25: MCAT Registration for January-June Dates Opens at 12pm each day (based on testing locations). Sign up for email updates.
  • Oct 26: IU Maurer School of Law Virtual Info Session. 6pm-7pm ET. Register for Zoom session.

Pre-Professional Advising & Featured News

Information about events sponsored through our office and at Purdue that you should know about. We also recommend that you sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

Directors of the Legislative Internship program will be on campus on September 25. They will visit a variety of classes to explain the internship program.

You are invited to attend a reception to meet with program directors and former interns.

  • When: Monday, September 25, 2023 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Where: Purdue Memorial Union, Anniversary Drawing Room
  • Other Details:
    • Business casual attire recommended
    • Hors d'oeuvres provided

The Legislative Internship program is a paid program that provides a fantastic experience for students from all majors and backgrounds.

The Statehouse employs college students as interns in Indianapolis during the spring semester each year in these areas: Communication, Information Technology, Policy Analysis, Constituent Services, Graphic & Print Design, and Fiscal Analysis.

Sophomores and above including graduate students may apply. Applications are typically due toward the end of October. Keep this opportunity in mind for the future.

Learn more about the internships and find applications at these websites:

House Republicans

Senate Republicans

House Democratic Caucus

Senate Democrats

If you have questions, please email



The Democratic Staff of the Federal Committee on Science, Space, and Technology seeks part-time and full-time paid interns .

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about this opportunity.

IUSM admissions representatives will be hosting their popular advising appointments with our students again this semester. Because of COVID they will be phone appointments this semester.

This is your opportunity to speak one-on-one with an IU School of Medicine Admissions Representative one-on-one and to ask any questions you have about the process and your future application.

You sign up through an online system with IU. If you find at some point your schedule has changed and you can no longer keep the appointment, please let them know.

Appointments times are limited and will go fast! Sign up soon.




Pre-Professional Advising is here to help you with questions you have about professional school and the application process.

Please make an appointment through BoilerConnect to connect with an advisor.

Currently our appointments are remote (Teams, WebEx, Zoom, or phone appointments). These work well as we often are showing you how to navigate the online resources you will need for your future applications, national exams, professional school resources, etc.

If you feel you need to meet in-person, please email your pre-professional advisor directly and we can arrange an in-person meeting. This will need to be in the morning in Young Hall 132.

You can email your questions to

This website also has a lot of information about applying to professional school!

The Center for Career Opportunities may be able to help. Fill out this form to check availability. If something is available, we will let you know.

You will need your own laptop and to maintain all Protect Purdue protocols.

Human & Animal Healthcare Webinars, News & Events

Links to individual school webinars and other upcoming online events.

For many years professional programs have worked to diversify their classes. It is vital that they do so. In healthcare it actually saves lives to have a more diverse workforce. There is research showing that in areas with more Black doctors, Black people live longer.

Professional programs have very strong feelings about the affirmative action ruling. This could potentially be an interesting interview question which is why we are gathering some of these statements here.

Here are links to a few of the organizations' statements

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Keeping Up to Data podcast episode: The Court's Decision on Race in Admissions

The PA profession is planning to change their name from Physician Assistant to Physician Associate. The national organization has transitioned to American Academy of Physician Associates (, however, fully implementing the name is complicated. The AAPA currently recommends that PAs continue to use the title of "physician assistant" as their official legal title in clinical settings.

Follow the transition and learn more on the AAPA website.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering virtual shadowing experiences open to all pre-health students. As of now they only have one session up and ready, but are planning more by Labor Day. Email Bre McKercher at breanna.mckercher@cuanschutz to enroll. (This is a known organization to our office that regularly offers programming to students--usually they offer mountain emergency medicine and tropical emergency medicine courses.)

Two pre-medical students from the University of Central Florida are creating an opportunity to "shadow" virtually by having physicians from various specialties present case-based scenarios on YouTube live. Session times will vary in time/days based on physician availability. They will inform their audience a week prior to the sessions via email. Sign up to be part of their email list by filling out the google form on their Webshadowers website. (This is not a known organization to our office--please let us know if you use this resource and what you think.)

Learn to make clinical decisions through online case studies, assignments, and zoom meetings at Pre-PT Virtual Observation Hours. (This is not a known organization to our office--please let us know if you use this resource and what you think.) Please discuss it with us if there is a fee for the service before signing up.

Law School Webinars, News, & Other Events

Links to individual school webinars and other online information events.

The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) maintains a list of events being held by law schools. Check this website to find events of interest to you.

Tip: Click on the month at the top and on the side click on Virtual and Prelaw Education

September 23 from 10am-4pm CT, the Chicago Law School Forum at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park!

Free to attend, but you need to register several days in advance.

Law School Forums bring together workshops and 150+ law schools to help you learn about the application process and to speak with law school representatives. The events are sponsored by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and are free for students.

This year LSAC will host a mix of in-person and virtual forums.

Typically you will need to register for the event several days before the actual event. Make sure you check the time zone too so that you do not miss any sessions.

Information and registration for LSAC Forums

AccessLex is a non-profit that helps pre-law students, law students, and law school graduates plan their education and educational financing so that they can attend law school with as little debt as possible. They offer amazing and free resources to students. These include great webinars.

AccessLex Institute has a variety of online workshops on paying for law school, public interest loans, budgeting and other great topics. Register for these workshops.


Other Opportunities, Information & Resources

We sometimes hear about other interesting things you might want to check out!

Scribing is an important job that takes considerable training. You essentially follow a physician, PA, or nurse practitioner and maintain all the charting so that they can focus on the patient.

Others on the medical team count on you being there. Do not take this on lightly or consider this a summer job. You can learn a lot about taking patient histories, building rapport with patients, what tests should be ordered, interpreting tests, charting (obviously), and differential diagnosis.

INScribe has positions at IU Arnett for scribing. Use the InScribe website to link to their online application if interested. If you would like to learn more about ScribeAmerica, visit their website.

The PCAT will be discontinued in 2024. At this point, very few schools are requiring the exam and in 2024, the test will be discontinued entirely. Read more about the retirement of the exam on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) website.

In September 2023, the GRE general exam will be cut in half! Time to take the test will be about 2 hours. The same topics will be covered.

Read more about the GRE changes.

Check out CDC's new materials on Building Resilience Against Climate Effects BRACE Framework.

The Think Cultural Health Newsletter raises awareness of culturally and linguistically appropriate services in health and health care.

Read the 2023 Newsletters here.

The Health Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) allows you to look at data on various reasons for hospital stays by state and see the trends. Fun to play with!
The 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report is the latest reportcard from the US Office of Minority Health (OMH) about how we are doing taking care of all of our people.