Begining the path
Simply put, the path to becoming a health professional is a tough one. From the outset, good grades are needed to be a competitive applicant. Though students may start out with a rough first semester or year, schools will look highly upon those who can improve their GPA and maintain it. The MCAT is the medical school application test of preference while the other professions accept the GRE; they are the collegiant version of SAT testing in high school. Though schools scrutinize these numbers, they are by no means an absolute determining factor. Students on the lower GPA or MCAT/GRE range are admitted often. However, students with 4.0 GPAs and excellent MCAT/GRE scores are not necessarily guaranteed to get in. Students must show a strong desire to become a health professional. Research experience, volunteer experience, clinical experience,leadership experience, ect. will aid in a students application. Students should participate in these as soon as possible. Besides these considerations, schools make their decision based upon an interview with the student. Generally when a school invites a student to an interview, this mean that the application, scores, grades, etc. are up to the schools standards and the school wants to asses the students personality and attitude.