Health professional schools expect applicants to have developed the core competencies critical for any healthcare provider. These competencies are categorized as Interpersonal (service orientation, social skills, cultural competence, teamwork), Intrapersonal (ethical responsibility, dependability, resilience, adaptability) and Thinking & Reasoning (critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, scientific inquiry).

Health professional schools look for applicants who know their field on a deeper level than in a classroom setting. Observing, interning, or researching at a healthcare clinic or facility provides students with this engaged learning. Though most health professional schools do not require research experience, engaging in a research project can improve your critical thinking skills and your ability to work with others. When serving the community, look for areas to serve that will reflect your strengths and passions, rather than volunteering in places that you believe might only pad your application.