When applying to professional or graduate schools for health care programs, students will need to write a personal statement to identify their interest and background for this field and depending on the application, address their desire to be enrolled in a particular program. Some schools or centralized application systems will specifically delineate what they want covered while others will give more vague instructions on what to include in a personal statement. Regardless, there are certain techniques to be used when drafting an effective personal statement including how long it can be for centralized application services (see character/word limits below). For more details on what a personal statement is and how to create one, follow the links below.
In all cases, students should begin writing their personal statement early. Students are encouraged to start the process their sophomore year if they plan to matriculate to professional or graduate school immediately after graduating. Several drafts are gone through and should be reviewed by others. Faculty and staff in the Patterson Center for the Health Professions are available to help in this process. Please come by for assistance to make sure you are on the right track.