Information Sessions & Workshops

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PHSRC Workshops & Health Science Information Sessions

This page includes the following: the UMN Pre-Health Events Calendar, workshops for students on application preparation topics, and information sessions hosted by our UMN Health Science Schools and Colleges.

PHSRC Workshops for Students

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center hosts several events throughout the year for students to help prepare them for certain aspects of the application process for health professional schools. Click on the tabs below to view more information.

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The Pre-Health Student Resource Center hosts workshops each fall to launch your preparation for your health professional school interview. Registration links become available early in the Fall semester. 

Traditional Interview Prep Workshops 

The Traditional Interviewing Workshop includes a review of common questions asked in traditional interviews, describes behavioral-based interview question types, and touches on the basics of Multiple Mini Interviews. It covers strategies for preparing responses, interview practice, tips for virtual interviews, and more! Traditional Interview Workshops are intended for applicants who are within a year of applying to any health program. Advance registration is required.  

The MMI Experience Workshops - Virtual

This virtual workshop covers the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) structure and strategies for preparation, and includes practice at several MMI stations. This workshop is highly interactive and will provide opportunities to practice MMI scenarios and covers tips for virtual interviews. It is intended for applicants to programs that use MMI style interviewing. Advance registration is required. 


Register for App Lab

App Lab gives students a chance to work on their application for a health professional programs in one of the central application services (AMCAS, PharmCAS, etc.), while getting guidance and support from their fellow students and Pre-Health Student Resource Center counselors. 

Tuesday, May 14th, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - in-person in Phillips Wangensteen Building room 3-154/156


This virtual event covered topics such as what it means to be LGBTQ as a healthcare worker and health professional student, what are some of the many obstacles and barriers patients in those communities are currently facing (particularly with transgender, gender queer and non-binary communities) and what steps should be done to address and help eliminate those barriers.

This event took place in October 2021. Watch the recording

The panel included: 

  • Adam Scott, UMN Medical Student
  • Elizabeth Babkin, UMN Medical Student
  • Drew Klick - Pharmacist, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
  • Dr. West Mori, M.D. - Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO) Fellow


Register for a Reapplicant Renovation Workshop

Virtual workshop: Thursday, March 14th, 2024 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (a Zoom link will be provided to registrants)

In-person workshop: Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm in Health Sciences Education Center room 4-103/4-105

These workshops are for current UMN students at all five system campuses and recent UMN alumni who have applied to a health professional program and have either not received an official admissions decision yet, been waitlisted, or have received an admissions decision (rejection). 

Both the virtual and in-person Reapplicant Renovation workshops will cover:

  1. How admissions committees review applicants  
  2. Key areas of the application and the holistic review  
  3. Examples of what reapplicants did during their gap year(s)
  4. Activities for applicants to reflect on their own application and reapplication strategies

Health Science Schools & Colleges: Information Sessions

Learn more about a specific program through these information sessions offered throughout the year by admissions staff from each of the programs. Click on the name of a program to open up the list of information session dates and times.

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New Applicants:
Learn about the School of Dentistry's Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) and the Master of Dental Therapy (BSDH/MDT) dual-degree programs! Sessions include information the application process, career information, how to be a qualified applicant, and a tour of the dental school from a current student. It will also include an opportunity to meet with an admissions staff member to learn of additional opportunities within the School of Dentistry and request an individual appointment.

DH/DT Re-applicants:
Students who plan to re-apply to the Dental Hygiene or Dental Therapy dual-degree program are welcome to request an individual advising session with staff from the Office of Admissions and Diversity. This one-hour appointment helps identify strengths and weaknesses within your past application(s) and provides insight on how present yourself as a strong candidate during the interview process. This session does not include a tour. Sessions are offered year-round and are scheduled based on availability. Interested re-applicants are encouraged to reach out and request an appointment to:
Chris Held
Admissions Counselor
Office of Admissions and Diversity
School of Dentistry
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 612-624-4946


DDS Information Sessions 
Learn about the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry! The first step is to view a pre-recorded information session, available here. Prospective students can sign up to review the video at their convenience. After reviewing the pre-recorded workshop, you may sign up for a live Q&A session with admissions staff. 

More information on the information sessions and other prospective student events in the School of Dentistry can be found their Preparing to Apply page.


The University of Minnesota Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Management (HSM) program offers a well-rounded education with an emphasis on acquiring knowledge you can apply immediately. The health care industry provides career opportunities for students who want to make a contribution to the health of individuals and communities. Health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services.

Information session dates are currently being organized. Check out their website to see more information and sign-up for their newsletter!


Medical Lab Science Information Sessions

Register to attend a virtual information session with the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. 

View Schedule and Register 


The U of M Medical School hosts regular information sessions for prospective students. 

Registration links are found on their website. 

For additional information, look here for information on the medical school admissions process at UMN Medical School. If you are considering applying for medical school, try the Planning for Medical School online workshop, a resource tool to give you the information you seek about medical school, an opportunity to build your next steps in the planning process, and a way to request an appointment with an PHSRC career counselor.


The University of Minnesota School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program. The program is located both in the Twin Cities and Rochester.

Information Sessions are available for the BSN program. Visit the School of Nursing website for more information and a schedule of upcoming sessions.


The Master of Nursing program is a full-time, graduate-level program for students with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field. This intensive 16-month program includes all the elements of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, plus additional graduate courses.

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to take the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse. You will also have up to 18 credits to apply toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Graduates are eligible for certification in public health nursing in Minnesota.

Register Here for MN Information Sessions 

Please see the Master of Nursing website for the most up-to-date schedule. For questions, contact the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services at the School of Nursing at 612-625-7980 or e-mail the school at [email protected].


Explore occupational therapy as a career choice at these sessions. The session includes a definition of occupational therapy, career outlook, career preparation, options for health careers and course planning strategies. 

Visit the Occupational Therapy prospective student page to get the latest information on information sessions or events for prospective students. 

To find out more about this program, call 877-334-2659, email [email protected].


The University of Minnesota does not have a PA program. However, the U of M is a great place to prepare for a Physician Assistant program! If you are interested in attending an PA program information session, you will need to explore colleges and universities outside of the U of M which offer this graduate-level program.

Here is the link to information sessions at:

Augsburg College

St. Catherine University

Mayo Clinic: College of Medicine & Science

Search PA Programs around the country here


To view upcoming UMN Doctor of Pharmacy events or to schedule an individualized appointment, check out their website below! 

PharmD Events


Visit the UMN Doctor of Physical Therapy program website to learn more about information sessions and opportunities for prospective students. 



The School of Public Health is eager to share their knowledge and excitement for public health with you. They will assist you with the important decisions you will be making by hosting numerous events throughout the year for prospective students, including Information Sessions and SPH Preview Days. More dates and registration information on the School of Public Health "Visit Us" page.


Veterinary Medicine Information Sessions and Tours 
The College of Veterinary Medicine hosts virtual information sessions. Please call 612-624-4747, or go online to register for an upcoming session.

Individual appointments with a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine admissions team can also be arranged by calling 612-624-4747. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Unable to come in for an information session? Take the Virtual Tour of the College of Veterinary Medicine!