Pathways FAQs

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This page includes some frequently asked questions about the Health Profession Pathways program.

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Q: Who is eligible to apply to the Pathways program?

A: During spring 2024, the Pathways program is inviting applications from students who are currently in their senior year in high school that are admitted to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as part of the President's Emerging Scholars (PES) program for Fall 2024. 

Incoming, admitted PES students can apply to the Pathways program prior to confirming their enrollment to the University of Minnesota. The Pathways application will open in mid-March and will be sent out via email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to all incoming, admitted PES students. However, if you do not confirm your enrollment to the U of M by the Undergraduate Admissions confirmation deadline of May 15, your application to the Pathways program will not be considered.

Although the Pathways program has limited enrollment, the Pre-Health Student Resource Center exists to serve all pre-health students - students in all years, all majors, all colleges, and on all campuses.

Please explore our website to learn about the different ways that our office can support you on your journey to a health professional program, including:

Q: Is the Pathways program available to students from other UMN system campuses?

A: At this time the Pathways program is available for students from the UMN - Twin Cities Campus.

However, the PHSRC has been working closely with contacts on all UMN system campuses since 2018 through the Health Profession Pathways Initiative, to better understand how to build stronger support for pre-health students from communities historically underrepresented on those campuses.

If you are a student on the UMN system campuses, including the Crookston campus, Duluth campus, Morris campus, and Rochester campus, please reach out to the Health Profession Pathways Initiative key contact on your campus. 

University of Minnesota Crookston 
Dr. Venu Mukku
[email protected]

University of Minnesota Duluth
Michele Hatcher
Advising Director/Associate to the Dean
[email protected]

University of Minnesota Morris
Rachel Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, Division of Science & Math
[email protected], Sci 1310

University of Minnesota Rochester
Jenn Hooke, M.S.Ed.
Senior Student Success Coach
[email protected], 507-258-8029

When and how did the Pathways program start?

A: The Health Profession Pathways program was born out of the work of the Health Profession Pathways Initiative , which the Pre-Health Student Resource Center launched in 2018.

The Health Profession Pathways Initiative has a goal of building a diverse health professional workforce in Minnesota by reducing barriers that exist for students and building out new opportunities.

The Pathways program enrolled the first group of students in Fall 2021. 

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions that are not addressed on this page, please reach out to us. You can email Fatima Omar, Pathways Program Manager in the Pre-Health Student Resource Center at [email protected]