Pre-Health Application Writing


This course is designed for people applying to medical or dental school this summer. We will learn to strategically tie your narrative and attributes to each school through the secondary application questions. Through lecture, discussion, analysis of school websites, and assignments, students will craft and receive feedback on their secondary application question responses. The course should generate the content for the majority of the common questions, such as writing an autobiography, answering "why us?", and developing a strong diversity statement. Students will be encouraged to share questions, their writing, and feedback with one another.

Each 90-minute session will include 60 minutes of direct instruction/discussion led by the instructor, followed by 30 minutes of individual writing time when the instructor is available to visit individual rooms to answer questions. Peer and instructor feedback will be used to develop student writing.

Each student will also meet individually with the instructor for one 60-minute feedback session.

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Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is a 6-week online synchronous class, that will occur on the following dates: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, and 8/4. 

*Register before June 14th for Early Bird Pricing: $500. All Registrations after June 14th will be: $600.

Enrollment Policies

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Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.