Pre-Professional Health Programs

Beyond the Classroom

In addition to the required coursework, students anticipating applying to a Doctor of Pharmacy program should plan to participate in extracurricular activities.

Cleveland State offers the opportunity for a variety of hands-on experiences:

  • Faculty Research - students are encouraged to get to know the research interests of their faculty.  Many students gain valuable experiences working in laboratories, and some have even co-authored papers with their faculty as a result of their research efforts. 
  • COSHP Research Day – each spring, students are invited to display their research alongside faculty projects at a university-wide poster session.
  • Co-op/Internship/Volunteering/Shadowing – the Cleveland area offers a variety of opportunities for Pre-Pharmacy students to gain experience in a pharmacy setting, or in other more general health care settings.  Students can work with Cleveland State’s Career Services to identify opportunities, or may independently arrange for their own opportunity.
  • Student Organizations - students can elect to join the Pre-Pharmacy student organization, Active Rx – Students of Pharmacy, or the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).  Both organizations meet regularly to allow students to network and to provide additional information on applying to professional schools.

Contact Information for Cleveland Area Hospital Volunteer Programs

WebGURU is a great resource on external research opportunities and tips for getting started in undergraduate research.