Coronavirus and PreMed and PreHealth Advising



As future healthcare providers, your knowledge and skills you are developing today both in the clinical and the research realms , will help make our world a more healthy place for tomorrow. We recognize that these past few weeks have been unnerving, and hope that you are all safe and healthy. We are taking this opportunity to provide you with information for PreMed/PreHealth students, as it pertains to current issues surrounding COVID-19. We are sharing information as it is received, and will continue to provide updates as often as possible. Please see below for our responses to your common questions and concerns.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, or would simply like to connect, the PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program is continuing to hold phone/virtual advising appointments. Students can schedule virtual appointments with their advisor through EAB Navigate. Alumni may make appointments directly with their advisor by email.

Thank you, and we appreciate your patience during this time.


The PreMed and PreHealth Advising Program Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Taking Courses Pass/Fail:

  • Question: Should I select to take my PreMed/PreHealth prerequisite courses using the Pass/Fail option?
  • Answer: We strongly advise that PreMed/PreHealth students do NOT choose to have their prerequisite courses graded using the Pass/Fail option. Many health professional schools require a minimum letter grade for prerequisite courses and will not accept coursework graded Pass/Fail.

Online Courses:

  • Question: Can I take any PreMed/PreHealth prerequisite courses online?
  • Answer: If possible, we are conservatively recommending that students not take laboratory science prerequisite coursework online. Historically many health professional schools will not accept required laboratory science coursework taken online. However, schools are becoming more flexible due to academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are registered to take online laboratory science coursework, you are encouraged to review the policies regarding online coursework on individual schools’ websites.

MCAT Test Dates:

  • Question: My MCAT test date has/might be cancelled due to COVID-19. What do I do?
  • Answer: The AAMC has created a dedicated COVID-19 and the MCAT Exam web page to address concerns regarding upcoming testing dates. Flexible rescheduling has been extended for exams taking place through the end of the year. While you may be concerned with how this will impact your ability to apply early in the 2021 Application Cycle, it is important to remember that this will effect all applicants equally, throughout the nation. Please review page 12 of our 2021 Applicant Guide for more information on submitting your primary application prior to receiving your MCAT score. We encourage you to continue to prioritize your exam prep and will continue to provide more information as it is received.

Important Links

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Virtual Opportunities

  • Mentor with CovEducation
    • CovEd is a platform that connects K-12 students seeking tutoring with volunteer college students offering to mentor students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mentors are responsible for volunteering a minimum of one to two hours a week of their time to help their matched mentee with the subjects the mentee requests help in. While a mentor is only matched with one mentee, they can reach out if they would like to mentor more.
  • Become a Counselor with Crisis Text Line
    • Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works. Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.
    • When you think about volunteers, the typical image of a team or community group planting a garden, revitalizing a local park or painting a lively mural at a school comes to mind. Yet all around the globe, at any given time, thousands (if not millions) of engaged citizens volunteer virtually — using their computers, the Internet, even their smart phones. Virtual volunteers can complete short-term or long-term tasks, in whole or in part, typically off-site from the organization or person being assisted. If you’ve got access to a computer, thousands of different volunteer projects and roles are available to you — from your home, the library, a coffee shop, anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Operation Warm
    • Nonprofit organizations often work with a small staff and tiny budgets. It makes a big difference to these charities when volunteers step in to help. Browse our list of 25 volunteer jobs to do from home. You may just find a fun volunteer project and find an easy way to help a good cause.
  • Paper Airplanes Virtual Tutoring
    • Paper Airplanes provides free, one-on-one virtual language and skills instruction to people affected by conflict. Our goal is to help our students learn critical languages and marketable skills for their pursuit of higher education and employment. We currently have five programs: English, Turkish, Youth Exchange, Women in Tech (computer coding), and Journalism. As a volunteer English tutor, you will be matched with a young adult affected by conflict, assisting them using our guided curriculum. No prior tutoring experience or Arabic language skills required, although both are appreciated. The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week, which includes prep time. You will meet with your student once per week for a 1.5 hour session via Skype. We provide the curriculum, but you will need to do some basic lesson planning to match the curriculum to your student’s needs.