As a freshman, what should I do first?
Meet with your advisor and discuss the basics. You can take a look at a four year timeline that suggests where you should strive to be in the journey each year:
How do I go about declaring a Pre-Health/Pre-Med major?
You don't. Contrary to many popular beliefs there is no one major for Pre-Health/Pre-Med. There are a variety of options that can lead you to a Health Career. One of the most important items on the path is required coursework. You can fulfill this coursework with numerous majors across the University.
What coursework is required to go into a Health Care program?
Although there is some variation between Health Care Programs depending on Universities, the following courses are generally required:
The majority of Graduate health care programs require that you complete their pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a C. This is not true for all programs so be sure to research the individual programs of your choice to be sure you fulfill their requirements.
You can meet with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor to discuss individual program requirements in greater detail.
What makes a successful Pre-health student?
The most successful students on any path have some things in common. Dedication, motivation, discipline, responsibility, a willingness to work hard. All of these things will aid in your success. Pre-Health students here at Loyola display a huge variety of interests and traits above and beyond those listed above. Diversity and attention to becoming a well rounded member of the Loyola community can certainly help along your path to a career in Health Care. You must push yourself not only to your limits but beyond them in order to succeed. You can see an example of a success story:
The university has a wide variety of programs to help you as well. You can find many of these resources in the Pan-American Life Student Success Center. Never hesitate to seek assistance before a problem becomes too large to remedy.