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Students walking through a hospital hallway.
Atlantis students walking through a hospital hallway (Lisbon, Portugal, 2019).

Pre-Health, not Pre-Med?

Approximately 85% of Atlantis students are pre-med; 15% are other pre-health students. Whether you’re still discerning, or whether you are set and preparing to apply to programs, consider how Atlantis might provide you a unique clinical experience as well as a study abroad setting.

Many Students in Non-MD Tracks Join Each Year

Atlantis programs are primarily focused on immersion into the hospital environment. The 360 Shadowing model has been developed and perfected over 15 years as of 2022, and though it has been centered on shadowing doctors, it is a beyond-the-classroom experience (in a hospital) that has relevance for anyone embarking on a healthcare career in the U.S.

Students walking out of the entrance of the hospital.
Atlantis students walking out of the entrance of the hospital (Genoa, Italy, 2019).

Graduate with a Unique Perspective

Healthcare academic programs highly value what they call intercultural perspective, which is one of the several competencies that Atlantis programs foster, and Atlantis alumni who apply to health professions graduate schools will bring unique, directly applicable experience from their time in top European hospitals.

Students speaking to a medical professional in the hospital.
Atlantis students speaking to a medical professional in the hospital (Athens, Greece, 2016).

Who Are You?

Pre-PA

PAs are similar to MDs in their training and in how they practice. However, beyond shadowing, PA schools and programs require a large number of often paid, hands-on hours as an additional way to gain experience. As a PA applicant, you should always ensure you have these paid hours. That said, if you have (or will have) sufficient hours of this check-the-box clinical experience, Atlantis adds an entirely different dimension (which most PA applicants that check the box don’t have), and it contributes to applications for the same reasons Atlantis contributes to those in an MD path. We believe this this is part of the reason so many Atlantis alumni have been admitted to PA programs, as you can see in the profiles (and video, which often addresses how alumni used Atlantis in their PA interviews) on this page that you’re reading now.

Most of our students are on the MD track, but the same 3 pillars of getting accepted to schools apply to the PA track. Read more on Why 360 Shadowing

Adding 360 Shadowing means adding valuable elements that typical PA applicants, after securing all their required hours, don’t have:

  • Depth (e.g., often seeing surgeries)
  • Breadth (experiencing a wider variety of specialties – e.g. 6 specialties in 6 weeks)
  • Intercultural perspective (a competency growing even more in importance across all healthcare paths)

It makes sense that Atlantis cohorts often include many pre-PA students, and that many Atlantis alumni on the PA track have been admitted to PA programs. That said, only you can tell whether it fits into your unique path.

I think that Atlantis put me in a unique position to stand out on my application…  I saw so many procedures and really experienced what it was like in an operating room… It demonstrated that I had a good understanding of how U.S. healthcare differed from other countries.

Julia M.Atlantis ‘18St. John’s University PA Program ‘23

Nursing and Pre-nursing

Every year, Atlantis hospital partners host many U.S. nursing students who see Atlantis as the great way to study abroad while simultaneously contributing to their healthcare career. If you’re a nursing student, joining Atlantis will allow you to develop a strong sense of day-to-day life in a hospital. You will shadow healthcare professionals in a variety of fields and be immersed in a technologically advanced system similar to the U.S., but with more access to the inner workings of the hospital. Shadowing abroad also supplements your U.S. clinical experience with valuable intercultural perspective.

Why consider Atlantis over other programs? Every program has its pros, but nursing students often choose Atlantis because we are the leader in healthcare short-term study abroad; with an established reputation among pre-health advisors and over 100 hospital partners around the globe.

Be sure to do your research and see if Atlantis is best for you!

I think that the program holds a lot of value for me in my future career as a nurse. It’s something that helps set me apart from other graduates and has enriched my undergraduate experience. Seeing different angles to medicine was also very educational for me; in school I learned the nursing perspective but with Atlantis I was able to see the doctors’ perspective, which gives me a more holistic team approach in my future career.

Theresa R.Atlantis ’18Linfield College ’19

PT/OT

PT/OT students join Atlantis because they want to study abroad and because they see Atlantis as a way to understand another healthcare system. Because PT/OT professionals often treat patients following hospital stays, it helps to have a sense of the MD perspective and the overall hospital environment. Atlantis programs give aspiring PT/OT students valuable experience in a complex, exciting environment that is adjacent to their field of choice.

PT/OT students often choose Atlantis hospital programs over more narrowly defined PT/OT study abroad because Atlantis has many more years of expertise running high-quality programs. Atlantis may be less PT/OT-focused (you will usually not shadow a PT/OP professional), but its higher quality and degree of exposure to healthcare in general makes it a smart choice for many students who value breadth and depth of clinical experience. Look at Atlantis and other options and compare the trade-offs, since only you can tell what’s best for your particular path.

Be sure to explore your options and feel free to chat with us about what is best for you!

This [program] provided me with cultural, educational, and life skills that will make me more competitive to get into Occupational Therapy school. These skills will also help me throughout my life and career.

Keira E.Atlantis ’19Texas Tech ’20

Pre-Dental

Pre-dental students join Atlantis because they want to study abroad and because they see Atlantis as a way to experience another healthcare system. Atlantis programs give aspiring dental students experience in a complex, exciting environment that is adjacent to their field of choice.

Pre-dental students often choose Atlantis hospital programs over more narrowly defined pre-dental study abroad because Atlantis has many more years of expertise running high-quality healthcare exposure programs. Atlantis may be less dentistry-focused (and students do not shadow dentists), but its higher quality makes it a smart choice for many students who value breadth and depth of clinical experience.

Be sure to explore your options and feel free to chat with us about what is best for you! You will have to decide on whether you’d prefer to do a study abroad program that touches on dentistry more directly, or whether you want a more general healthcare perspective that is proven.

I chose Atlantis as it allowed me to validate my career path and learn firsthand how a hospital functions. Finding shadowing opportunities in the United States has been really difficult, but this program allowed me quality shadowing experience while learning extensively about a different culture abroad!

Amelia H.Atlantis ’19University of the Pacific ’21, UOP DDS ’24

Pre-Pharm

Pre-pharm students join Atlantis because they want to study abroad and because they see Atlantis as a way to experience another healthcare system. Atlantis programs give aspiring pharmacy students valuable experience in a complex, exciting environment that is adjacent to their field of choice. However, Atlantis students generally do not shadow pharmacy professionals.

Pre-pharm students often choose Atlantis hospital programs over more narrowly defined pre-pharm study abroad because Atlantis has many years of expertise running high-quality healthcare exposure programs. Atlantis may be less pharmacy-focused, but its higher quality makes it a smart choice for many students who value breadth and depth of clinical experience.

Be sure to explore your options and feel free to chat with us about what is best for you!

I didn’t know what type of health care field I would want to work in, but the Atlantis experience helped guide me into making the decision to work in a hospital setting that relates to pharmacy and/or medical sales. I saw a lot of amazing things, and I am so thankful I was able to partake in this program.

Julia C. Atlantis ’18Boise State University ’19

Public Health

Atlantis participants are often interested in public health and/or are public health undergraduate majors, and our alumni have ended up in public health graduate programs such as that of Johns Hopkins, arguably the number one public health program. Read more in our public health page.

Healthcare Administration

Atlantis runs Service-Research Projects primarily for pre-med students whose main goal is primarily to be admitted to medical school or other healthcare programs and to obtain a unique experience that helps with that. However, any student interested in healthcare administration, whether or not he/she is also interested in medical school, should consider our Service-Research Projects, a unique opportunity.

Watch Video: 20+ Alumni Now In Med School Explain: Atlantis Is a Major Reason I Got In Here

This video shows more than 20 alumni, on videos made on their phones, explaining exactly why Atlantis helped them get in to their programs. These are alumni in MD, DO, PA, and other programs, but across all of them you will see a theme: Atlantis can clearly play a large role in interviews, across several degree types. This is a long video but you can pick whichever parts you’d like to watch.

Questions?

Contact us if you are trying to assess the fit between Atlantis and your pre-health path.

After Atlantis, I definitely know in my heart and mind that I want to enter the health field, specifically as a PA.

Alexis M.

Atlantis '20

University of Delaware '20 (PA)

I could have continued working as a nursing assistant for the entire summer but I chose to shadow with Atlantis, and it allowed me to see a different side of medicine.

Caroline H.

Atlantis '19

Virginia Tech '20 (Nursing)

This program combined the study abroad experience I wanted with the shadowing experience I needed.

Claire G.

Atlantis '19

LSU '20 (Pre-OT)

The experience is amazing regardless if you’re Pre-med or not. The opportunity to see how a different culture’s healthcare system works is an amazing experience and incredibly beneficial.

Kaylee K.

Atlantis '19

University of Iowa '21 (Pre-PT)

I think that the program holds a lot of value for me in my future career as a nurse. It’s something that helps set me apart from other graduates and has enriched my undergraduate experience.

Theresa R.

Atlantis '18

Linfield College '19 (Nursing)

Alumni in Great PA, DO, MPH,
And Nursing Programs

Mihala Peltak headshot.

Michala Peltak

  • Atlantis '18
  • U. of New England '18
  • Tufts PAS '22
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Marichelle Pita

  • Atlantis '18
  • Lehman '15
  • NYITCOM DO/MBA/MS '23
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Danielle Lehman

  • Atlantis '17
  • U. of Delaware '19
  • Rowan SOM DO '24
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Claudia Fernandez Perez

  • Atlantis '19
  • UMiami '21
  • Johns Hopkins MHS '22
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DeYante Prince

  • Atlantis '18
  • Morehouse '20
  • Boston University MPH '22
Niarah Russell headshot.

Niarah Russell

  • Atlantis '17
  • Spelman '20
  • Johns Hopkins MSN '22

More Than 1 Out Of Every 10 U.S. Pre-health Advisors Have Visited An Atlantis Program In Person.

Ask your advisor for an opinion on Atlantis. If your advisor hasn’t visited our programs, encourage the advisor to reach out to their advisor peers at other universities asking about their opinion.

 

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Looking For Pre-Health Study Abroad?

If you’re going to study abroad, consider doing it with Atlantis – the top provider in America for healthcare programs.

  • Atlantis has 15 years of experience (as of 2022), over 100 hospital partners around the globe, and thousands of alumni
  • Studying abroad has many advantages, and if you’re committed to finding a program, Atlantis is ideally tailored to pre-health students (not just pre-med)
  • Students often pick Atlantis because other study abroad programs are not as relevant or tailored to pre-health

Explore all your options and chat with our team to see if Atlantis is the best fit for you!

Are You a University Administrator?

Check out our “For Universities” page to learn about our custom group programs. Our team can tailor programs to serve specific groups of pre-health students (pre-PA, Nursing, PT/OT, etc.), preparing them for success, whatever their chosen field.

A view of the exterior of a hospital building.
A view of the exterior of a hospital building in Genoa, Italy (an Atlantis site).