Gap-Year Planning

Find information about gap year planning and options available to you.

Many students decide to take an additional year to apply to the health professions school of their choice. A gap, or bridge, year is great time to enhance application competitiveness and invest in personal growth. 

Reflection Questions

To begin this process, it is important to reflect on the following questions:

  • Are there any weak areas of my application?
  • Is there something I have yet to complete that I know will make me a stronger candidate?
  • What skills/knowledge/experiences would I like to have before I start professional school?

Answering these questions can guide plans for the bridge year. Students are encouraged to utilize an appointment at HPO to reflect and make bridge-year plans. This section of the site addresses essential categories for application enhancement and competitiveness. Keep in mind that if you are applying within your bridge year, you will need to be available for potential interviews during that year.