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MCAT Course Scholarship by Altius

Option #1: Altius Cares Scholarships including FULL or Half-Tuition Scholarships for everyone who applies for one this October.

  • Altius will be awarding over 65 Full-Tuition Scholarships and Hundreds of Half-Tuition Scholarships for everyone who applies.

  • Access to Altius Elite 1-on-1 MCAT Mentoring Programs, all of which include a 90th-Percentile Score Guarantee. If you complete a Platinum, Gold, or Silver Mentoring Program you will score in the 90th-percentile, or improve by 12 points, or Altius will continue working with you for FREE until you do.

  • All students should choose this option if at all possible. This scholarship, coupled with an affordable payment plan, reduces your tuition for the Silver program.

How to Claim this Offer: You must complete the application before this November by using the following link:

Option #2: Premier Self-Paced MCAT Program - 80% Discount if you enroll before October 31st  

  • Get Altius Premier Self-Paced MCAT Program, which includes on-demand recordings of our Interactive Classroom Sessions, One-Full-Year of Access to the Altius Student Study Portal (with 1,000s of the best tutorials, animations & videos), hard-copies of the Altius Student Study Manual, and the AAMC Official Guide. Students may purchase the same program for only $499 through October 31st.

How to Claim this Offer: To receive the $499 promotional price, you must complete your purchase at on or before October 31, 2020.

Paid Summer Research Opportunity in Meridian

Professor Danny Xu from ISU's College of Pharmacy is seeking current undergraduate students for paid summer  research in Meridian in 2021.  A $6,000 stipend is available for each student selected through an application process.

If you are interested, contact Professor Danny Xu immediately at

Applications are due by November 2, 2020.

Interested in applying to medical school?

The Idaho WWAMI Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter is hosting a virtual workshop series.

Open the link below for series schedule and registration links.

WWAMI SNMA workshop

Choose DO School Virtual Expo

Register here.

Event Date: November 12, 2020

Event time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MT/12-6 p.m. ET


 The Pre-Health Professions advisors meets with students and assists them in preparing for and applying to professional schools in the following areas: dentistry, medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic medicine and physician assistant studies. Students at all stages of their educational journey should meet with a Pre-Health Professions advisor. The Pre-Health Professions advisors monitors students' progress through their degree program, prerequisite courses, application procedures, and organize informational meetings, workshops, and guest speakers.

Physical Location: Beckley Nursing (Building #66), Room 307

Shanon Oler, MCoun, LPC

Academic Advisor and Recruiting Coordinator

(208) 282-2375


Shanon Oler serves as the Pre-Health Advising & Recruitment Coordinator for Idaho State University’s Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is a native of southeastern Idaho. Shanon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2013 and her Master of Counseling in Student Affairs in 2015, both from ISU. She has worked in multiple capacities as a Student Affairs professional including academic advising, teaching, and mental health and career counseling. Shanon loves working with college students and has a true passion for student development theory.

Alyssa St. John

Academic Advisor

(208) 282-4656

Make an appointment with Alyssa

Alyssa is an office specialist at Idaho State University in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences. She also advises Pre-Health students on the Pocatello, ID  ISU campus. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016.


Valentín García

Health Sciences Advisor

(208) 373-1830


Valentín García is a health sciences advisor for the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University. His office is located at ISU’s Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center in Meridian, Idaho.  García first joined ISU in 2016 as a financial technician and recruiter for the PA program. He coordinated activities and projects for a $1.1 million federal grant to increase recruitment and retention of ethnic, linguistically, and culturally diverse PA students. García earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from ISU in 2016.