About the Health Professions Advising Office

Welcome Class of 2021!


The Health Professions Advising Office is a resource for current students and alumni planning a career in the health professions. HPAO provides information, guidance and support to students and alumni from any major about most health professions*, including dentistry, medicine (M.D., D.O., and D.P.M.), optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine.

We support students as they:

• explore options in the health professions
• plan and complete pre-requisite course work
• gain clinical experience
• provide service and leadership both on campus and in the community
• prepare for admissions tests and the 15-month application process

HPAO offers:

• information about health professions
• individual and group advising
• health professions peer mentors for 1st and 2nd year students and for new transfer students
• special health professions topics courses
• speakers, workshops, conferences and events
• application assistance for dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine

Students are required to attend a one-time, one-hour health professions information session before meeting with the advisor or requesting a peer mentor. Sign up in GMCS 323 or call 619-594-3030.

Office Information:
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 9AM-5PM
​Tues: 9AM-6PM
Fri: 9AM-4PM
Walk-in Advising Hours:
Tues: 3PM-6PM
Sign up for Walk-in Advising begins at 2:30PM

To receive HPAO Announcements, select your health profession interest below to be added to our Google Group mailing list and select "Apply for membership" then "Apply to join this group":

HPAO Alumni
HPAO Pre-Medical
HPAO Pre-Dental
HPAO Pre-Optometry
HPAO Pre-Pharmacy
HPAO Pre-Physician Assistant
HPAO Pre-Veterinary

Those interested in physical therapy, nursing, or public health should schedule a meeting with advisors in these programs at SDSU.

Health Professions Advising Office
San Diego State University
GMCS 323