Welcome to the Health Professions Advising Office!

The Health Professions Advising Office is a resource for current SDSU students and alumni planning a career in the health professions. HPAO provides information, guidance and support to SDSU 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.(Those interested in physical therapy, nursing, or public health should meet with advisors in these programs at SDSU).

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 & 2nd year students and 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, fifteen minute welcome advising session with an HPAO mentor prior to meeting with the Advisor or Advising Assistants.