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
• committee letters for medical and dental school applicants

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, Fri: 9AM-5PM
​Tues: 9AM-7PM
Walk-in Advising Hours:
Tues: 4PM-7PM; Sign up for Walk-in Advising begins at 3:30PM

To receive HPAO Announcements, email us with your name, Red ID, and health profession interest.

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