Welcome to the Health Professions Advising Office!

Gwen Hill has been the Director of the Health Professions Advising Office at SDSU since 2014. She has over 20 years of student advising experience in a wide range of health professions. Come by or call to schedule an appointment with her with any of your pre-health related questions!

The Health Professions Advising Office provides information, guidance, and support for SDSU students and alumni from any major interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree in a health profession, including medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. The office has implemented an innovative office system composed of Peer Mentors and Advising Assistants to better support the pre-health students.

Competitive applicants to these programs have a strong academic background, including GPA and admission test score. Students, however, do not need to major in the sciences. Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of their chosen health profession, including clinical experience, and a record of leadership and service on campus and in the community. Many health professions schools/ programs look for research experience as well.

Every student’s path to a chosen health profession is different. The successful applicant takes meaningful course work beyond just what is required, engages in activities to learn more about their health profession interest, and commits to leadership, service and advocacy in an area(s) of interest.

Getting started

Come to the Health Professions Advising Office to sign up to attend the required HEALTH PROFESSIONS INFORMATION session. This will establish your file in our office. You will receive email notices of campus visits by healthcare professionals and recruiters as well as health professions information, workshops, and events.

You may then schedule a meeting with the Health Professions Advisor and also request a peer mentor. The Advisor will work with you as you develop your application, including your personal statement and interviewing. Your peer mentor will help you learn about campus resources and opportunities for clinical and other volunteer experiences.

Get Involved

Preparing for dental, medical, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant, or other health profession programs requires more than good grades and good admission test scores. The competitive applicant demonstrates an understanding of their chosen health profession, including clinical experience, and has a record of leadership, service, and advocacy as well as an understanding of issues relevant to health professions and health care.

Get involved with activities meaningful to you. Remember, too, that not all your activities need to be or should be medically or health care related. Meet like-minded, highly motivated pre-health students who aspire to serve their communities as healthcare providers…and have some FUN, too!