HPAO Office Operations regarding COVID – 19 Updates

Dear Pre-health Students,

Amid the current public health concerns regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19), face-to-face advising will no longer be offered in the Health Professions Advising Office HOWEVER virtual alternatives including Zoom and email will be offered. I would like to take this opportunity to disseminate some critical information regarding our advising practice and upcoming events going forward.

First and foremost, if you OR SOME OF YOUR PEERS WHO ARE PRE-HEALTH have not done so already subscribe to our Google Groups Mailing list! This is HPAO’s main means of communication during this time.

  1. Go to https://hpao.sdsu.edu/
  2. On the right-hand side of the homepage under “HPAO Mailing List” select the group that reflects your pre-health interest.
  3. Follow the instructions accordingly.

Health Professions Advising via Zoom: Available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact me at lwatson@sdsu.edu for further information regarding dates and times. Pre-existing appointments will be moved to a Zoom format and attendees will receive an invitation and instructions shortly. Since we do not currently have access to your files, we may ask you to provide some additional information beyond what was required during face-to-face advising sessions before your session. Instructions will be given to you when scheduling an appointment.

General Health Professions-related questions: Please contact healthpr@sdsu.edu to receive answers to general questions. Your questions or concerns will be answered within 2-3 business days and in the order in which they are received. Again, since we do not currently have access to your files, we may ask you to provide additional information beyond what was required during face-to-face advising sessions.

Letter of Recommendation Workshop: This workshop planned for Thursday, 3/19/2020 will be cancelled due to social distancing guidelines. We do plan on offering this workshop virtually in the near future at a date and time to be determined. If you have questions regarding letters of recommendation that you were planning on asking during or after this workshop, please contact me at lwatson@sdsu.edu.

Personal Statement Writing Workshop: This workshop is scheduled for Friday, 3/20/2020 and will still be offered via Zoom. Please contact me at lwatson@sdsu.edu for further instructions.


Application Review 2020: Virtual alternatives and programming are being researched to keep this event so…it will commence unless otherwise notified by our office. If you are taking part in this process, check your email as I will email announcements and progress to you directly.

Thank you for your patience during these tumultuous times. Our office is here to support you so please do not hesitate to contact us via email even with the simplest of questions. We will do our best to support you as always.

Warm wishes and stay safe,

Logan Watson
Director of the Health Professions Advising Office
GMCS 323
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182


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).

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.

                                                                Monday–Thursday 8 AM–4 PM
                                                                         Friday 9 AM–4 PM
                                                                               GMCS 323

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 HPAO 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