1. What major do I have to be to get into a health profession program?

You can be any major, as long as you fulfill the prerequisites for the programs you are applying to.


2. How do I become a pre-health student?

By identifying as a pre-health student, you are not committing to a major or minor. Rather, you are preparing for your indicated health profession’s pre-requisites. To participate in pre-health advising, we require that each student attends a 1-hour information session. The information session gives the most current and holistic information to become a competitive pre-health applicant.


3. How can I set up an appointment with the advisor?

Please visit or call the office to have one of the peer mentors schedule an appointment for you.


4. What is required to make an appointment with the advisor?

We ask that students have an open file in the office. 1st and 2nd year pre-medical students meet with the advising assistant. All other pre-health professions, including 3rd and 4th year pre-medical students, meet with the director.


5. What health professions does the HPAO assist with?

Medicine (MD, DO, MD/PhD), Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Podiatric Medicine and Occupational Therapy.


6. Do health profession schools only focus on GPA and standardized test scores?

Although schools highly value academics, they also take into account other factors when evaluating an applicant. Such factors include experience in clinical settings, community service, work, shadowing, research, and leadership.


7. What is the difference between an academic advisor and a health professions advisor?

An academic advisor’s role is to aid you in concerns related to your major, general education courses, degree requirements, and registration. A health professions advisor’s role is to advise you on coursework and other requirements that will aid you in your pre-health endeavors as you pursue a health profession or allied health field. By working with both your academic advisor and a health professions advisor, you will become familiar with the requirements of both your general academic education and your chosen health professional program.