Welcome to the San Diego State University Health Professions Advising Office. We are happy to help you through your victories and challenges of being a prehealth scholar!

In order to build a strong foundation of knowledge about what it means to be a prehealth student at SDSU and to understand fundamental advice and key factors on what makes an applicant competitive, the following tasks are required before you are able to meet one-on-one with the advising staff at HPAO.

Step 1. Join our Canvas page! Be sure to fill out the form on the homepage to be added to our HPAO Canvas homeroom. We upload all prehealth and HPAO opportunities to this page. You can also easily access all of our advising availability through our Canvas.

Step 2. Check your prereqs! 😀
– All Health Professions Schools will require prerequisite courses to be completed in order to be eligible to apply for their programs. While prerequisites differ program to program, HPAO has various health professions’ course prerequisite lists that meet the requirements for entry to most health-related graduate programs. Please read your prehealth prerequisites page carefully and in its entirety. They are located here: Medicine, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.

Step 3. Attend an HPAO Orientation with the Director
– In order to acquire individual advising with a peer advsior, advising assistant, or advisor , it is required to have attended an HPAO Orientation.

Please refer to the HPAO Orientation option under the “Advising” tab on the main menu to see the Orientation schedule.


Step 4. For Advising : Who can I meet with to receive pre-health advising?

For ALL 1st year pre-health students:
– Can meet one-on-one with our trained Peer Mentors to answer their pre-health questions or check-in about their pre-health journey.

  • Available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • For more info, check out the “Advising: Freshman and Sophomores” tab

For 2nd year pre-med and pre-PA students:

  • Meet one-on-one with an Advising Assistant
  • Can book an appointment through our Calendly

For one-on-one advising with the Director (Junior and Seniors):
Please go to the Advising: Juniors, Seniors, and Alumni” tab for more info, to schedule an one-on-one appointment with Logan. Completing all of the necessary steps listed in Calendly is necessary in order to book and keep your appointment. Cancellation Policies and No-show policies will be strictly adhered to.

  • Available for 30 minute appointments.
  • Tuesday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm (may expand as the semester progresses)