Letters of Recommendation/Evaluation
There are three types of letters accepted by Health Professions Schools:
1) Committee Letter, a composite evaluation prepared after an interview with a pre-health professions committee.
2) Composite Evaluation with individual letters of recommendation attached, this is a packet of letters from faculty, mentors, and/or supervisors which is submitted with a cover letter written by the pre-health advisor.
3) Individual letters, written by faculty mentors, and/or supervisors and send either to an application service or directly to individual schools.
Medical,dental, and veterinary schools STRONGLY suggest that either a committee letter or composite evaluation be submitted. Farmingdale PHPA will submit a composite evaluation on behalf of students enrolled in the PHPA program.
For students seeking a composite evaluation, letters must be sent by letter writers directly to PHPA either electronically via email or hardcopy via US Mail. All letters must be on professional letterhead and must be signed.
Students applying to all other programs are encouraged to seek individual letters from faculty and/or supervisors and have them sent in accordance with the guidelines of their health professions program of interest.
Students may also opt to use a letter service such as Interfolio to collect, organize, and send their letters. Students must select 'Farmingdale State College - PHPA' as their institution when using Interfolio.
Who Should You Ask
Faculty: Usually at least two science faculty, letters from non-science faculty may also be helpful
Mentors: Research or clinical volunteer supervisors
Current or Former Employers: Can give insight into personality characteristics beyond those see during coursework
Family Friends, Peers, Politicians: Generally not required
Physicians: Only if acting as a mentor or specifically required (D.O.)
Clergy: Only if acting as a mentor
Check each health professions requirements before requesting letters