Pre-Health Professions

Pre-Health Professions Advisement (PHPA)

The office of Pre-Health Professions Advisement (PHPA) provides valuable assistance as you work towards your career goal of enrolling in a health professional school.

PHPA offers guidance to students preparing for admission to professional schools of medicine (MD & DO), dentistry, physician assistant, veterinary, chiropractic, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, and physical therapy.

Services provided by the office

  • Assist in setting up a timeline for the application process
  • Identify requirements for application and
  • Admission to various programs
  • Advisement with recommended and required courses
  • Collection of letters of recommendation
  • Opportunity for a committee interview and letter
  • Assistance with personal-statement writing
  • Career counseling
  • Interview preparation
  • Assistance with test preparation services
  • Exposure to professional school recruiters




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The Pre-Health Professions Advisement office offers guidance to students preparing for admission to professional schools of medicine (M.D. and D.O.), dentistry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, physical therapy as well as the allied health discipline of Physician Assistant. The office helps students setup a timeline to application and identify when to apply to health schools, the requirements for application and admission to these programs. These include:


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required and recommended courses, entrance examinations, letters of recommendation,volunteer work and effective essay or personal statement writing. Students matriculated in any undergraduate curriculum, as well as students enrolled in the post-baccalaureate Certificate in Sciences for the Health Professions may seek advisement by the office. However, due to the highly competitive nature of health professional school admissions students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 to apply for formal assistance from PHPA.


Before applying to the PHPA, currently matriculated students must first seek guidance from their regular department advisor regarding their undergraduate degree requirements. Students who are preparing to apply for admission to an undergraduate degree program should consult with the Admissions Office and their intended undergraduate department prior to seeking advisement from the PHPA office.

Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program must follow the requirements of that curriculum. Students can then consult with the PHPA advisor to meet the application requirements for their chosen Health Professions programs. This may involve making alternate course choices within the options allowed by their curriculums or require enrollment in additional courses.

Students seeking enrollment in the post-baccalaureate certificate in Sciences for the Health Professions are required to first seek advisement from the Biology Department as the certificate and PHPA are separate programs. Sciences for the Health Professions & Pre Health Professions Advisement

To Apply to the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Science for the Health Professions Please Contact Admissions

Typical Application Timeline for Medical School 

Typical Application Timeline for Medical School