The goal of being a health care professional – and therefore being accepted to professional
school – is a lofty one and should not be taken lightly. It is also an honorable
goal and worth the attention and effort you will be putting forth to develop a competitive
The office of Health Professions Advising offers several services to assist you during the application process. Although many, if not most, medical and dental schools highly recommend that you
utilize the services of an HPA office if one exists on your campus, the choice is
ultimately yours. It is your responsibility to take ownership of the process.
In general, applications to health professional schools involve three components:
The Numbers – Mastery of the appropriate pre-requisite courses with good to excellent science and
total GPAs. Good to excellent entrance exam scores. Evidence of academic preparation and intellectual
capacity should be documented by at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty
Informed Decision – Acquiring the exposure, both personally and intellectually, to the field of medicine
and your specific career track. Applicant should be proficient at articulating health care issues and the role of
said professional in the health care delivery system. Evidence of an informed decision
making process and suitability for the profession should be documented by a letter
of recommendation from a clinical provider.
Life Experience – Integration into the community, pursuit of passions and interests, and commitment
to the well being of others provides evidence of compassion, personal balance and
interpersonal skills. Evidence of less tangible attributes, such as time management, empathy, integrity,
reliability and motivation should be documented by a letter of recommendation from
an employer, supervisor, or director.
Career OptionsAllopathic Medicine -
A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses,
pharmacists and therapists) that treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation,
assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders
is the primary care professional for spinal health and well-being.
We are interested in and care for the whole person. Chiropractic is a natural conservative
form of health care.
The process by which a professional counselor helps a person cope with mental or emotional
distress, and understand and solve personal problems.
provides preventative and restorative care to keep people healthy
and to alleviate pain and treat patients' oral health needs.
are clinicians, trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical
issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes.
is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and
optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage
the person's inherent self -healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae.
is a health and wellness profession that assists people in developing the skills that
in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play. Occupational Therapists distinct
value is to improve health and
quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations.
is the primary healthcare practice for the eye and the front line protectors of vision.
provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery,
and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers
the benefit of hands-on diagnosis
and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Pharmacists play a vital role on the healthcare team through the medicine and information
they provide to other providers and patients. Pharmacists can practice and specialize
in any area of healthcare
and while responsibilities vary among different areas of pharmacy practices, the bottom
line is that pharmacists help patients get well.
is the practice of health care professionals who examine, diagnosis,
and treat conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life.
A primary role of physical therapists is to develop a plan of care and apply proven
techniques to improve or restore mobility.
practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. They take medical histories,
conduct physical exams, diagnosis and treat illness, write prescriptions, deliver
babies and assist in surgeries.
is the health professional who works independently , utilizes x-rays and laboratory
tests and diagnostic purposes,
prescribes medications, orders physical therapy, sets fractures and performs surgery.
professionals focus on preventing disease and injury while promoting healthy life