College of Arts & Sciences

Health Professions Advising

Timeline for Preparation
Freshman Year
  • Sign-up for  the health professions email list.
  • Begin taking the appropriate prerequisite coursework in the sciences such as chemistry and biology. If unsure about your course selection, make an appointment with Mrs. O’Hara.  Also, talk with your faculty adviser about your academic progress, future plans, etc.
  • Attend programs and events sponsored by Health Professions Advising Office and the Medical Alumni.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Research your intended career and talk to people in the field.
  • Join at least one activity in which you are interested and that offers leadership opportunities.
  • Get involved in a community service project or volunteer in a health care setting to test your interest in the field.
Sophomore Year
  • Continue taking the appropriate prerequisite coursework.
  • Attend programs and events sponsored by Health Professions Advising Office and the Medical Alumni.
  • Continue to build relationships with your professors as you will be asking them for letters of evaluation in junior year.
  • Read about current issues and topics in health care.  Stay informed about your intended career field.  
  • Get clinical experience in your area of interest through shadowing or volunteering in a health care facility.
  • Consider research opportunities including the SJU Summer Scholars Program.
  • Sophomores are eligible for induction into the pre-health honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), in the Spring. If qualified, apply for membership.
  • Get involved in an activity that interests you and seek a leadership role.
Junior Year
  • Complete any missing prerequisite coursework.
  • Attend programs and events sponsored by the Health Professions Advising Office and the Medical Alumni.
  • Attend the HPAC information session and prepare your file for HPAC review.
  • Ask your professors for letters of evaluation.
  • Determine how you will prepare for the required admission tests (MCAT,DAT, GRE, etc.) and register for a course if desired.  SJU offers an MCAT review course on campus.
  • Meet with the Health Professions Advisor about your HPAC file and school choices. 
  • Complete your HPAC interview and meet with your assigned committee member about your review. 
  • Continue getting clinical experience in your area of interest. 
  • Make plans for a summer internship or research experience if desired.
  • Register and take the appropriate admissions entrance exam and send scores to the Health Professions Advisor.
  • Complete online applications for admission by mid  to late summer
  • Request your letters of recommendation to be sent to the appropriate schools or application services.
Senior Year
  • Prepare for and take interviews. Attend the Mock Interview sessions if possible.
  • Wait for decisions on your applications. 
  • Fill out financial aid/scholarship forms. 
  • Keep Mrs. OHara informed about all decisions on your application. 
  • If you need to improve your academic record prior to applying to a health professional school, consider a post-baccalaureate enhancement program and apply if needed.