The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) coordinates the Health Professions Advising Program. The Committee and the Chief Health Professions Advisor provide guidance to students considering careers in dentistry, medicine, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, and various allied health professions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.). Members of the committee advise students on course selection, provide information on the many professional school and health career options available, assist in setting up internships, and give guidance on application procedures. HPAC maintains communications with regional health professional schools, the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, and the application services.
At the completion of the Pre-health profession student’s junior year, the HPAC prepares a letter of evaluation in support of the application to professional school. The evaluation is based on individual evaluations from faculty members, transcripts, information provided by the student, and any letters provided by health care professionals or others with knowledge of the applicant’s credentials. The committee also meets with the student in a formal interview session. Using the information obtained along with any personal knowledge of the student among committee members, the HPAC compiles a letter that details the applicant’s qualifications to become a future health care provider.