Pre-Health Professions Advising

Rollins College provides the required curricula for students planning careers in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and allied health professions. Students may major in any discipline as long as they include in their curriculum the required core science courses. Small class sizes and rigorous curricula promote faculty-student interaction, resulting in strong applicants for health professions schools.

 Samantha Schlesman (Class of 2019) Indiana University School of Optometry Marissa Cobuzio (Class of 2019) Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Eleni Duni (Class of 2018) Florida State University College of Medicine Katie Rioux (Class of 2019) LECOM School of Dental Medicine

Samantha Schlesman

Indiana University School of Optometry 

"The science department at Rollins did an excellent job preparing me for my future career in optometry. The professors “open-door” policy allowed me to take on such challenging courses!"

Marissa Cobuzio

Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine 

"The small class sizes and close relationships with professors ensured that I gained the knowledge and skills needed to do well with the GRE test, submit quality applications, and stand out in my interviews. This all resulted in being accepted to multiple vet schools."

Eleni Duni

Florida State University College of Medicine 

"I gained some of the most valuable real-world experiences during my time there. The pre-health internship through Rollins in the emergency room exposed me to the inner workings of a hospital and the beauty of having a diverse team work towards the same goal of stabilizing a patient."

Katie Rioux

LECOM School of Dental Medicine

"Rollins’ small class sizes allowed me personal attention from professors and created an incredible learning environment. I feel confident entering dental school with the academic and emotional knowledge I learned at Rollins!"

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) coordinates the Health Professions Advising. 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.

Health Professions Advising Catalogue

Health Professions Advising Portfolio

The Health Professions Advising Portfolio (HPAP) is a web application that allows you to log entries from your medical and community volunteer experiences.

Where Rollins Pre-Health Alumni Go

Below are just a few of the schools that Rollins students have matriculated for health professions after graduation:

Allopathic Medicine (MD)

  • University of Florida
  • Florida State University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • Florida International University
  • Northwestern University
  • Tufts University
  • NYU
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (MD/PhD)
  • Tulane University
  • Indiana University
  • Drexel University
  • University of Arkansas
  • Temple University
  • Colorado University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of West Virginia (MD/PhD)
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of New Mexico
  • Eastern Virginia University
  • Chicago Medical School – Rosalind Franklin University
  • Nova Southeastern
  • East Tennessee State University – Quillen School of Medicine
  • Larner College of Medicine
  • Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Saba University School of Medicine
  • Ponce Health Sciences University

Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

  • LECOM
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dentistry

  • University of Florida
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Maryland
  • Tufts University
  • LECOM (Bradenton) School of Dentistry
  • Nova Southeastern

Pharmacy

  • University of Florida

Veterinary Medicine

  • University of Florida
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Optometry

  • Illinois School of Optometry
  • Indiana University School of Optometry

Physician Assistant

  • Barry University

Podiatry

  • Barry University
  • Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Temple University

Marisa A. Fuse, Ph.D.
Rollins College
Health Professions Advisor
Department of Chemistry
Bush – Room 323
T. 407.646.2687
mfuse@rollins.edu