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Health Professions Advising is available to any Penn State student who wants to explore, prepare, and apply for training in a health profession career.

The Pre-Health Advising Center has relocated to the East Wing of
Ritenour Building.

 

Science and Pre-Health Advising Center

East Wing, 225 Ritenour Bldg

University Park, PA 16802

Tel: 814-865-7620

 

Our office also provides health professions advising to any Penn State student who is interested in a career in a health profession, including medicine, podiatry, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and other allied health professions.

Goals

We want to assist students with understanding:

  • Information about health profession prerequisites and expectations.
  • The demands of a health professions degree.
  • The keys to being a successful health professional school applicant.
  • Relevant courses and experiences that strengthen their application.

Health Professions Group Advising

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, our advisors offer a series of prehealth advising sessions at least twice a month. Students considering medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant professions should reserve a seat for an appropriate health professions advising session before scheduling a one-on-one appointment to discuss profession preparation and applications.

Registration is required to attend one of our small group sessions. Due to space limitations, sessions are limited to 15 students each.


***NEW for Spring 2017*** 
Physician assistant group advising has been split into two sessions:
PA Prep and PA Applicant 

Med Prep

First-year and sophomore students exploring medicine, dentistry, and podiatry will be familiarized with the coursework, experiences, and skills these health profession schools require of their applicants.

Please check back later for the fall schedule-all sessions are full.

Medical Mondays

Junior and senior students applying for medical, dental, or podiatry school will be introduced to application timelines and strategies needed to compete successfully in the current application cycle.

PA Prep

First-year and sophomore students exploring physician assistant careers will be familiarized with the coursework, experiences, and skills needed to successfully apply to physician assistant programs.

PA Applicant

Junior and senior students applying for physician assistant programs will be introduced to application timelines and strategies needed to compete successfully in the current application cycle.

Other Spring 2017 Workshops (no sign-up necessary)

Medical School Interviewing: January 30, 6-7:15 PM, 201 Thomas
International Medical Service: Dos & Don’ts, Whys & Why Nots: February 22, 6-7:15, 201 Thomas
Personal Statements: March 20, 6-7:15 PM, 201 Thomas
Gap/Glide Year: April 11, 6-7:15 PM, 102 Chemistry Building 

We are currently reviewing personal statements. To have your personal statement reviewed by a prehealth adviser, please complete this form, and allow up to two weeks for a response.
 

Scheduling One-On-One Appointments

PLEASE NOTE: THE ADVISING CENTER IS NOW LOCATED IN THE NEWLY RENOVATED SECOND FLOOR EAST WING OF RITENOUR.

Current students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

  1. Log into Starfish (starfish.psu.edu) and click on "Services."
  2. Search for "PreMed and PreHealth Advising" using the small search box (top right-hand side). To find a specific advisor, use the search box to search by name.
  3. Click on the Schedule Appointment link in the service description or scroll down to find a specific advisor's calendar under the Service Members listed. The Service Calendar (left-hand side) will show dates with scheduled appointment slots. Bold-face dates are ones with available appointment slots.
  4. Click the + icon next to your preferred appointment slot.
  5. Select a reason for the appointment.
  6. Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the advisor best prepare for the meeting.
  7. Once you create the appointment, Starfish will send you an email confirming the appointment as well as a reminder email closer to the appointment date. Your new appointment will appear in your Starfish "Dashboard."

To cancel an appointment: Click the "X" in the upper right of the appointment block on your Dashboard. If you cancel, please do so in advance and provide reasons for why the appointment is being cancelled.

Alum or prospective students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

Please call our office at 814-865-7620. Same-day appointments will not be made. Plan to schedule appointments at least two weeks in advance.

Walk-In Advising

Walk-in advising is reserved for brief concerns that will take no longer than 10 minutes. If it becomes evident that you have more extensive questions or concerns than you realized, you will be asked to schedule a regular advising appointment. Examples of walk-in items include:

  • Reviews of current courses scheduled.
  • Clarification on a specific health profession requirement.
  • Discussion of whom you will ask to write letters of recommendation.
 

SPRING 2017 WALK-IN HOURS, starting January 16

Mornings: Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM;
Afternoons: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Carolyn Jensen
Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
Senior Program Coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
(814) 863-3889
Ronald Markle
Director, Premedicine and General Science Majors
Professor of Biology (Physiology)
(814) 865-7620
College of Science staff listing
  Name E-mail / phone
Luann Auman Auman, Luann
  • Administrative Support Assistant
(814) 863-3889
David Cassiday Cassiday, David
  • Academic Adviser
(814) 863-8593
No photo available for this person Hunt, Tricia
  • Academic Adviser
(814) 863-3889
Carolyn Jensen Jensen, Carolyn
  • Director, Eberly College of Science Academic Advising Center
  • Senior Program Coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
(814) 863-3889
Beth Johnson Johnson, Beth
  • Academic Adviser
(814) 863-3889
No photo available for this person Keefer, Jennifer
  • Academic Adviser
(814) 867-4907
Alicia Kehn Kehn, Alicia
  • Advising Program Coordinator, Science and Premedicine
  • Health Pre-Professional Adviser
  • BS/MBA Adviser
  • First-Year Seminar Instructor
(814) 863-3889
No photo available for this person Lauck, Lori
  • Administrative Support Assistant
(814) 865-7620
Ronald Markle Markle, Ronald
  • Director, Premedicine and General Science Majors
  • Professor of Biology (Physiology)
(814) 865-7620
No photo available for this person Martarano, Lou
  • Director, Penn State Science BS/MBA Program
(814) 863-0284
Sara Roser-Jones, M.S. Roser-Jones, Sara
  • Science Dean's Scholarship Director, Commonwealth Campus Advising Liaison,
  • Advising Program Coordinator Science and Premedicine Programs
(814) 863-3889
David Zach Zach, David
  • Academic Adviser
(814) 863-3889

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