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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.

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.

Committee Letter

For instructions how to obtain a committee letter or to receive an updated committee letter, please go here: https://science.psu.edu/premed/applying-to-medical-school/committeeinfo

Personal Statement Reviews

For instructions how to write a personal statement, and how to get it reviewed by a prehealth adviser, please go here: http://sites.psu.edu/sciadvising/prehealth-advising/personalstatement/

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 2019 WALK-IN HOURS:

ADD/DROP WEEK (January 7-11) WALK-IN HOURS:

Monday-Friday, 9:00am-11:30am AND 1:30-4:00pm each day

STANDARD WALK-IN HOURS, January 14-March 1; April 22-26
During the semester, walk-ins will be held for two hours each day.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 1:30-3:30pm
Tuesdays and Fridays: 10:00am-noon

NOTE: Walk-ins on Monday, January 21 are cancelled for MLK Jr. Day

EXPRESS ADVISING HOURS, March 11-April 19:

Our department is changing from “Walk-In Advising” during the Fall registration period to “Express Advising.” 

Express Advising is for scheduling questions only and will be held each weekday, Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm. This advising is open to the following:

 

  1. Students pursuing a B.S. in Science or Premedicine who would like help planning their schedule for Summer and/or Fall 2019
  2. Pre-health professional students in any major at Penn State who would like help planning their schedule for Summer and/or Fall 2019

 

For more detailed questions and more serious matters, please plan to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a PreHealth or Eberly College of Science adviser during that time.

SPECIAL WALK-INS
FOR DISCUSSIONS ABOUT LATE DROPPING A CLASS ONLY: Friday, April 5, 1:30-4:00pm
FOR WITHDRAWING FROM SPRING SEMESTER ONLY: Friday, April 26, 1:30-4:00pm

 

Scheduling One-On-One Appointments

NOTE: Current students considering medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant professions are required to attend a Med Prep or PA Prep group advising session prior to meeting one-on-one with PreHealth Advising. See Health Professions Group Advising below for details.

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.

 

Health Professions Group Advising

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, our advisers offer a series of prehealth advising sessions. Students considering medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant professions must attend a Med Prep or PA Prep group advising session prior to meeting one-on-one with PreHealth Advising.

No registration is required.

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.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 6:00-7:00pm in 104 Thomas
  • Tuesday, April 16, 6:00-7:00pm in 104 Thomas

Medical Applicants

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.

  • Monday, January 14, 6:00-7:15pm in 102 Thomas
  • Tuesday, February 5, 6:00-7:15pm in 104 Thomas
  • Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-7:15pm in 201 Thomas
  • Thursday, April 11, 6:00-7:15pm in 201 Thomas

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.

  • Tuesday, January 29, 6:00-7:00pm in 201 Thomas
  • Monday, March 25, 6:00-7:00pm in 260 Willard

PA Applicants

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.

  • Wednesday, January 23, 6:00-7:00pm in 104 Thomas
  • Tuesday, March 19, 6:00-7:00pm in 201 Thomas


Other Group Advising Sessions

Several sessions on special topics related to health professions are offered only once per semester or once per academic year. Topics may change from semester to semester.

Health Professional School Interviewing 

Learn about different interview formats and practice your skills 

  • Tuesday, January 15, 6:00-7:30pm in 201 Thomas
 

Personal Statement Workshop

Strategies and tips for statement prompts - bring your writing tools!
  • Tuesday, February 12, 6:00-7:15pm in 262 Willard
  • Monday, April 8, 6:00-7:15pm in 112 Buckhout
 

Gap/Glide Year Seminar

Options for how to spend your time before starting a health professional program

  • Thursday, March 14, 6:00-7:00pm in 201 Thomas
 

Post-bacc 101

Learn about post-graduate programs for academic enhancement toward health professional schools

  • Wednesday, April 3, 6:00-7:00pm in 104 Thomas
 
 
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
Jennifer Stingelin Keefer, M.S. Keefer, Jennifer
  • Undergraduate Program Adviser
  • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(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 Sergeant, Mary
  • Academic Adviser, Forensic Science
(814) 863-9572
David Zach Zach, David
  • Academic Adviser, Science and Premedicine
(814) 863-3889

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