Science and PreHealth Advising Center
East Wing, 230 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
Prehealth and Health Professions Advising is available to any Penn State student who wants to explore, prepare, and apply for training in a health profession career.
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.
Not all individuals elect to attend professional school directly after their undergraduate studies. Past PSU applicants have found that it can be extremely beneficial to take a "Gap Year" or more in order to finish prerequisite courses, gain essential experiences and exposures to health care, conduct research, participate in volunteer programs such as AmeriCorps or Peace Corps, or work full-time in another industry altogether. Alumni of Penn State are welcome to utilize the services of the Pre-Health Advising Center. We are happy to meet with alums through in-person appointments, over the phone, or via Skype to provide advice and support to individuals considering a health career. Alumni may also apply for a committee letter at any time after graduating from Penn State. If you are a graduate of Penn State and interested in applying to a Health Professions program, please email one of our Prehealth Advisers or call 814-865-7620 to schedule an appointment. If you are within the region, please know that informative evening group advising sessions are offered several times every semester to smoothly guide your planning and application processes. Our Health Professions Group Advising Sessions schedule can be found below.
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.
Resources for Pre-health students during Spring 2020
Committee Interview and Letter Process COVID-19 Response
Beginning June 1 – the Health Preprofessional Evaluation Committee Letter process is being modified.
The supporting Committee Letter process is being transitioned beginning June 1st in the wake of all functions of the Science College going to remote worksites. We believe the change described below will enable members of our committee to provide applicants with feedback on their candidacy as well as expedite their suite of supporting letters more quickly to the professional schools.
We will continue to offer an opportunity to make a 1-hour appointment (mock interview) to discuss one’s candidacy with a committee member, to identify strengths and areas of potential improvement to make one’s best application for 2021 admission. The principal change is that a non-evaluative committee cover letter will accompany letter sets to the professional schools in lieu of a composite, post-interview committee letter as before. The letter will also summarize the spring 2020 alternate grade system for which schools will need to be informed. This supporting letter model is not new, and should not negatively affect your candidacy. For example, a non-evaluative letter model has been in use by health pre-professions offices at Yale, Dartmouth, Northwestern University and Tulane for some time. For our Committee’s role at Penn State, with the transition to remote worksites, this is an appropriate shift of time resources to best assist our 250+ applicants in their post-graduate health professions aspirations.
We will provide the opportunity to schedule an optional mock interview to discuss an applicant’s preparation, address questions and provide guidance on this process. Declining a mock interview does NOT compromise the committee cover letter for applicants – it will still be uploaded to veCollect. We will also continue to provide guidance on primary and secondary applications as we always have. We encourage you to join our Applicant Networking Canvas page for more resources and faster responses to questions you may have.
Appointment slots will still be made via our main office staff: 814-865-7620.
2nd Floor Ritenour, East Wing
Science Advising: 814-863-3889
PreHealth Advising: 814-865-7620