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Premedicine Major
PreHealth Advising

Science and PreHealth Advising Center
East Wing, 230 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-865-7620

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.

Advising Services

Committee Letter

For instructions how to obtain a committee letter or to receive an updated committee letter, please go here:


Personal Statement Reviews

We are now actively reading and evaluating personal statements. Please complete the modules within our Canvas course to gain a better understanding of how to write a personal statement, and to have it reviewed by a member of the prehealth advising team. 

Check out our Other Group Advising Sessions below to see information on our Personal Statement Workshop on February 6!


For instructions how to write a personal statement, and how to get it reviewed by a prehealth adviser, please go here:

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.


Fall 2019 Walk-in Hours:

Walk-in Hours, September 2- December 13:

Walk-ins will be held during specified days and times. All other times will need to be scheduled through Starfish. Check in is at the computer kiosk in 225 Ritenour Building.

There will be walk-ins on the following days:

  • Mondays 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Fridays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Monday - Thursday, Dec. 16-19, 9:00-11:30AM, 1:30-4:30PM

Friday, Dec. 20, 9:00=11:00AM (The office will be closed after 11:00AM)


FOR WITHDRAWING FROM FALL 2019 SEMESTER ONLY: Friday, Dec. 13, 9:00-11:30AM, 1:30-4:30PM

Please plan to arrive prior to 4:00PM to insure that all paperwork is complete and received on time. 




Monday - Thursday, Dec 16-19, 9:00-11:30AM, 1:30-4:30PM

Friday, Dec. 20, 9:00-11:00AM (The office will be closed after 11AM)



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

We will only be holding walk-in appointments this week. We are not able to provide regular appointments during Add/Drop week.

  • Walk-in hours are for scheduling questions only. This advising is open to the following:
    • Students pursuing a B.S. in Science or Premedicine who would like help planning their schedule for Spring 2020
    • Pre-health professional students in any major at Penn State who would like help planning their schedule for Spring 2020
  • Please save any questions about health professional schools and applications until after Add/Drop week has ended.
  • Please check in at the computer kiosk in the lobby of the East Wing of the 2nd floor of the Ritenour Building.

Current students, to schedule an appointment with an advisor:

  1. Log into Starfish ( 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.

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.

  • Monday Jan. 27, 6 PM, 201 Thomas
  • Wednesday Mar. 25, 12-1 PM, 258 Willard
  • Thursday Apr. 23, 6PM, 102 Thomas


Medical Applications

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.

  • Wednesday Jan. 29, 6 PM, 102 Thomas
  • Thursday Feb. 27, 6PM, 102 Thomas
  • Monday Apr. 6, 6PM, 112 Buckhout


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 Feb. 25, 6 PM, 104 Thomas
  • Monday Apr. 27, 6 PM, 112 Buckhout


PA Applications

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.

  • Tuesday Feb. 11, 6 PM, 102 Thomas
  • Wednesday, Apr. 15, 6PM, 201 Thomas


Please see our "Other Group Advising Sessions" below for more sessions including Interviewing, Personal Statement, Gap Year and other sessions and workshops. 

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.


Demystifying the MCAT

We recommend this workshop for those students who are planning to take the MCAT this year (2020). Here, we will discuss generalized preparation for the MCAT, how much it costs, resources available, when to take it, and tips from some Penn State students who performed well on the MCAT.

  • Thurssday, January 16, 6:00 - 7:00 PM in 362 Willard


Health Professional School Interviewing

Learn about different interview formats and practice your skills.

We recommend this workshop for those students who are planning to interview for health professional schools during this current interview cycle (Fall 2019 semester). We will host an additional meeting at the beginning of the Spring semester. 

  • Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 - 7:15 PM in 102 Thomas


Personal Statement Workshop

Strategies and tips for statement prompts - bring your writing tools!

We recommend this workshop for those students who are currently beginning their process of applying to health professional schools.  

  • Thursday, February 6, 6:00 - 7:15 PM in 112 Buckhout


Gap/Glide Year Seminar

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

  • Tuesday, March 24, 6:00 - 7:00 PM in 201 Thomas


Post-bacc 101

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

  • Look for dates in the spring!

Contact us!

2nd Floor Ritenour, East Wing
Science Advising: 814-863-3889
PreHealth Advising: 814-865-7620