The Health Professions Advising office's mission is to support students in preparing for and applying to health professions schools. Our goal is to help students reach their full potential as strong applicants and future professionals.
We work to assist students in developing into the strongest applicants and healthcare professionals by providing academic advising, career counseling, mock interviews, letters of evaluation and application assistance. For students who aspire to careers in the health professions, advising includes the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, optometry, nursing, podiatry, pharmacy, allied health careers, and others. All students interested in a health profession are encouraged to use the services of the HPA office. Students interested in occupational therapy or physical therapy should contact Puget Sound's School of Occupational Therapy or School of Physical Therapy.
Advisors are available to consult with students and answer questions on careers in healthcare, course planning, and requirements for specific professions. Though students will primarily work with an advisor in their major, those who are interested in the health professions will also work with the Health Professions Advising office. We encourage you to begin a file with HPA as soon as possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or to make an appointment.
Joyce Tamashiro, Ph.D., Biology, is an advisor and Chair of the Health Professions Advising Committee. Jennifer Allen-Ayres is an advisor for the Health Professions Advising Office. If you are applying for medical, dental, veterinary or pharmacy school for entrance in 2019 and you would like a committee letter, you must submit a request in writing by April 1. Click here for relevant forms. Please follow these guidelines and review the timeline for applying this spring/summer.
Boston University School of Medicine
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medicine
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mayo Medical School (Arizona)
Michigan State University College of Medicine
Minnesota Medical Science Training Program—MD/PhD
New York Medical College
Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
St. Louis University School of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California Riverside School of Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
University of Colorado Medical Science Training Program—MD/PhD
University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine
University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine TRUST program
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Western Michigan University School of Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
See the full list of medical schools our students have been accepted to over the years.
In addition to biology, chemistry, and physics, the newest version of the MCAT includes additional subjects. Courses to take in preparation include Biochemistry (CHEM 460 & 461 or BIO 361), Introductory Psychology (PSYC 101) and Sociology (CSOC 360—Sociology of Health & Medicine). Watch a quick video detailing what's included in the newest version of the MCAT. For more information, visit the Association of American Medical Colleges MCAT website.