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Alumnus and UC Davis medical student Jason Blanks '13 visits with pre-health students on the Puget Sound campus

Alumnus and UC Davis medical student Jason Blanks '13 visits with pre-health students on the Puget Sound campus


First and Second Year Pre-Health Students share their career goals at the HPA Fall Pre-Registration Meeting

First and Second Year Pre-Health Students share their career goals at the HPA Fall Pre-Registration Meeting


Pre-Health juniors and seniors prepare to apply to professional programs at the HPA Fall Meeting for Applicants

Pre-Health juniors and seniors prepare to apply to professional programs at the HPA Fall Meeting for Applicants

Health Professions Advising

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.  We provide special career counseling, committee interviews, letters of evaluation and application assistance for students who aspire to careers in the health professions. Advising services are not limited to medicine; students interested in dentistry, veterinary medicine, PA, optometry, nursing, podiatry, pharmacy and allied health careers 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 healthprofessions@pugetsound.edu 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 2018 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. 

A very big congratulations to our recent grads who have been accepted to the following Medical Schools.

University of  California - Davis School of Medicine
California Northstate University College of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine
St. Louis University School of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
University of Washington School of Medicine
Vermont College of Medicine

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Midwestern University
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rocky Vista University of Osteopathic Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pacific Northwest

See the list of medical schools our students have been accepted to over the years. 

MCAT Update

MCAT 2018 exam dates and test sites are now available!

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.

Students Participate in Global Brigades Public Health in Nicaragua

Neha Ketkar, Jessica Dyck, Sarah Rees, and Wildes Ho served with Global Brigades in Nicaragua to help community members build toilets, showers, and hand washing stations.