How to Apply

  1. In September of the year you plan to apply to enter graduate school, attend the Fall Meeting for Applicants. Current students as well as graduates are invited to participate.
  2. Solicit letters of recommendation. Recommenders should be individuals who know you well and can write about you from first-hand observations. Provide each with a resume or copy of your pre-interview form and a signed waiver form. A stamped envelope addressed to the HPA Office is a helpful gesture. Fill out the letters of recommendation form with those names and return it to the HPA Office. It can be edited at any time. The letters are to be sent to the HPA Office and held in your confidential file.

    Note: Make sure that you choose the option to waive your rights to read the letters of recommendation. The HPA Committee will only use those letters in which you have waived your rights in the committee letter. The individual waiver can be found under Forms to the right.
  3. Begin your personal statement essay early. It will be revised many times.
  4. Participate in the Health Professions Advising practice interviews offered by the HPA Office in the spring of your junior or senior year. Sign up in the HPA Office.
  5. Consider how you will prepare for the required admissions test and when you will take it. If you choose to take a preparation class, check to see if one is offered on campus. The DAT, GRE, PCAT, and MCAT are offered electronically.  Plan to take the MCAT in April. If taken in August, scores are normally not available until mid to late October; past some early application deadlines. We highly encourage you to apply only when you have your test score. 
  6. Research schools to which you will apply. Each has a website with up-to-date information. You may also review the admissions requirements book for each profession in the HPA Office, Thompson Hall 203, or online at the association website for each individual profession. For example, medical schools are listed on the AMCAS website or can be found in these documents and websites: MD-PHD Programs in US, Dental Schools and Allied Education Programs, orOsteopathic Medical College Information. This is a good time to begin to think about how you will pay for health professional school. Besides financial aid in the form of loans offered by individual schools, the armed forces offer scholarships for tuition and fees in exchange for service as a military officer.
  7. Attend the February and March application meetings.
  8. Sign up in January for a mock interview which will take place from February to April. For medical school applicants: a mock interview is required if you request a committee letter of evaluation. A pre-interview form, with a draft of your personal comments essay, must be turned into the HPA Office at least one week prior to your mock interview.
  9. Most applications to health professional schools are filed with on-line application services. You will file one application with them along with transcripts to all schools you have attended. Begin to prepare your application in May and file it early. June 1 is the date for submitting your application. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself and one for the HPA file. Turn in the committee letter request form with schools and copy of your application to the HPA Office.
  10. Apply Early! June 1 is the official beginning of the application cycle. The earlier in June you apply the better the chances of you being accepted. HP schools accept applicants on a rolling admission basis so the earlier your application is the more seats there are available. We cannot stress enough how important it is to apply early.
  11. Keep the HPA Office updated frequently as you receive secondary applications. The committee letter of evaluation is part of the secondary application for medical school. For other professions, keep the HPA Office informed of their specific instructions for sending supporting letters.
  12. If all deadlines have been met, all forms filed and your secondary applications carefully completed, you can expect to hear about interviews as early as October. Acceptances are offered as early as November and as late as the first day of classes.
  13. Don't hesitate to consult with the Health Professions Advising office with any questions or concerns you may have. Good luck!