Health Professions Advising

The Health Professions Advising Program'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 into developing the strongest applicants and 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, optometry, nursing, podiatry, pharmacy and allied health careers are encouraged to use the services of the Health Professions Advising Program. Students interested in occupational therapy or physical therapy should contact Puget Sound's School of Occupational Therapy or School of Physical Therapy.

Health Professions Advisors are available to advise and answer questions on Health Professions careers, 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 Office. We encourage you to begin a file with our office as soon as possible.  Please contact with your questions or to make an appointment with an advisor. Please review the list of medical schools our students have been accepted to over the years. 

The Preview Guide for MCAT2016 has been released and is available for download.  In addition to the biology, chemistry and physics currently recommended for the MCAT, additional courses in biochemistry (CHEM 460 & 461 OR BIOL 361), introductory psychology (PSYC 101) and sociology (CSOC 360—Sociology of health & medicine) are recommended for the 2016 MCAT.   For more information, please visit the Association of American Medical Colleges MCAT website.

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 inform us 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  CA Davis School of Medicine
CA Northstate Univ COM
Loma Linda
OHSU, University of Oregon 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 WA School of Medicine
Vermont College of Medicine

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine,  Midwestern Univ
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern Univ
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


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