General Pre-Health Information

If you are interested in any health profession, you are urged to contact the pre-health advisory committee as soon as possible.

General Advice

Purpose and Functions of the HPAC

The purpose of the Health Professions Advisory Committee is to assist students in applying to professional school in the health area. The participating advisors will assist students in planning their schedules to fulfill the requirements of general education, the major, and the prerequisites of the professional school. The committee will interview students and prepare a committee letter for those disciplines requiring it.

The committee will also apprise students regarding their progress towards their stated career goal. The committee cannot gain admittance into any program for any student. The ultimate responsibility rests with the student to attain the consistently high level of academic achievement necessary for admission.

Advice About Letters of Evaluation

  • Choose people who know you well regardless of discipline.
  • Choose someone with whom you've interacted outside of class, especially with respect to your interest in a health career.
  • A letter from a humanities professor who can address your oral and written communication skills is a definite asset.
  • Choose people who have good things to say about you.
  • Ask your evaluators if they are willing to write the letter. Asking gives the person an "out" if they don't feel they can write you a glowing letter.
  • Give your evaluators a copy of your resume.
  • Give your references plenty of time to write the letter

For professional schools that require a committee letter, the letter will come to the HPAC, but it will be forwarded, unedited, to the professional school. Be sure your reference knows this. See Dr. Jablonski for the forms.

Advice About Courses and Majors

You will be working closely with your advisor(s) to determine which courses you should take to prepare you for professional school. Be sure you meet the requirements at the right time. However, you do not need to be a science major to be admitted to most health professional schools. You should major in something you are genuinely interested in; if you do not get in, you will be looking for a job in your major field. If you are a science major, be sure to take one or more upper level humanities courses.

Advice About Standardized Tests

All of the health professional schools require a standardized test for admission. Many students dread this more than any other part of the application process. The best way to beat the anxiety is to be familiar with the test and the test day schedule. To get the best possible score on these standardized tests, you must prepare. Obtain a copy of a study book and/or software. Schedule in your preparation time. Be sure to take the practice exams under timed conditions. Use your scores on the practice exams to show areas that need more study.

Exploring Career Options

Admission to most health professional schools is extremely competitive. The minimum GPA required for consideration by the majority of the programs is 3.0; the higher your GPA, the more likely you are to be admitted. Less than half of the applicants are successful in any year, so plan ahead. Be sure you have alternate career plans. All students should read the section on medical school, even if you don't want to go to medical school. There is important advice that all pre-health students should heed in that section, and it forms the basis for the rest of the information.

Members of the HPAC

Name Department Phone Email
Dr. Allison Jablonski, Chair Biology x8367 jablonski@lynchburg.edu
Dr. George Schuppin Biology x8964 schuppin@lynchburg.edu
Dr. David Freier Biology x8083 freier@lynchburg.edu
Dr. Pat Aronson Athletic Training x8065 aronson@lynchburg.edu