University Hall (UH) 223
In the 50-plus years of its existence, the Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) has assisted thousands of students in gaining admission to health professional schools. Past students have gained entry into Harvard University, Stanford University, John Hopkins University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the majority of UC campuses. The Health Professions Advising Office is well-situated to assist Latino students in their successful matriculation into professional schools, as CSUF was ranked #17 nationally in the number of Latino students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in a health-related major in 2014-2015.
From its original mission of preparing pre-medical students to become competitive applicants for medical school, the HPAO’s mandate has expanded in recent years to prepare, inform and advise CSUF students about the following careers: medicine (allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric), dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine. Preparation for success begins early and continues throughout the students’ academic career at CSUF. Overseen by the Health Professions Committee, the HPAO fosters students’ success through its support of several pre-health student organizations, mock interview practice, personal statement reviews, and full support through the professional school application process. The Health Professions Advising Office also offers the Pre-health Professions minor. The minor provides students who are non-science majors with a structured pathway to complete several prerequisite science courses, and offers science majors the opportunity to complete coursework in the social sciences, population health, and cross-cultural studies. Through its community engagement initiatives, the HPAO has established early conditional acceptance (linkage) agreements with professional schools including Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM), Marshall B. Ketchum University, St. George’s University, the American University of Antigua, and Western University.