Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC)

Do you want to go to become a physician, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist or other health professional? We’re here to make sure you’re ready.

Graduate health professions school admissions are extremely competitive, but we have the coursework, the extracurriculars and the mentoring to ensure you are a successful graduate school applicant.

The Pre-Health Advising Center will be with you every step of the way from course selection, to summer jobs and internships to the graduate school application process. You will receive regular one-on-one advice and guidance from our director as well as from dedicated faculty mentors, who will help you:

  • Create and maintain your application timeline
  • Identify the programs that best fit you
  • Enroll in the correct prerequisite courses in a timely manner
  • Discover volunteer, clinical, and research opportunities
  • Participate in workshops
  • Find resources to study for the MCAT, PCAT, GRE and more
  • Practice for interviews
  • Obtain your composite committee letter and other letters of recommendation
  • Prepare your graduate school applications
  • And much more!

The Pre-Health Advising Center will also be your first stop if you decide to declare an official pre-medical designation.

Health professions graduate programs accept all undergraduate majors as long as all prerequisite courses have been completed. The University of New Haven offers numerous courses of study to meet your prerequisites.

We offer advising guides for the following fields:

  • Medicine (MD and DO)
  • Dentistry
  • Physician assistant studies
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech and Language Pathology

We Prepare Our Students for Success

Our students go on to great careers in medicine, pharmacy, physician assisting and other health professions. Here is a list of selected universities they have attended in the last 10 years.


Penn State School of Medicine
Kansas City University
University of New England
Kent State University

Physician Assistant Studies

Drexel University
Hofstra University
Long Island University
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy


Concordia University-Wisconsin (Doctor of Pharmacy)
University of California—San Diego (Doctor of Pharmacy)
Temple University (Doctor of Pharmacy)
University of Florida (Doctor of Pharmacy)
University of Connecticut (Doctor of Pharmacy)
University of St. Joseph (CT) (Doctor of Pharmacy)

Veterinary Medicine

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
Iowa State University (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)

Other Health Programs

Boston College (MS in Nursing)
Boston University (MS in Nutrition)
Columbia University (Health Education)
Quinnipiac University (Master of Pathology Assisting, Medical Laboratory Sciences)
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (Pathology Assisting)

We prepare you for all career possibilities

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Pre-Medical Studies Designation

At the University of New Haven, we take a unique and progressive approach to preparing our students to attend medical school through the pre-medical studies designation. Through rigorous coursework, students will attain the skills, knowledge, and abilities to create a strong foundation for their progression into medical school.

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