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A Holistic Student Service

The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for students pursuing health professions. HPAC achieves this goal by providing accessible resources that address the systemic barriers students often encounter when seeking admission to graduate or professional schools. The key ways in which HPAC supports students are through:

Graduate/Professional Application Preparation

  • Decoding the process of how to become a competitive candidate for graduate/professional schools in ways that empower and challenge students. This includes advising on important factors such as prerequisite coursework, standardized tests, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and other application components. HPAC aims to demystify the application process and equip students with the necessary tools to present themselves effectively.
  • Working in tandem with students during and after degree completion to help students gain entry into their desired profession. This ongoing support involves helping students identify and secure relevant experiences, internships, or research opportunities to strengthen their candidacy.

Strengths-based Pre-Health Advising

  • Strengths-based, pre-health culturally relevant advising recognizes the richness of students' backgrounds and the valuable perspectives they bring to the health professions. Advisors encourage students to explore how their cultural wealth and identity inspire their career aspirations. This involves discussing how their unique experiences and perspectives can contribute to addressing health disparities, promoting cultural competence, or serving underrepresented communities.

  • Working collaboratively with students to develop comprehensive academic and career action plans. These plans take into account the desired professional school prerequisites, ensuring that students are aware of the necessary coursework and timelines for timely graduation.

Accessible Resources

  • Access to mentors who work in health professions. These mentors can offer guidance, share their experiences, and provide valuable insights into the field.
  • The center oversees the Medical and Pre-Health Student Society, a student-led organization providing a platform for networking, peer support, and collaboration. They organize events such as panel discussions, workshops, guest lectures, and community service activities related to health professions to foster a sense of belonging among students with shared interests and ambitions.
  • Information on volunteering/providing service inside and outside their communities, shadowing, and research/internship opportunities, all in the desired health profession field of choice.

Support Services

Additional ways we can help: 

Assistance with planning CSUSB prerequisites for professional programs

Please explore our resources page. Identify the program you are interested and you will find list of prerequisites. 

Find a mentor! Partnership with CUSM

LAUNCH is a partnership between CSUSB HPAC and CUSM School of Medicine that matches aspiring health professional students with current CUSM medical students who can provide support and guidance throughout their educational journey.

As an aspiring medical professional, you’ll have access to a trained CUSM mentor to discuss topics such as:

  • Managing pre-health coursework
  • Balancing school, work, and personal life
  • Exploring careers in the field of medicine

Pre-med and pre-health students at CSUSB who are looking for mentorship and want to connect with a mentor (virtually) are encouraged to join LAUNCH.

Register here: https://cusm.mentorcollective.org/register/cusm-prep/mentee

Questions? Email hpac@csusb.edu or valenzuelan@cusm.org

Healthcare Career Exploration

We encourage you to check out our resources page. We have added many pre-health fields to help you explore various healthcare professions. 

In addition, connect with use on social media or Coyote Connection or join us for our events. 

Health Graduate & Professional Application Assistance

HPAC is here to best support you as you begin to submit applications for health professional schools. Most schools utilize a centralized application service (CAS). CAS systems often request to submit only one application that will be received by multiple schools you designate to apply to. Please explore the resources page for many more tools and guides.

Common CAS Links below: 

  • Allopathic Medicine (MD) - AMCAS American Association of Medical Colleges Application Services
  • Osteopathic Medicine (DO) - AACOMAS American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Services
  • Dental Medicine - AADSAS American Dental Schools Application Service
  • Optometry - OPTOMCAS Optometry Centralized Application Service
  • Pharmacy - PharmCas Pharmacy School Application Service
  • Physician Assistant - CASPA Principle Application Service for Physician Assistants
  • Podiatric Medicine - AACPMAS American Association of Podiatric Medicine Application Service
  • Physical Therapy - PTCAS Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service
  • Veterinary Medicine - VMCAS Veterinary Medical College Application Service

HPAC Committee Letter of Recommendation Request

A committee letter is a letter authored by HPAC and offers evaluation and advocacy on your behalf by highlighting your background and accomplishments, contextualizing challenges, and outlining your overall preparation and motivation for pursuing a career in medicine. A committee letter is often sent with additional letters of recommendation that you solicit from your faculty and others in support of your candidacy. You may request external recommenders to participate in your committee letter. It is important to view the individual schools you intend to apply for and ensure their preference for letters of recommendations. 

Committee Letter Request Instructions: 

Please submit request to HPAC if you wish to request for committee letter. Please submit request below to receive instructions and important information. 

Committee Letter Request