Health Professions Advising
“Applicants” are students who have been preparing themselves to apply to their chosen health professions by performing well in their coursework, have clinical, service and community experiences and thus have competitive credentials for the application process. Applicants may be juniors, seniors or alumni/ae.
“Matriculants” are those who were offered and accepted admission to a professional or graduate program.
|Tips to prepare for the Application Cycle|
|The application cycle is a year-long process which typically begins the summer before the fall of your matriculation (start) into professional school. In addition, you should be actively working on your application for up to a full year prior to the application cycle.|
|•||Be familiar with both the four-year undergraduate timeline and the more detailed information in pathway to successful application.
|•||Attend an HPA 202 session (see events calendar) and open or update your Scholar eFolder.|
|•||Create an Excel spreadsheet for the schools to which you will be applying; know their admission requirements and deadlines, and attend open houses and admissions officers/deans visits to campus.|
|•||Meet with an HPA advisor at least once during the fall semester of the year prior to your planned application submission. For a 10-minute walk-in, bring your completed self-evaluation form (zip). For an appointment, bring your completed HPA Student Advising Packet (zip).|
|•||Know all Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) deadlines and what is required of you for each date.|
|•||Plan the date you will take your admission exam, and create a study plan:
Know how long after your exam date it will take for your score to be sent to your schools, and select your exam date accordingly.
Allow three to six months to study for the exam.
|•||Identify and start speaking with individuals who may potentially write letters of recommendation on your behalf.|
|•||Participate in the committee letter [HPEC] process in the spring semester before your summer application. Starting June 1 of that year, you may request your HPEC Committee Letter.|
|•||Complete and submit an error-free application within the first 45 days after your centralized application service opens.|
|•||For schools that require a secondary application, be diligent and return these completed within two weeks.|
|•||Accept invitations, prepare for, and attend interviews at your health professional schools. You may do a practice interview to prepare.|
|•||Send thank-you notes to your reference letter-writers and to your admission interviewers at professional schools.|
|Additional information if applicable:|
|•||Scholarships and financial aid:
Please seek advising from the staff in the Virginia Tech Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid who have expertise to assist you.
Also see Virginia Tech Scholarships and Financial Aid: Health Professions resources
|•||Consider factors in delaying application | re-applying|
|•||Consider post-baccalaureate programs after the bachelor's degree and prior to health professional school.|
|•||Information for under-represented students in health care. (docx)|
|•||Information for international student applicants.|
|•||If you are not offered admission.|
Events for Applicants: application workshop and other events
Health Professions Advising Events
HPEC Deadlines for Applicants
|Timeline during 2016-2017 for students who wish to apply during 2017 to matriculate in fall 2018:|
|Oct. - Nov. 2016||Time period to have an HPA advisor review your completed Self-evaluation
(zip) to determine your readiness for the HPEC interview. Reviews are strongly recommended.
|Fr. Jan. 20, 2017||
|Tues. Jan. 24, 2017
|Last day to request assistance with completing your HPEC Interview/Application packet.
No phone call, email or walk-in questions on this topic after this date.
|Tues. Jan. 31, 2017
|Deadline. No submissions accepted after this date/time.
1. Submit completed HPEC Interview/Application packet to your Scholar eFolder.
2. A printed hard copy version of the packet must also be submitted to HPA office.
|Feb. 15-24, 2017||Sign up period for Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) interview, which will take place during March - May.|
|March 14 - May 2, 2017||Time period for Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) interviews.|
|April - Aug. 2017||Opening of Centralized Application Services.|