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HPEC is the Health Professions Evaluation Committee

Applying for your Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) Interview

What and why:

The Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) interview is conducted because many health professional programs expect (or strongly encourage) a "committee letter of evaluation" (also known as a "committee letter") from the undergraduate institution for each applicant for admission. The HPEC writes such letters only after a formal interview with the student-applicant.

Typically the following professional programs expect (or strongly encourage) a committee letter:
MD | DO | DDS | OD | DPM.

Typically the following professional programs do not require a committee letter: PT | PA | BSN | MSN.

You, the applicant, should look at the requirements of each of the schools to which you are applying to know whether they expect or encourage a committee letter.

Not the same as reference letters:

Please note the "committee letter of evaluation" is different from reference letters that applicants might also be asked to submit.


HPEC interviews occur in spring semester (late March to early May), three semesters prior to the semester you hope to begin (matriculate into) health professional school.

Example: A student-applicant hoping to begin professional school in fall 2018 will be applying in summer 2017, and your HPEC interview should occur in spring 2017.

How to be ready and sign up for spring 2017 interviews

For spring interviews, preparation begins in the October prior.
Instructions and application process and forms for spring 2017 interviews, includes reference to deadlines.


Each interview consists of TWO HPEC members interviewing ONE student-applicant.

The committee members are faculty and administrative members from across the campus as well as health professionals from the community who have a strong interest in student development or health care. List of past committee members.

How long is the interview?

The HPEC interview lasts ONE HOUR.

What happens during the interview?

This is a formal interview with two basic purposes:

(1) You must demonstrate your strength as an applicant so the committee members can write a "commitee letter of evaluation" for you;

(2) The experience is intended to help you prepare for interviews that you could later have with the professional schools to which you apply.

Thus, you will be asked a variety of questions. And at the conclusion of the HPEC interview you will receive feedback on how you performed based on your response, body language, and communication skills.


For over forty years, Virginia Tech has had an institutional committee to perform this service for students and alumni applying to health professional school. Since July 2010 this service has been housed in Health Professions Advising in Career & Professional Development.