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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Pre-Health Professions Advising and Programs

1210 H. J. Patterson Hall, 301-405-7805

Director of Health Professions Advising Office:  Wendy Loughlin 
Assistant Director: Becky Kenemuth
Advisor: Nick Celedon

The Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO), part of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, serves University of Maryland students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, or allied health fields.

Advisors and staff in the HPAO provide students with pre-professional planning, including individual and group advising, career preparation workshops, admission information for pre-professional programs, a committee process to support their professional school applications, and much more. Pre-professional program advising provides the academic, and experiential foundations required for entrance into professional schools.

HPAO advising encompasses the fields of medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and the allied health professions - especially nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and physician assistant, as well as others.  The pre-health professional programs at the University of Maryland are not degree granting programs.  They are recommended programs of study for students interested in each profession.

Students planning to pursue professional programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathic medicine or podiatry after graduation from University of Maryland must declare an academic major by 60 credits. Students who are undecided about which academic major they will declare may enter the Letters and Sciences, but must adhere to the University of Maryland requirement that students declare a degree-granting major by the time they reach 60 credits.

Pre-professional students who plan to earn a bachelor's degree should declare an academic major by 60 credits. A pre-professional student who does not declare an academic major will be designated as an undecided student in Letters and Sciences, where they will receive academic advising.  Pre-professional students, including those interested in the allied health fields, may receive advising related to admission to professional school requirements through the Health Professions Advising Office, however the HPAO does not serve as a student's assigned academic advising unit.

Students interested in allied health professions can in some cases transfer to such programs before earning a bachelor's degree.  Such students may enter Letters and Sciences, where they will receive academic advising.

The University of Maryland participates in an early assurance program with George Washington University School of Medicine.  More information can be found at  www.prehealth.umd.edu/early-assurance-programs .

Pre-Dental Hygiene
Pre-Medicine (Allopathic, Osteopathic, Optometry, Podiatry)
Pre-Occupational Therapy
Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Physician Assistant
Other Health Programs

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