One-On-One Advising Sessions
To schedule a 30 minute individual advising session, Click Here or call (309) 677-4200.
For quick questions, come to posted drop-in hours in Bradley Hall, room 239. No appointment necessary. Summer hours by appointment.
We offer a full calendar of helpful programming, including presentations by local health care professionals, professional school admissions representatives, or student applicant panels, and workshops on MCAT and GRE prep, navigating the admission process, writing personal statements, interview skills, and more. Check the events calendar often for updates.
Personal Statement Reviews
Your personal statement or application essays will be reviewed for thematic content and feedback provided. Please schedule an appointment and email your draft to Dr. Val at least 24 hours before your appointment. Or come browse sample essays in the HPAC Resource collection and brainstorm ideas.
Mock interviews are offered to students who have interviews scheduled at health professional schools. These experiences simulate the interview experience, and you will receive specific feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement. Also, consult the excellent resources on interviewing provided through the Smith Career Center.
Come browse our ever growing collection of materials including Health Career Directories, guides for writing personal statements, exam preparation (MCAT, GRE, etc.), brochures from regional, national, and international professional schools, programs, and internships, as well as popular and inspirational books by and for healthcare professionals. Most materials are available for sign-out. Browse available titles online or in person.
HS 110 Introduction to Health Science
A freshman seminar offered each fall. Course Description: Health care professions, terminology, concepts in health care, and basic knowledge and skills of those in health science (1 credit hour). Includes a guest speaker series for students to meet and network with local healthcare professionals. Dr. Val's section is open (with permission) to students from ANY major who are seriously planning to pursue a health profession (pre-med, pre-PA, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, pre-vet, etc.).
AEP 105 Student Planning Seminar II: Exploring Health Professions
A freshman seminar offered each fall. Course Description: For students needing additional assistance in choosing a major, and interested in exploring various majors related to health professions. Focuses on a student’s better understanding of his/her own personal attributes. Through an individualized set of assessments, a student will be assisted in determining personal characteristics which may indicate appropriate academic majors for consideration in preparation for various health career goals. (0 credit hour; Pass/Fail)