The College of Science and Health's (CSH) Office of Advising and Student Services' pre-health advisor and the Pre-health Advising Committee (PAC) offer specialized advising for any DePaul student interested in pursuing a graduate health professions program.
The pre-health advisor and the PAC are the two primary supports for pre-health advising in the CSH. The pre-health advisor and PAC pride themselves on mentoring and advising pre-professional students on how to become competitive applicants to professional programs.
At DePaul University, pre-health is not considered a major, minor, or concentration, therefore, any student in any major is able to REGISTER for the Pre-Health Program and start taking advantage of its benefits.
Who is the Pre-Health Advisor and what does the Pre-Health Advisor do?
The pre-health advisor in the Office of Advising and
Student Services is committed to advising students who are interested
in entering a health profession. During your visit with the pre-health
advisor, you will be empowered to design a pre-professional program that
fulfills admissions requirements, volunteer requirements, and shadowing
requirements to be considered a strong applicant to professional
school. Any Pre-health Program
student or recent alumni (within three years of degree conferral date)
from DePaul University can get advice and support from the pre-health
The pre-health advisor counsels you in a variety of ways:
- Setting up a pre-health timeline starting with your first year to make sure you are meeting prerequisites and deadlines
- Addressing the academic requirements necessary for programs
in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy,
Podiatric Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy Studies, Pathologists'
Assistant Studies, Physician Assistant Studies, and many more
- Assisting you to make sure you are
fulfilling all the prerequisites for the professional programs
that interest you
- Providing you with expectations that graduate health
professions programs might have for you, and coaching you to be a
- Directing you to opportunities and experiences for internships, volunteering, shadowing and student research
- Discussing with you the application and standardized entrance
exam process for your desired graduate health professions program
- Meeting with you to discuss how to be supported by the
Pre-health Advising Committee's (PAC) faculty mentors during your junior
and senior years.
- Sending invitations to you for pre-professional upcoming events, including workshops, speaker events, and many other professional development and leadership opportunities in collaboration with the Career Center
You may schedule an appointment with the pre-health advisor by calling 773-325-8490.
What is the Pre-Health Advising Committee (PAC)
After you have been registered as a Pre-Health Program student, earned at least C- grades in each general biology and general chemistry course, including labs, earned at least 32 credit hours in residence at DePaul University, and achieved at least a cumulative 3.00 GPA, you are eligible for services from the Pre-health Advising Committee (PAC). Exceptions to these criteria will be evaluated by the pre-health advisor on a case-by-case basis, and be referred to the PAC for consideration.
The benefits of the PAC include:
- During your junior and senior year, you are assigned to a PAC faculty mentor who will guide you through the application process for your intended graduate health professions program
- Preparing you for writing application essays and personal statements
- Coaching you for professional school interviews
- Receiving a committee letter of recommendation on College of Science and Health letterhead for your professional schools of choice
If you have questions about the PAC, please call 773-325-8490
to schedule an appointment with the pre-health advisor.