Health Professions Advisory Office

General Information

The Health Professions Advisory Office (HPAO) MOVED on Monday, June 23, 2014. 


Our new PHYSICAL location is 1801 Edgehill Ave, Suite 106/Room 114 (near the Commons).

Our new MAILING address is    PMB 0321
                                              230 Appleton Place
                                              Nashville, TN 37203-5721

Our Phone numbers did NOT change.

Take 21st Avenue to Edgehill (near elevated walkway across 21st Ave)
Take Edgehill almost to 18th Ave.  (The Curb Center is at Edgehill/18th)
Enter 1801 Edgehill through the courtyard to the right of the Curb Center.
Enter the 2nd set of double glass doors.
Walk straight down the hallway for approx. 18 yards (towards the Seigenthaler Center).
Suite 106 will be on the right.
Office 114 is towards the back exit door and on the right.


The Health Professions Advisory Office (HPAO) is here to assist Vanderbilt undergraduate students (and others with a Vanderbilt affiliation) interested in attending health professions graduate schools. We meet with students interested in medicine (both allopathic and osteopathic), dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatric, etc. Students interested in an advanced career in nursing are encouraged to contact the School of Nursing for advice and counseling (Pre-Nursing Handbook). Please call the HPAO office and we will be happy to schedule a meeting to discuss your questions.

If you are currently not on our ListServ email distribution list, please request to be added so you may receive valuable information.


Click here to view the 2013 HPAO Annual Report with ACCEPTANCE STATISTICS

HPAO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Upcoming events

Sept 15 - 3:00-5:00pm - UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV - F. EDWARD HEBERT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - LTC Aaron Saguil - HPAO office - 1801 Edgehill Ave, Ste 106

Sept 15 - 5:30pm - UNIV OF TENNESSEE - COLLEGES OF MEDICINE (Mr. Nelson Strother), DENTISTRY (Dr. Stan Covington), PHARMACY, NURSING, HEALTH PROFESSIONS (PT, OT, PA, Clinical Lab Sciences), and GRADUATE HEALTH SCIENCES (PhD Programs) - Stevenson Center 5211

Sept 16 - 5:00-7:00pm - AED SHADOWING REGISTRATION - Upperclassmen and Returning Shadows Only - HPAO Office / 1801 Edgehill Ave, Suite 106 (Link for REQUIRED paperwork)

Sept 17 - 5:00-7:00pm - AED SHADOWING REGISTRATION - Freshmen and New Shadows - HPAO Office / 1801 Edgehill Ave, Suite 106 (Link for REQUIRED paperwork)

Oct 23 - 6:00 - UNIV OF ARKANSAS MEDICAL SCHOOL - Tom South - Stevenson Center 4327

Nov 10 - 7:00pm - UNIV OF CHICAGO MEDICAL SCHOOL - Ms. Sharp-Kellar - Stevenson Center 4327


Vanderbilt Pre-health organizaitons

Vanderbilt Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Society (AED)

Vanderbilt Pre-Dental Society

Vanderbilt Pre-Nursing Society

Vanderbilt Pre-Pharmacy Society (VPPS)

Vanderbilt Pre-Veterinary Medicine Society (VVMS)


MCAT (medical college admissions test) Information

Register to take the MCAT - In order to help ensure that you get your desired site and date, please sign up as soon as registration opens.

AAMC link to Preparing for the MCAT Exam

In 2015, a NEW MCAT will be introduced to reflect the changing nature of medical education. (Please click on the links below for more information.)

Please note the IMPORTANCE OF ADVISING. The information provided in the links below is NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUR ADVISOR! Consult both your school-based advisor and the Health Professions Advisory Office to develop a plan that suits your own strengths, interests, and background.


Pre-Medical Preparation

Threading a path through pre-medical expectations


View the AAMC Preview Guide for MCAT 2015

New England Journal of Medicine - Perspective on MCAT 2015 Changes

Click here to view the AMCAS Application Verification Timeline.

dAT Information

Proposed Future Changes in DAT

LGBTQI Information


To All Students Applying to Medical, DENTAL, PHARMACY, VET, AND ETC. AL, SchoolS in 2013 for 2014 admission:

An Advisor's Student Applicant Portfolio (ASAP) meeting/interview (which also includes a mock interview) is required in order for the HPAO to prepare a committee letter to the health professions schools. This meeting is strongly recommended since most health professions schools require and/or expect to receive a letter from the school's health professions advisor if the student is still enrolled or has just graduated. These meetings can be scheduled to take place as early as February of the application year. The HPAO should be contacted well in advance of the preferred meeting date since the calendar fills up quickly. The completed ASAP document must be brought to the meeting. Students are also advised to start thinking about which faculty members to approach for letters of recommendation.

Click here for ASAP Document



Ever wonder how you come across during an interview? Why not have a virtual mock interview and critique yourself? The Center for Student Professional Development provides a Mock Interview Module in DoreWay which is an excellent resource to guide you to being a great interviewee. Click here for instructions on using the interview module.

early acceptance programs

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) no longer offers an Early Acceptance Program (EAP)

Mount Sinai Humanities and Medicine Early Acceptance Program

University of Cincinati ROSE Program (Sophomore Ohio residents)

University of Florida College of Medicine Juniors Honors Medical Program (UFCOM) (7 year BS/MD porgram - does not accept high school students)


US Medical school Contact Points

Caribbean Medical School Contact Points


HPAO Documents


Suggested Reading for Pre-medical Students

Medical School Admission Requirements by the AAMC
-A must have! Tells you exactly what courses are required for each medical school.

Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students by the AAMC

Resources for Pre-med Students by the AAMC

Osteopathic Medical College Admissions Requirements by AACOM

Suggested Reading for PRE-DENTAL Students

Dental School Admission Requirements by the ADEA

-The must have for Dental applicants! Tells you the exact course requirements for each dental school.


DAT Frequently Asked Questions

suggested reading for pre-veterinary medicine students

Veterinary Medicine School Admission Requirements

suggested reading for pre-pharmacy students

Pharmacy School Admission Requirements by the AACP

suggested reading/viewing for pre-physical therapy students

Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service - Course Prerequisites Summary

Accredited PT and PTA Programs

PTCAS 2011-12 Applicant Data Report

Program Pages in the PTCAS Directory

CAPTE Directory of Programs

APTA PT Admissions Process

"Move Toward a Physical Therapist Career" slide show

You Can Be Me” video

suggested reading/viewing for pre-physician assistant students

Physician Assistant - PA Focus

Physician Assistant Education Association