Health Professions Advising Office

Pre-Health at the Beach: Whitaker Health Professions Advising Office


  • Annual Test Prep Scholarships

    Each year the Health Professions Advising Office awards scholarships to CSULB students for a test preparation course. These are need-based scholarships open to current juniors and seniors who intend to apply to graduate or professional school in the next application cycle. Scholarships must be used by December 2019. Learn more about test prep scholarships

    Applications must be received by September 14, 2018 at 3:00pm. Please fill out the Test Preparation Scholarship Application Request Form to receive an application.

What is Pre-Health?

Pre-health is a designation for those who seek admission to health professional programs upon completion of a baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.S.). The Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) serves students interested in pursuing graduate level health professions including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary, and physician assistant.

HPAO provides a wide range of advising and support services designed to meet the needs of CSULB students as they navigate through the often-complex process of preparation and application to a health professional program.

I am Pre-Health! Now What?

join HPAO on BeachSync, attend workshop, attend drop-in advising

Step 1

Join HPAO on BeachSync.

  • Watch videos
  • Find research/volunteer activities
  • Get notifications on upcoming events

Step 2

Attend Pre-Health 101.

  • One hour workshop (multiple given throughout the semester - choose one to attend)
  • Check BeachSync for upcoming times/dates
  • Must attend Pre-Health 101 before attending drop-in advising

Step 3

Attend drop-in advising and and other events.

  • Fall/Spring Fair
  • Info sessions
  • Application workshops

Which Major Should I Choose?

There is no "right" major to pursue at CSULB. Students should select a major for which they have a passion and will excel in. Health professional programs expect all students, whether philosophy majors, biology majors, or business majors, to do well in their chosen undergraduate programs and to demonstrate increasingly challenging curriculum loads in their major. All candidates, regardless of major, must demonstrate strong and consistent performance in coursework, especially in the core science prerequisites.

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