Health Professions Advising Office

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


  • Health Professions Fair 2024

    Meet representatives from nearly 40 health professions programs. The programs range from Genetic Counseling to Medical Doctor to Occupational Therapy to Pharmacy and more! Thursday, April 25 on the Speakers Platform (CSULB campus) from 10:00am-2:00pm.

    Learn more: Health Professions Fair 2024

  • Appointments

    Health professions advising is being updated. Please stay tuned for new information. In the meantime, please email for any questions. Please include your student ID number in all correspondence.

    Advising continues to be available for all students. Students must still attend a Pre-Health 101 via Zoom before receiving advising.

    For more detailed help with booking appointments, please see the Appointment Guide.

  • Pre-Health 101 Update

    Pre-Health 101 sessions will now be conducted via Zoom. You must RSVP via BeachSync in order to attend. Please show up to the meeting on time: the meeting will be locked 5 minutes after the meeting's start time. See HPAO Events for dates.

    Resource for Meeting: HPAO Student Booklet 2020 (PDF)

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.

Find Us on


Appointments are open to all students who have already attended Pre-Health 101 workshop. All appointments are over the phone or Zoom.

Book an appointment by using the "Beach Connect" chiclet on Single Sign-On.

For help with booking appointments, please see the Appointment Guide.