Pre-Health Professions

The School of Science and Mathematics offers a wide range of courses designed to meet pre-professional requirements for entrance to professional schools and programs in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and others. Students should consult with their academic advisors as to selection of courses for their area of interest.

Pre-professional studies are not majors. To obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard Payne University through the School of Science and Mathematics, students must major in biology, chemistry, chemistry-biochemistry, forensic science, engineering science, or mathematics and complete all general education and general degree requirements, plus all the course requirements for their major. Also, although there is usually some overlap, the students would take the courses required for admission to the professional school as electives.

Although you will have an academic advisor in the department of your major, Dr. Kristen Hutchins serves as the pre-health advisor and is available for any student on campus that wants to pursue a health profession.  The following are examples of support available:

  • Field trips — HPU students visit health professions programs around the state of Texas.  This gives students the opportunity to see the facilities, ask questions, and talk with faculty members, current students in the programs, and Admissions staff.
  • Mock interviews — HPU has a Health Professions Advisory Committee that conducts mock interviews with students that have requested a committee recommendation letter.  One-on-one mock interviews are also available with the Pre-Health Advisor.
  • Health Professions Listserv — Any student wanting to receive e-mails from the Pre-Health Advisor can request to be added to this listserv.  E-mails include information about upcoming open house events, summer research opportunities, seminar announcements, program updates from various health professions schools in  Texas, etc.
  • Reading Library — The Pre-Health Advisor has several non-fiction books that are available for check-out and were written by medical school students and physicians.  They give insight into the world of medicine.
Howard Payne University is a partnering institution with JAMP (Joint Admission Medical Program).  The Pre-Health Advisor also serves as the JAMP Faculty Director for HPU.  If accepted to the program, students receive support throughout college to help prepare them for medical school.  If they successfully complete the program, the student is guaranteed a spot at a Texas medical school.  For more information about JAMP, see their website:


More helpful information for students:

  • HPU Student timeline –Preparing for medical school
  • Application service for Texas medical, dental, and veterinary schools–TMDSAS