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Welcome to the URI Pre-Health Professions Advising Program

The Pre-Health Professions Advising Program at the University of Rhode Island was established to assist students in preparing for entry into graduate-level professional schools in the human* health sciences upon completion of their degree at URI. Students who successfully complete our program enjoy a high success rate in admission to medical, dental, optometry and podiatry schools, as well as physician assistant degree programs.

The program aids students in:

            • choosing appropriate academic programs
            • acquiring the necessary interviewing and writing skills
            • developing a personal and academic profile that will be attractive to professional schools
            • establishing a dossier which is used in support of her/his professional school application

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) evaluates prospective medical, dental, and optometry school candidates and furnishes official evaluation letters for students who have successfully completed URI's pre-professional application process. A listing of the current Committee Members can be found here.


What makes Pre-Health at URI unique?  

Housed within the university’s Honors Program, our program provides students with a heightened awareness of the broad range of special academic opportunities and competitive awards for which they may qualify. Each year qualified URI students are selected and mentored by faculty committees to participate in many major scholarship competitions; pre-medical students are often strong candidates for these highly prestigious awards. In fact, in previous years our program produced a Goldwater Scholar, a Boren Scholar, a Metcalf Scholar and a Fulbright finalist!

While not required, pre-health students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Honors Program; not only does this enhance their academic experience, it is also appealing to (if not expected by) professional schools. Our physical location within Lippitt Hall also provides the pre-health professions program a strong sense of community and “place.”  Newly renovated and centrally located, Lippitt Hall houses an active Honors Student Lounge and computer room, as well as the constant opportunity for quality interaction with acclaimed members of the faculty.

For questions concerning post-graduate careers in the human health professions, please contact pre-health advisor and HPAC Chair, Kathleen Maher. 

*More information on pre-veterinary studies at URI is available here.

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