University of California, Riverside

Health Professions Advising Center


Welcome to HPAC!

The Health Professions Advising Center provides information, advising, and support for students who aspire to graduate/professional programs in the health professions and wish to enhance their academic and extracurricular preparation. Professional staff and peer mentors are available to guide students as they plan their pre-health professions course work, health related experiences, service work, and research in preparation for applying to programs. We invite you to join this community of pre-health professions students.

HPAC offers:

  • Information about health professions
  • Individual and small group health professions advising
  • Peer mentors
  • Speakers, workshops, conferences and events
  • Graduate/professional school application assistance
  • Email updates
  • Student Resource Room

Have Questions?

The path to a health career can be confusing, but we are here to help! If you ever have any questions concerning pre-health requirements, becoming involved in co-curricular activities, making sure you are prepared for professional school admissions tests, or what your next step should be, come by our main office to talk to an intern, peer mentor, or professional advisor.

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HPAC Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. 
CLOSED For Lunch (12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.)
We are located in Pierce Hall 1114.


Our HPAC peer mentors are also available throughout the week during their Ask a Peer Mentor Hours. Click on the link or visit the "Peer Mentor" tab under "Who We Are" in the menu to find the full peer mentor schedule. Our peer mentors are highly involved student organizations on campus as well as health-related programs in the community. They can help you find co-curricular activities that fit your interests as well as clarify any questions you might have about basic health school requirements or what it is like to be a pre-health student and what you can do to manage your time efficiently.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Before scheduling an appointment for advising, you must attend a one-time, one-hour HPAC Introduction to Health Professions Workshop.

Still have questions after our many comprehensive workshops? Are you ready to come up with a long term plan? Our professional advisors are available for scheduled appointments for students who have more complex questions or would like to discuss their personalized path to a health profession.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call (951) 827-6233 OR
  • Stop by the HPAC office in Pierce Hall 1114 (just around the corner from CNAS Advising)



Where Do Our Students Go?

Students who work with the HPAC office are accepted and attend health professional programs all over the nation. For a quick look at just some of the programs that students have matriculated into in the past, check out our HPAC student page here!

Spring 2017 Events

Intro to Health Professions Workshops

Tues., April 4th | 3-4pm | Orbach G073
Wed., April 12th | 2-3pm | Orbach G073
Thurs., May 11th | 2-3pm | Orbach G073 

Application Workshop

Fri., April 7th | 2-3:30pm | Orbach G073
Mon., April 24th | 3-4:30pm | Orbach G073
Wed., May 10th | 5-6:30pm | Orbach G073


Personal Statement Workshop

Thurs., April 13th | 1:30-3pm | Orbach G073
Wed., May 3rd | 2-3:30pm | Orbach G073
Thurs., May 25th | 4-5:30pm | Orbach G073

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Info. Session

Tues., April 11th | 2-3pm | Orbach G073 

Atlantis Project Pre-Medical Internship Abroad Program

Mon., April 17th | 11am-12pm | Orbach G073 

Graduate/Doctoral Health Professions Student Panel

Mon., April 17th | 5-6pm | MSE 104

Caribbean & International Student Panel

Tues., April 18th | 3:30-5pm | HUB 260

COPE Health Scholars - Clinical Volunteering Program Presentation

Wed., April 19th | 11am-12pm | Orbach G073

US Army Suture Clinic

Wed., April 19th | 1:00-3:00pm | HUB 268

Health Professions Schools Fair

Thurs., April 20th | 11am-3pm | HUB 302 

Samuel Merritt Info. Session: DPT, DPM, PA, OT, Nursing

Thurs., April 20th | 3:30-4:30pm | Hinderaker Hall 0154


Did you miss our MCAT2015 Workshop?

Not to worry! We have the entire workshop recorded and available here on the website. Check out the MCAT2015 information here!

Interested in taking control of your academic and career path?
Learn more about AdviseStream and how it can help you!

 UCDC Summer Internship 

HPAC Assistant Director Amber Nicholson receives 'Staff Who Make A Difference Award'

Amber is the recipient of the UCR Staff Assembly 2016 ‘Staff Who Make A Difference Award'. She was nominated based on her dedication to UCR, the School of Medicine and most specifically her contributions as assistant director and pre-health advisor within the Health Professions Advising Center. 

Amber was honored on Monday, June 6 at the UCR Staff Assembly Award Ceremony at the Chancellor’s residence.  

 Congratulations, Amber!


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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Health Professions Advising Center
1114 Pierce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-6233

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