Pre-Health Advising

The Hameetman Career Center

The Office of Pre-Health Advising (OPHA) at Occidental College provides information, resources, and in-depth advisement to students and alumni who are interested in matriculating to graduate programs in various health professions.

For information and FAQs about how COVID-19 impacts your plans and preparation for health-related graduate school, read our guide.

Offering unlimited, individualized personal counseling sessions and group workshops, the OPHA assist premedical and prehealth students and alumni in making well-informed decisions and help them develop effective personal strategies to successfully achieve their professional and educational goals. We provide guidance and opportunities, as they select their academic courses and engage in extra-curricular activities such as research, volunteering and clinical shadowing. We continue to provide assistance throughout the entire application process.

We strongly encourage Oxy students and alumni to stay connected with our office. Our newsletters and emails will announce our workshops and seminars, plus will provide important resources as you plan and prepare for graduate programs in various health professions.

The Office of Pre-Health Advising will assist you in the exploration of health careers and in applying to the following kinds of programs:

  • medicine (allopathic, osteopathic)
  • dentistry
  • veterinary medicine
  • pharmacy
  • nursing
  • physician assistant
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • optometry
  • podiatry
  • public health (please also consult with Oxy’s Urban and Environmental Policy Institute)

Students and alumni of Occidental College are welcome to contact the Office of Pre-Health Advising to receive advisement on their preparation and application to professional graduate programs in health sciences.