HPA event
Students meet medical school admission deans at HPA's dessert with the deans event.

What we do for you:

  • Health Professions Advising [HPA] at Virginia Tech assists students and alumni pursuing a health care career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, or other graduate health professions.
  • Any Virginia Tech student, alumna, or alumnus, in any major, can use our services. Although the majority of health professions students major in a science field, it is not required.

How to get involved with HPA:

  • Join the HPA Hub [Canvas; opens in new tab]. This will take three to four minutes to complete, and then we will advise you on how you can interact with HPA.
  • Come to HPA 101 and/or HPA 202, offered frequently throughout fall and spring semesters.
  • Please follow us on the HPA Blog and Twitter, and like us on Facebook, so you'll see important announcements.
  • Speak with an advisor (next item).

How to speak with an advisor:

  • Drop-in hours: Tuesdays 11am-2pm, and Wednesdays 1-3:30pm, during fall and spring semesters.
  • For an appointment, call 540-231-7287 during business hours.

How to contact our office:

  • For questions or administrative assistance: email HPA@vt.edu or call (540) 231-7287.

Where to find us:

  • Health Professions Advising is located within Career and Professional Development in the Smith Career Center.

Who we are:

  • Ms. Carol Robinson  |  Director of Health Professions Advising
  • Dr. Jay Kyle  |  Assistant Director of Health Professions Advising
  • Ms. Melissa Obenhaus  |  Health Professions Advising Program Coordinator

For incoming students considering careers in the health professions:

  • On Day 2 of Summer First-Year Orientation, Health Professions Advising holds an interest session in Smith Career Center, Room 108, from 1:00-2:00 pm. Watch the New Student Programs website for more details about the schedule for Orientation.