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Health Professions Advising [HPA]

How HPA helps Virginia Tech students and alumni: Health Professions Advising [HPA] at Virginia Tech assists students and alumni exploring health care careers, and preparing to apply to professional schools for medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic, occupational therapy, nursing, physician assistant, veterinary medicine, and other health professions.

Who can use HPA: Any Virginia Tech student, alumna, or alumnus, in any major, can use our services. Although the majority of health professions students choose to major in a science field, it is not required. We encourage you to connect with us during your first year at Virginia Tech.

Advising and getting started

All advising, whether by appointment or drop-in, is a one-on-one meeting with an HPA professional advisor.

HPA advising by appointment

  • Appointments are typically 30 minutes long.
  • Offered year round, typically scheduled M-F during hours 8:30am to noon and 1:30-4:30pm ET.
  • Can be by Zoom, in person, or by phone.
  • During fall and spring semesters, we offer HPA 101 sessions; if your schedule permits, we encourage you to attend a session before your individual appointment.
  • To schedule your appointment, call 540-231-7287. If you call outside office hours, or otherwise reach voicemail, leave a message.

HPA drop-in advising on Zoom

May-August / Summer 2024 dates and hours:
  • Offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, on dates the university is open, starting Tu. May 7, through Thur. Aug. 22, 2024.
  • Tuesday hours: 12:30-1:30 pm ET. (NOT on Tuesday, June 18, 2024)
  • Thursday hours: 10:30-11:30 am ET.
Zoom link

To call in by phone for drop-in with an HPA advisor:

If you are in Virginia, call 301-715-8592.
When prompted, enter the meeting ID (933 7507 9338).

To join by phone from other locations, call:

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Enter the Meeting ID when prompted: 933 7507 9338

Is your area not listed above? Find your local number at:

Join the HPA Hub on Canvas

  • Please complete the brief enrollment form to be added to the HPA Hub on Canvas to be notified of events and opportunities of interest and to access informative materials.

HPA staff

  • Ms. Annie Laib Jenkins | Associate Director for Health Professions Advising
  • Dr. Susan Meacham | Career Advisor for Health Professions Advising
  • Ms. Jen Heinold | Assistant Director for Health Professions Advising
  • Ms. Patricia Hughes | Administrative Operations for Health Professions Advising
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Ms. Annie Laib Jenkins, Associate Director for Health Professions Advising
Dr. Susan Meacham, Health Professions Advising
Dr. Susan Meacham, Career Advisor for Health Professions Advising
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Ms. Jen Heinold, Assistant Director for Health Professions Advising
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Ms. Patricia Hughes, HPA Administrative Operations

Contact us

For questions or administrative assistance:

Office location

Health Professions Advising is a service within Career and Professional Development, located in the Smith Career Center on the Blacksburg campus.

HPA 101 and 202 | more HPA events

HPA 101 and 202 info sessions

  • We encourage you to attend one of these sessions prior to advising so that your individual advising session will be more productive.
  • These 60-minute info sessions are held during fall and spring semesters.
  • See details and schedule on HPA events.

More HPA events

  • HPA also offers opportunities to meet with health professionals, professional school reps, and sessions to prepare for interviews and write application materials.
  • See HPA events for details. 

Getting notices about HPA events

Exploring health careers

Careers in medicine class

  • 1-credit | A-F graded | fall semester only
  • Course: BIOL 1214; CRN 81700. (see the timetable of classes for more information) 
  • Offered each fall semester; Wednesdays, 5:30-6:20pm.
  • Format: In person.
  • Open to any interested Virginia Tech student.
  • A variety of health professionals and admissions officers speak to the class about careers, preparation, and admission processes.

Preparing and applying to professional schools

Undergraduate preparation

Applying, admission exams, letters of recommendation

Health Professions Evaluation Committee [HPEC]

Many health professional schools/programs expect, encourage, or accept, as part of the admission application process, a "committee letter of evaluation" (also known as a "committee letter") written by personnel in the applicant's undergraduate institution. The Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) at Virginia Tech are personnel who write these committee letters. The HPEC writes such letters only after a process which includes a formal interview with the student-applicant.

Guaranteed admission agreements


A guaranteed admission agreement means that a college, university, or professional school program guarantees admission to individuals who meet certain criteria, including admission and application requirements.

Health professional school program guaranteed admission agreements for Virginia Tech graduates: