Health Professions Advising
EXPLORE HEALTH CAREERS
- Careers in Medicine class
- NIH: Explore health & medical science careers
- Health career info includes the specific professions listed below (and more).
- Allopathic (M.D.)
- Medicine overview
- Occupational therapy
- Osteopathic (D.O.)
- Physical therapy
- Physician assistant
- Veterinary medicine
In accordance with the Virginia Tech COVID-19 information for the university community, Career and Professional Development has made adjustments to our services and programming. HPA appointments and drop-in advising are now being conducted by phone or Zoom until further notice.
HPA drop-in dates and times
- HPA 10-Minute Drop-in Advising MONDAYS from 3:30 - 4:30 pm ( May 11 - August 17) (Monday, May 11th 2020, 3:30 pm EDT - Monday, August 17th 2020, 4:30 pm EDT)
- HPA 10-Minute Drop-in Advising TUESDAYS from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ( May 12 - August 18) (Tuesday, May 12th 2020, 1:00 pm EDT - Tuesday, August 18th 2020, 2:00 pm EDT)
- HPA 10-Minute Drop-in Advising WEDNESDAYS from 3:30 - 4:30 pm ( May 13 - August 19) (Wednesday, May 13th 2020, 3:30 pm EDT - Wednesday, August 19th 2020, 4:30 pm EDT)
- HPA 10-Minute Drop-in Advising THURSDAYS from 12 noon - 1:00 pm ( May 14 - August 20) (Thursday, May 14th 2020, 12:00 pm EDT - Thursday, August 20th 2020, 1:00 pm EDT)
For questions or administrative assistance:
Email HPA@vt.edu or
Health Professions Advising is located within Career and Professional Development in the Smith Career Center. At this time the SCC is not physically open to the public, and we receive contacts by phone and email.
Usually, these decisions are made on a school-by-school basis. Please consult with your professional programs of interest to inquire if modifications for online courses are being made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In general, for prerequisite and science courses, schools may request that those be taken with an A-F grade mode. With that said, some schools may be making adjustments to their usual policies based on the current COVID-19 situation. At this time, there is no clear consensus as to whether health professional programs will be willing to accept novel grade modes.
- Please take this information into consideration as you make your decisions regarding grading options for the spring 2020 semester for your prerequisite and science courses. If you would like to discuss your particular situation with an advisor, please feel free to attend drop-in advising by phone or Zoom with Health Professions Advising.
Although research, observation, and patient care experiences may be limited due to guidelines on social distancing, there are other ways for you to make progress toward your professional-school goals:
- Investigate professions programs. Now is a perfect time for you to get familiarized with specific professional programs of interest.
- Focus on your community. Do your friends or neighbors need help with childcare? Do you have an elderly community member who would appreciate regular phone calls to check in? Are you technology-savvy and able to volunteer your time remotely? Think of ways to serve your community within the current environment.
- Reflect and journal. Reflect on the experiences that you have already had. What have you accomplished and what impacts have you made? What qualities did you demonstrate? What did you learn from your experiences? Write this down to save for later when you will be writing personal statements and descriptors.
- Read and expand your understanding of others. Take this time to read some books surrounding your professional interest area. You may also consider reading to expand your cultural awareness. Perhaps you could even create a book club to discuss what you read with peers.
- Learn for free. There are several opportunities to take free online courses. For example: