Cal Poly State University offers excellent advising and resources for all university students and alumni who are interested in preparing for a career within a health professions field. The College of Science and Mathematics Advising Center is dedicated to mentoring students throughout their college career, helping them to prepare for post-baccalaureate studies in the health professions. Due to the competitive nature of these programs, it is strongly recommended that students plan to seek advice early in their college career to gain an understanding of the components needed to build a competitive applicant profile.
Pre-Health Career Advising
Pre-health career advising is designed to help students explore the health professions as a possible career and enhance a student’s competitiveness for admission into a graduate and/or post-baccalaureate program in the health professions. Students should meet with a Pre-Health peer advisor to learn about health career options, required coursework, gaining experience in health care, and other aspects of becoming a competitive candidate. Professional staff provide specific, detailed application advising for students in their application year including personal statement development, interview preparation and more, all targeted at developing the most competitive, well rounded applicants.
Pre-Health Professions Poly Learn Course
The advising center maintains an internal Pre-Health Professions Poly Learn course as a means to share important information about upcoming events, summer internships, research opportunities, visiting guest speakers and informational handouts. Currently enrolled students may request access by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Health Related Courses
Cal Poly offers health-related courses to assist students who are interested in exploring a health professions career. Please see course descriptions below.
SCM 101 Introduction to Health Profession Careers
BIO 253 Health Professions Shadowing
SCM 363 Public Health Fieldwork