Pre-Health Professions


The Office of Academic Advising provides resources and individual advising for Rice students and alumni who are considering careers in health-related occupations. While most students are familiar with medicine and dentistry, there are many other paths that lead to careers in health care settings, such as pharmacy, optometry, public health, podiatry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, along with veterinary medicine for individuals who have a desire to work with animals. The OAA aims to expose all interested students to the variety of career opportunities available in the health professions arena, assist students in identification of and participation in appropriate developmental activities in preparation for postgraduate programs, and guide students during the application process.

Health Professions Advising Annual Events


Freshman Health Professions Advising Orientation: Early in the fall semester, the OAA provides an introduction to the health professions and ways to begin preparing early for potential health profession tracks. This presentation is particularly helpful for new, first-year students.

Please click here to view the recording of this session.

Monday, August 31, 2020 - to be held virtually at 7:00 pm

Sophomore Health Professions Session: Also in the fall semester, the OAA provides information for sophomores who are progressing towards the health professions application process.

Please click here to view the recording of this session.

Monday, August 31, 2020 - to be held virtually at 7:00 pm
Open File Information Sessions for Applicants: In early November, the OAA provides detailed information to students who plan to apply to graduate schools of health professions in the upcoming cycle. We provide information on the Open File process, details regarding the Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC), the application services and timelines, available resources, and much more. We strongly recommend that juniors and seniors planning to apply to medical or dental school attend one of these presentations. Click here to see the Open File site which contains 2020 dates.
Health Professions Fair: Each spring semester, the OAA hosts a number of medical, and other health professional schools from across the country. This is a wonderful opportunity for interested students to speak with admission counselors from a variety of institutions and health professions program types. To begin preparing for the fair, review Tips for Making the Most of the Health Professions Fair. TBD

Health Professions Newsletter

Current Rice students and recent Rice alumni may join our health professions newsletter mailing list. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email with your First Name, Last Name, Email, and Graduation Date. This newsletter communicates updates and events for students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.

Click here to access our pre-medical/pre-dental guide for Rice students!

Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)

JAMP, the Joint Admission Medical Program, is a Texas specific program created to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical education within the Texas Medical School system. Interested applicants should read our information for prospective students.

Health Professions Resources

AP Credit List for Medical Schools (as of July 2020)

Test Prep Resources

85+ Free MCAT Resources

JoVE MCAT Prep Resource for Rice Students

Health Professions Scholarships

Several Navy Medical Programs scholarships are available for students interested in the armed forces.

Growth Years

A growing number of Rice students (and pre-professional students across the nation) take time off between their Bachelor's degree and professional degree for a gap year or growth year. Click to learn more.

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