Pre-Health Professions

Start here with our pre-medical/pre-dental guide for Rice students!

AP Credit List for Medical Schools (as of July 2022)

Do you have pre-health questions? Email!

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.

This year's session was held on Wednesday August 24, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. If you were unable to attend the session, the recording and corresponding activity are found below.

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

This year's session was held on Wednesday August 24, 2022 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. If you were unable to attend the session, the recording and corresponding activity are found below.

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.

Health Professions Newsletter

Current Rice students and recent Rice alumni may join our health professions newsletter mailing list. Anyone indicating an interest in pre-health upon entering Rice was automatically added to the newsletter. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email with your first name, last name, email, and expected graduation date. This newsletter communicates updates and events for students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.

Special Programs Info Sessions

Click here to view a presentation on the FlexMed Program from a recent Rice student!

Click here to view a presentation on the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) from a current Rice student! (Enter passcode: %92N5J#X)

Health Professions Scholarships

Dr. York Lancaster Merit Award- established for Rice students as a memorial to honor a 1938 Rice alum, Dr. York Lancaster. Awarded annually every summer to a qualifying freshman premed student who graduated from a Texas high school and has the highest cumulative GPA at Rice.

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

Additional Pages and Links

Pre-Health and Test Prep Resources

The OAA has curated a number of helpful resources for your pre-health journey, including a set of free test prep resources for the MCAT, DAT, PCAT, and GRE.

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.

Gap 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.

Health Professions Advising Committee (HPAC) Letter/Open File

Rice has a committee letter of recommendation process for pre-medical and pre-dental applicants. We call this process Open File.


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