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)

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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

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.

Freshmen Health Professions Advising Orientation recording

Freshmen Health Professions Advising Orientation activity

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.

Sophomore Health Professions Session recording

Sophomore Health Professions Session activity

Open File Workshops for Medical/Dental School Applicants

Rice has a committee letter of recommendation process for pre-medical and pre-dental applicants. We call this process Open File. You may find more information about the Open File process on our Open File website.

The OAA will be holding two Open File sessions in November for students seeking admission to medical or dental schools for entry in Fall 2024. Attendance at both sessions is expected of students interested in participating in Open File for the 2024 admissions cycle.

Assessing Your Candidacy- November 9, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Herring 100- Advisors will provide students with information to help them assess how ready they are for medical school and look for ways to create a stronger application.

Application 101- November 16, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Herring 100- Open File launch session with details on what is expected of Open File participants.

Please visit our Open File website for more information and to register for these events.

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

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.

Rice Alumni in Medicine Mentorship Program

The Rice Alumni in Medicine (RAM) Student-Alumni Mentorship Program is an initiative created by RAM in an effort to become more engaged with the undergraduate population. The purpose of the program is to connect current and recent Rice undergraduates with alumni working in the fields of medicine and healthcare. This is a direct mentorship program wherein one or two students will be matched with an alum. This program is open only to current students and alumni applying to professional schools in the Fall 2023 application cycle. Please download the application form below for more information. Completed applications, including a statement of interest and your curriculum vitae, should be submitted via email to no later than Thursday December 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. Late applications will not be accepted.

RAM Mentorship Program Application

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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