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Welcome to the CMU Health Professions Program

The Health Professions Program (HPP) is an advising resource for all current CMU students and alumni interested in pursuing a career in a health profession. Such careers include medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and genetic counseling, to name a few. Students interested in careers in biomedical research are also welcome.  The program is designed to assist students with:

  • Exploration: What are some possible health careers? What are the pre-reqs?
  • Preparation: How do I become a competitive applicant to a health professions school?
  • Application: What does the application process entail? What is the CMU Committee Interview Process?
  • Mentoring: Connecting students to alumni and other professionals in the health professions.
ENROLL in the HPP by subscribing to the HPP Mailman email information list.

COVID-19 messaging to HPP students:  

How do mRNA COVID-19 vaccines work?
How does the Johnson & Johnson vaccine work?
AACOMAS COVID-19 Resources Page for applicants
TMDSAS COVID-19 Resources Page for applicants

As of March 23, 2021:

  1. AAMC Medical School interviews (MD & MD-PhD) - many schools incorporated the new AAMC VITA interview tool during the AY21 application cycle. Please click here for a quick summary of VITA.
  2. MCAT:
    • MCAT examinations return to full time length and 4 week evaluation.
  3. AMCAS current updates:
    • May 3 - AY2022 AMCAS opens
    • May 27 - AMCAS app submission begins
    • June 25 - AMCAS begins transmitting verified primary apps
  4. TMDSAS 
    • May 3 - TMDSAS opens
    • May 17 - submission begins
    • June 1 - TMDSAS begins application transmission to schools
    • Nov 1 - deadline to submit application
    • Dec 15 - Dental schools start offering acceptances
    • Early May - AACOMAS opens and goes live
  6. AADSAS 
    1. May 11 - AADSAS AY22 opens
    2. June 1 - AADSAS app submission begins
  7. Most if not all MD and DO med schools will accept P/F or P/NP grades from the Spring 2020 semester during the AY21 cycle. The HPP will continue to monitor these communications and will share additional updates as they become available regarding summer and fall 2020 classes.

For Spring 2021, ALL HPP advising will continue to be conducted remotely.

For the latest updates, please refer to the CMU Alert Emergency Notification System page on COVID-19

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"My heart is in the work."

Andrew Carnegie
November 15, 1900