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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.

Current students and alumni:

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 December 3, 2021:

  1. AMCAS current updates:
    • MCAT: current testing plan for 2022 includes 30 exam dates with one exam session per day beginning at 8 a.m. local time. There are a few dates toward the end of the year (Aug. 26, Sept. 2, and Sept. 9) where we will offer two sessions per day (7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. start times).
    • January - March 2022 MCAT testing dates are open for registration
    • Feb. 8, 2022 – July-September dates open - clcik HERE for updates
  2. 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
  4. AADSAS 
  5. 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 2022, HPP advising will be conducted remotely, until at least February 1, 2022.

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

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Andrew Carnegie
November 15, 1900