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Pre-Health Professions Advising Program

 Years One and Two


  •  Register with the Pre-Health Professions Advisor by completing as much of the New Advisee Registration form as you are able and submitting it electronically to Martha Smith, Coordinator of Pre-Health Professions Advising. 

    Note:  You will have two advisors while at Messiah.  Your academic advisor will work with you in planning your courses to fulfill you major requirements, and your professions advisor (Martha Smith) will work with you in fulfilling your professional school requirements.

  • Course Registration - Most health professional schools require certain core classes which are listed below. Your course of study may be somewhat different, however, if you enter Messiah with AP credits or if you have taken classes for college-level credit elsewhere. These suggested courses are guidelines and you should discuss them with your academic advisor before registering for them.

  • Biology with lab (1 year)
    • BIO 160  - Biology I (Typically taken first semester of the first year)
    • And, at least one semester of an upper-level biology course that includes a lab
  • Chemistry with lab (2 years)
    • CHE 105  -  General Chemistry I  (Typically taken 1st  semester of the first year)
    • CHE 106  -  General Chemistry II (Typically taken 2nd  semester of the first year)
    • CHE 309  -  Organic Chemistry I (Typically taken 1st semester of the sophomore year)
    • CHE 310  - Organic Chemistry II (Typically taken 2nd  semester of the sophomore year)
  • Physics with lab (1 year) (Typically taken junior year)
    • PHY 201 and 202  - Introductory Physics (algebra-based),  or
    • PHY 211 and 212  - General Physics (calculus-based)
  • Mathematics (1 year) , including MAT 108 or higher (This may be satisfied by AP credits)
  • English (1 year) -  FYS  and CCC fulfill this requirement
  • Biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and/or statistics are highly recommended


  • Attend all Pre-Health Professions Advising Meetings.  It is your responsibility to  make sure that you receive emails from the PHPA office.

Current Applicants - Typically Junior or Senior Year

The committee letter of recommendation is an important part of your application to medical/allied health school (hereafter referred to as “medical school”).  At Messiah College this letter is written and electronically submitted by  the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising.  In order to have the best possible letter written on your behalf, you will need to make sure that your PHPA portfolio is up to date and that you have completed the following LOR requirements:


  • Your completed PIF should have been turned in by February 15th.


  • Your recommendation letters must be accompanied by the appropriate LOR request form (LINK), and are due in the PHPA office by April 15th.  Let me know if you plan to submit any additional LORs during your application summer.


  • You must schedule a committee LOR appointment prior to leaving campus to review your portfolio and discuss your motivation for medicine.  Committee interviews are generally scheduled the first couple of weeks of May.  A mock interview at Career Services should be either completed or scheduled prior to this LOR meeting.


  • Send/email me a copy of your most recent transcript that includes your final spring grades as soon as it becomes available.


  • Have an official copy of your admission test scores sent directly to me, and follow up by sending me a photocopy of your official score report as soon as you receive it.


  • Send me a copy of your unverified application as soon as you submit it, and a copy of your verified application as it becomes available. Failure to submit your AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, etc. by the end of July may result in a letter packet instead of a committee LOR being sent.


  • LORs will be written only after all of the required materials have been submitted.  You are responsible for getting them to me in a timely manner; I will not issue personal reminders.  I plan to write most of the LORs by June so that they can be reviewed by the Committee and produced by late summer.  This process is a long one, especially in light of vacation schedules and the need for multiple drafts and revisions for dozens of letters.  You must contact me if you will not be able to submit the required documents by June, but are still planning to request a committee LOR.  Failure to do so will likely result in a letter packet, rather than a committee letter with an attached letter packet, being sent.


  • Contact me as soon as you receive a request for a committee letter from a medical school. Copy Diane Hunsinger on your request.  (She is the PHPA Faculty Service administrative assistant who is responsible for the production of the LORs.)


Note: Failure to follow these procedures, or to do so in a timely manner, may result in a committee decision to not furnish you with a LOR.  In this case, a generic cover sheet will be sent with your recommendation letters, and this may serve as a red flag to the programs to which you apply.


Post Application Year - Typically the Senior or

Post Baccaulaurate Year



Notify Martha Smith about scheduled interviews.


If you are fortunate enough to be accepted at more than one medical school make your choice and let the other schools know as soon as possible so that they can offer that place to another applicant.


Try not to be discouraged if you don't receive an acceptance early in the year. While acceptance letters may arrive as early as mid-October, they may arrive as late as the week or two after the start of school to replace dropouts (usually from an Alternate List).


If you are not accepted into medical school, please see Martha Smith. The average age of an incoming medical student is 26. If you really want to be a doctor, careful planning in the next year or so should improve your chances considerably.