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Health Professions Advising

Health Professions Advising: Preprofessional Program

At Holy Cross, students can pursue their passion in any of the liberal arts while successfully preparing for a career in medicine, dentistry and other health fields. Through offering outstanding academic preparation as well as many volunteer, clinical and research opportunities, Holy Cross has attained an excellent record in preparing students for graduate training in healthcare, with a medical school acceptance rate of approximately twice the national average. Holy Cross boasts many distinguished alumni who lead the healthcare field.

The goal of Health Professions Advising is to assist students in planning a curriculum to prepare for successful application to medical school, dental school or many other health professional graduate schools.

We urge students to take advantage of the broad variety of cocurricular opportunities at Holy Cross while they receive scientific training within nationally recognized programs in our state-of-the-art science laboratories. Many of our students participate in undergraduate research, and most of those will have their work published. Our relationships with Worcester teaching hospitals and biotech companies as well as our wide network of alumni working in the field, allow us to offer access to outstanding research and learning opportunities.

In concert with our Jesuit mission, we emphasize the ethical and humanistic side of education, through coursework, service activities, internships and the collaborative environment that we endeavor to create within our community. We also encourage students to reflect carefully on these activities as they consider a vocation of caring for others. 

Program Highlights

The Health Professions Advising Office offers the following support to our students and alumni: 
  • Open access to health professions advising for all students. Health Professions Advising is not a major or formal program. The office provides advice and feedback for all students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.
  • Assistance for all students with developing a plan that allows students to successfully complete the requirements for health professional graduate schools while taking advantage of opportunities of a liberal arts college in a dynamic setting. Different health professional schools have different requirements; these can be explored in detail from the menu items on this page.
  • Access to a variety of internships, volunteer experiences, research opportunities, special events and shadowing programs offered through the College.
  • Comprehensive support and evaluation by the Health Professions Advising Committee and subsequent composite recommendation letter to accompany a candidate’s medical school application. Students are assigned an individual advisor from the committee to assist in the process of discerning a vocation and assembling the necessary materials for application.
Most medical and allied health professional school applicants nationally and at Holy Cross apply to their program after graduation from college. Holy Cross offers lifetime advising and application support for all of its students and alumni. We encourage all students and alumni to contact the Health Professions Advising Office for an appointment to speak to a health professions advisor. Applicants need to be aware of critical deadlines.

Health Professions Advising News

Carolyn Dunderdale '22 on Fenwick Porch

Blog: First-Year Student Explores Love of Art and History on Maymester to Rome

May 9, 2019

Name: Carolyn Dunderdale ’22 Hometown: Marshfield, Massachusetts Potential areas of study: Biology and the Health Professions Advising Program Maymester program: “Rome in History and Imagination” in Rome, Italy. Students in this program will explore ancient Roman history, art and archaeology to gain a …