Health Professions Advising

Health Professions Advising

Green Hall 4th Floor
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-2904

Welcome to Career Education’s Health Professions Advising page. Through the resources on this page, we will help you to explore clinical care across a variety of patient-facing roles, including: nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, medicine, physical therapy, speech language pathology, physician assistant, podiatry, pharmacy, and more. We encourage you to use this page to learn more whether you are exploring, preparing, or applying within the health professions. When you’re ready, meet with our advisors to get support and resources as you continue on your career path. Become a member of our Health Professions Community to receive emails and notifications — simply update your Career Interests in Handshake to subscribe.

We look forward to working with you!

Applying in 2021 for 2022 Matriculation?

Make sure to note our Deadlines and Requirements for a Committee Letterreview the application timeline and to watch the Application Kickoff Video! We look forward to working with you in the application process.


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Green Hall 4th Floor
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-2904

Office hours 

Appointments with Cindy can be scheduled in Handshake for Mon–Fri.

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Every day I'm made aware of what a privilege it is to have a role in the care of a patient, and that as part of the next generation of physicians, I am expected to continue to improve patient care.
Faith Arimoro ’17
Medical Student, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Whenever I felt overwhelmed as a premedical student at Wellesley, I would remind myself of what I was working towards: the privilege of caring for and supporting patients through one of the most challenging experiences of their life.
Tanvee Varma ’18
Yale Medical School
At Wellesley, I explored my passions, both in the sciences and humanities; I never had to choose.
Amina Ziad ’17
Harvard Medical School ’23
Register others’ opinions and advice thoughtfully, but also stay true to yourself and frequently recall your personal motivations for wanting to pursue a given career: this will shine through during the application process.
Liana Goehring ’15
My advice to those applying to med school would be don’t limit yourself. Whether that be regionally or selectivity or what by whatever guidelines you have set for yourself. I had no idea I would be in Iowa for med school a year ago (I got in off the waitlist in May) and here I am.
Camilla Koczara ’19
Medical School Student at University of Iowa
The first few days I felt imposter syndrome beginning to creep back in. I was worried that maybe I wasn't cut out for WashU. Wellesley was academically challenging for me and I thought if I struggled in undergrad, what would happen in medical school? But I realized that overcoming those challenges is exactly what prepared me for medical school. And having the honor of receiving my white coat made all the hard work worth it.
Janessa Sullivan ’18
Washington University Medical Student
Living in an exciting new city, being surrounded by peers with the same passion, and having myriad new opportunities introduced to me constantly has been beyond wonderful — but most importantly, I feel truly prepared after Wellesley for everything to come in the busy but rewarding next 4 years.
Victoria Liu ’19
University of Pennsylvania Dental School


Step 1: Explore

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Begin to explore what it means to work in health professions, learn about Wellesley student & alumnae pre-health organizations, networking resources, and more.

Step 2: Prepare

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This resource covers academic considerations as you prepare to apply for health professions schools, including choosing your courses, studying abroad, and what to do if your grades aren't strong.


Experiential Learning

This resource is an overview of ways to gain clinical experience, service experience, and research experience. It also discusses ways to discover summer opportunities.


Entrance Exams

Preparing for and taking your MCAT, DAT or GRE will be an important part of your application process. Successful students can expect to spend 300-400 hours over a period of 3-4 months preparing. This resource will help you to understand how to approach the exams.



Are you ready to apply to health profession schools? This resource contains the self-assessment planning document, GPA and MCAT data, and information about gaining competencies valued in the admission process.


Waiting to Apply

Trying to balance academics, clinical experiences, community service, research, other extracurricular activities, hobbies, and relationships? Not feeling ready to prepare for your standardized tests or to tackle the application process? Not absolutely sure of your career path? Learn more about taking a gap year (or more) before applying to health profession schools.

Distinct Populations

Distinct Populations

A crucial topic in healthcare today is how to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of medical care for ethnic, racial, social, and economic minorities. There is an urgent need to increase both the diversity and cultural competence of our health care workforce. Learn about resources for underrepresented students and alumnae across distinct populations.

Step 3: Apply

Financial Planning

Financial Planning

Application and medical/dental education will be expensive. This resource will help you to understand for the associated costs and direct you to resources.


Preparing Your Application

Learn about application components including: the Wellesley College Applicant Portfolio, writing your personal statement, choosing your schools and joint degrees. 


The Medical Professions Advisory Committee (MPAC) & Letter Process

This resource will introduce you to the MPAC committee and walk you through the process and deadlines for your letters of recommendation.


Application Components & Process

This resource covers information you will need as you write and compile various elements of your application. It also covers completing secondary applications & sending application updates.



Participating in interviews is a critical part of the application process. This resource offers information about interview formats, the question types you might anticipate, and ways to prepare.


Next Steps

Health profession schools have varying timelines for notifying applicants about acceptances. Learn about managing applications, as well as what to do if you are not accepted.

Calendar & Deadlines



  • Second General Applicant Information Meeting
  • Contact individual letter writers to ask for letters of recommendation. Talk to letter writers in person if possible to discuss your plans and goal.
  • After the letter writer has agreed, send them the Information for Letter Writers letter. Make sure letter writers are aware that the deadline is May 26.

End of February/Beginning of March
  • Recieve your MPAC Advisor Assignment. Share your Applicant Portfolio with your MPAC advisor. 
  • Email your MPAC Advisor within one week of receiving your assignment to set up your first meeting.
  • Sign up for your MPAC interview when dates are released.

March - May
  • First meeting with your MPAC Advisor.
  • Have your MPAC Committee Letter Interview with your MPAC advisor. Your advisor will review your portfolio before your interview.
  • Check your schools to see if any require the CASPer exam. Register if they do.
  • Take your entrance exam if you haven't already.
  • Follow up with your letter writers to make sure they are aware of the deadline.

  • Applications open to be filled out.
  • Send official transcripts to application services for all schools where you have completed coursework (seniors and graduate students who are in classes may need to wait to send in transcripts until semester's grades and degree are posted)
  • Finalize school list.
  • Submit application (Osteopathic Medical School, sometimes MD as well).

May 26
  • Letters of recommendation from faculty and non-faculty are due to Health Professions Advising. Letter writers submit according to directions in Information for Letter Writers.
  • Recommendation Release Form due to Health Professions Advising.

  • Submit your application! Upload to your portfolio so your advisor can use in writing your letter.
  • Send in any remaining official transcripts.
  • Begin prewriting secondaries using previous year's prompts.
  • Secondaries come from schools. Check junk/spam folder for prompts.
  • Complete secondary applications in one - two weeks of receiving requests.
  • MPAC Committee Letters sent in by the middle of July.
  • First interview invitations extended. Check email for invitations, make sure to check junk/spam.

  • Interview invitations arrive. Schedule promptly.
  • Interviews begin.
  • Schedule a mock MMI/Mock interview with Health Professions Advising if you haven't done one already.
  • Practice self-care while waiting. For some applicants, the waiting can be the most stressful part!

  • Interviews begin in earnest
  • Practice self-care while waiting.
  • First DO acceptances. 

  • First MD acceptances October 15. 
  • First Dental acceptances December 1.
  • Ongoing interviews.

  • By the end of January most schools have filled all their interview seats.
  • Applicants will cancel interviews, so occasional invitations will be extended.
  • Wait list applicants send a Letter of Intent to top choice school. For more than one waitlist, send a letter of interest to other programs.
  • Applicants with no interviews, consider options.
  • Speak with Health Professions Advising Director by January 15 if considering applying in the next application cycle

February – April
  • Interviews wind down.
  • Non-rolling admissions schools send acceptances.
  • Financial awards begin going out.
  • Second Look Days begin for applicants with multiple acceptances.
  • Anyone wait listed at a top choice school can send a final update.

April - May
  • Applicants with multiple acceptances carefully follow traffic rules on withdrawing from programs.
  • May 1-5 Schools start going to their waitlists.

May - July
  • Most waitlist movement occurs
  • Make your final decision
  • Plan your finances
  • Plan your move
  • Get ready for orientation!

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Wellesley Career Education is pleased to announce a partnership with Princeton Review that will enable Wellesley students and alumnae to purchase test review products at a discount!

Financial Planning (Applying to Health Profession Schools)

Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Application and medical/dental education will be expensive. This resource will help you understand the associated costs and direct you to resources.

“Whenever I felt overwhelmed as a premedical student at Wellesley, I would remind myself of what I was working towards: the privilege of caring for and supporting patients through one of the most challenging experiences of their life.”