The Office of Preprofessional Advising works closely with students who are interested in careers in the health professions. We hope that the information in this site will help Columbia students and alumni prepare to make a successful application to a program in the health professions. Since a large majority of Columbia students who are interested in health professions apply to allopathic medical school, much of the information on these pages is dedicated to this area. However, much of the information is pertinent to other health professions programs, as well.
Columbia offers an excellent academic preparation for a career in the health professions. Students receive assistance in selecting an appropriate path through the curriculum depending on their areas of interest. The Office of Preprofessional Advising, along with the Berick Center for Student Advising is available to help undergraduates and alumni investigate their options in health care, and guides and supports candidates through the application process to graduate professional programs.
The Premedical Handbook contains extensive information for premed students on planning their course of study.
Working With Your Advisers
First-years and sophomores who intend to apply to health professional school should work with their academic advisers in the CSA to set forth a course of premedical studies. The academic advisers in the CSA work closely with the Office of Preprofessional Advising to guide students through their prehealth years.
Students should contact their faculty adviser or department with concerns regarding their major or concentration requirements.
When students declare their intention to apply to a health professional school they will register with the Office of Preprofessional Advising. Students are not assigned a specific premedical adviser until they have submitted their Premedical Advisory Committee Application. The assigned premedical adviser will work closely with the student throughout the application period and write their Premedical Advisory Committee Letter of Evaluation. For more information on this process, the Premedical Handbook offers a comprehensive discussion of curricula, activities, and application procedures for the health professions.