Health Professions Advising at WWU


Undergraduate grades are critically reviewed in the application process, but they are only one component of holistic admissions. Students planning a career in one of the health professions must strive for good grades, but there is no particular grade cutoff that will guarantee your acceptance into professional school (although an overall grade point of 3.5 and a strong score on the admissions exam will likely result in an interview). You will be evaluated on both your cumulative grade point average and your "science" (biology, physics, chemistry) grade point average. While grades should not affect your choice of classes, you should be realistic in how you manage your course loads. The Health Professions Advising office can help you create a balanced course schedule.

Also, majoring in a field you enjoy can positively influence your grades. Why struggle academically in an area that you don't like or where you can't do well?

Pursue your personal academic interests at the undergraduate level, because there will not be time to do so while in professional school. Try to get the most out of your undergraduate experience!

Avoid establishing negative flags on your academic record (e.g. patterns of course withdrawals and repeats). Occasionally, there may be a legitimate reason for not staying with a particular class. Don't wrestle alone with your decision about what to do. Seek advice from your instructor, departmental advisors, the health professions advisors, or the Academic Advising Center when making critical choices and decisions. Advisors cannot predict what will be the right thing to do in the eyes of the professional school admissions committee, but they can help you identify and evaluate your options.