There are several important benefits associated with the HSHP Preprofessional Program:
- Advising and Guidance: Hands-on advising and guidance is a hallmark of the Program. You will have access to the Coordinator and advising guidance as much as needed. You can expect to meet at least once a semester with the Coordinator or your designated advisor to review course selection, your academic progress, and any decisions about a degree track. Our advising strategy is to map out a selection of courses so that you are not overloaded but still capture as many prerequisites needed for a future career or graduate school work. You may request advising meetings as frequently as you would like, and we will connect you with other resources around Ithaca College that you may need. For example, students interested in a pre-medical curriculum are referred to the interdisciplinary Health Professions Advisory Committee which provides additional assistance with course selection and also writes medical school letters of recommendations for students.
- Early Registration: As an HSHP Preprofessional Program enrollee you will enjoy early registration opportunities for courses, before other students.
- Health Sciences Foundations and Careers Course: This first semester, freshman year course is tailored to the HSHP Preprofessional students. It explores a range of resources at Ithaca College, including Career Services, Office of Academic Advising, and the Library, to help set you up for success. It also features guest speakers which include Ithaca College faculty and practicing professionals within the Ithaca community on various health-related careers.