Frequently Asked Health Questions
Last updated: 12 August 2014
PAC is a walk-in resource center. What exactly does that mean?
How can I make an appointment with a pre-health advisor?
Do I need to be a science major to enter a health field?
Does PAC have a library of materials available to students?
How do I look at the Health-related reference material in the office?
How can I find volunteer opportunities?
What GPA do I need to have to be a competitive applicant?
What factors do admissions committees consider in the application process?
1. PAC is a walk-in resource center. What exactly does that mean?
PAC is a walk-in resource center, meaning that no appointments are necessary! If a student is interested in getting advising, they can walk in anytime without having made an appointment in advance.
2. How can I make an appointment with a pre-health advisor?
Although appointments are not required to see an advisor, if you prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can visit our scheduling page at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/pac/advising/
3. Are certain majors recommended or required for students interested in the health professions?
Certain fields that have a Bachelors degree as the entry-level degree (e.g., nursing, dental hygiene, medical technology, etc.) usually require students to complete a specific undergraduate major before become a licensed professional. Most graduate level health professions (medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, etc.) do not recommend or require that students have a specific undergraduate degree. Students interested in these programs have the liberty to complete any major they choose, so long as they complete certain prerequisite courses prior to admission.
4. Does PAC have a library of materials available to students?
Yes, PAC does have a library of materials available for student use. Some materials are available for borrowing, but others are reference material that must remain in the office. Students are able to utilize reference material as long as they do so in the PAC office.
5. How do I look at the Health-related reference material in the office?
While you are not allowed to take reference materials out of the PAC office, you can always look at any of the reference materials while in the office. Our office offers a variety of different resources: Test prep books, directories on health careers, and professional school admission requirements among others. Just ask a PAC advisor to help you find the resource you are interested in, and turn in your ID while you are browsing through the references. Don’t worry, this is just a measure taken to prevent students from accidentally walking away with reference material and it will be returned to you once you are done browsing!
6. How can I find volunteer opportunities?
A list of health-related volunteer opportunities can be found on our website by looking under the tab “Health” and clicking on the “Resources” link, then clicking on the “Pre-Health Volunteer Opportunities List” link: (Pre-Health Volunteer Opportunities List).
7. What GPA do I need to have to be a competitive applicant?
While some professionals schools set minimum GPA requirements, these are generally well below what a competitive applicant would have. There is no GPA that will guarantee you admission to a specific professional program, and what is considered a “competitive” GPA varies by the health field you are interested in pursuing. For example, having a 3.5 science and cumulative GPA does not necessarily make you a competitive applicant for all health fields. GPA is not everything however, and schools also look at other factors like extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and volunteer work when considering your application.
8. What factors do admissions committees consider in the application process?
While the application process differs from field to field, admissions committees will often look at applicants’ undergraduate GPAs, entrance exam scores, letters of recommendation, essays, extracurricular activities (including community service and health-related experiences), and interview results.