Welcome to Health Professions Advising

For a more comprehensive overview, please see the "Health Advising Overview" pdf in the aside. 

What We Do   

The Office of Health Professions Advising (HPA) helps students find their passions, explore and understand their interests in health professions, and navigate their four years at Bowdoin and beyond as they begin their journey to a health professions program. There are many paths a student can take to a health profession program, and Bowdoin works with every student to ensure that they find the unique path that is best suited for them. The director of health professions advising works alongside students during every step of their journey to a health professions program—from assisting students in shaping their academic years at Bowdoin, to developing extracurricular and professional attributes that allow students to be competent applicants, to navigating the health professions application process. Students may seek advice at any time regarding the preparation and academic planning for the health sciences from the director or faculty members in the sciences. 

Extracurricular Opportunities

There are a variety of health-related programming on campus, including  panel presentations and discussions with health care providers, medical students, and professional school admissions representatives. The College also has volunteer programs with two hospitals in Brunswick, and a network of local health professionals makes it possible for undergraduates to participate in "informational interviewing" and "job shadowing."  

Application and Admission to Health Professions Programs

The Office of Health Professions Advising will assist any student or graduate of the College seeking admission to a health professions program. In keeping with the national trend, in recent years many Bowdoin pre-meds have elected to gain additional experience between college and medical school. Over the past five years, the majority of applicants have chosen to matriculate in medical school 2 or more years after graduation

In 2015, the acceptance rate was 91% for students who applied through Bowdoin to enter medical school, and the average annual acceptance rate over the past fifteen years is 87%. Nearly every candidate who has applied to enter programs in dental medicine, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine during the past three years has been accepted. In regards to our favorable numbers, keep in mind that we encourage individuals to apply to programs in health care fields when, and not before, they are in a position to be realistic candidates. 


Bowdoin is an active member of the Northeast Consortium on Medical Education (NECOME), a group that includes nine medical schools and nine undergraduate institutions. The College is also affiliated with professional organizations such as the National and Northeast Associations of Advisors in the Health Professions (NAAHP and NEAAPH).