Congratulations! You are considering a challenging and rewarding profession and we wish you every success! To prepare for these very competitive career fields, you must begin early and build a record of academic and professional accomplishments. Start here by looking through the pages for your intended career. Check back as you plan and make progress toward your goal because requirements do change.
The Pre-Health Professions Committee (HPPC)
The Pre-Health Professions Committee consists of faculty who are knowledgeable about health professions and about professional school admission. These faculty members will answer your questions and will work with you to establish a plan that is personal to your situation. All members are full-time faculty in the Departments of Chemistry, Biology, or Sport Science and Physical Education at Huntingdon. These faculty advisers provide help in the following areas:
- curriculum advising;
- academic assistance in special areas;
- the professional school application process; and
- letters of evaluation (required for applicants to many professional schools).
All students should seek the advice of one (or more) of the members of the committee. In some cases, the committee member is your academic adviser. The committee works as a group. Students may seek the advice of multiple members at once or individually.
The HPPC committee members are:
- Mike Bamman, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport science and physical education
- Jaime Demick, assistant professor of physics
- Paul Gier, Ph.D., professor of biology
- Doba Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry
- Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, Ph.D., professor of chemistry
The Pre-Health Committee may assist you with planning a pre-professional curriculum and/or with completing an academic major. Most health professions schools do not require a specific major for admission eligibility, however, some majors can have specific advantages. We have listed some curriculum advice and recommended majors for specific health professions on each webpage.
In addition to curriculum advice, our Pre-Health Professions Committee members can assist with the required course work for professional school preparation and standardized test preparation. All students, staff and alumni of Huntingdon College can receive free online testing for the MCAT, DAT and PCAT through our S.M.A.R.T. program. For more information on this program, see Dr. Maureen Murphy (phone- 334-833-4462; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professional School Application Process
At Huntingdon College, our Pre-Health Professions Committee members will help you with each aspect of the application process. This includes informing students the specific timelines for completion of application materials, a preliminary evaluation of your personal statement, guidance in drafting a work history, relevant activities, and preparing for professional interviews.
Letters of Evaluation
Students seeking entrance into medical or dental schools within the state of Alabama will need to have letters of evaluation submitted with the application. Students seeking letters of evaluation may submit a request with your HPPC adviser or with the committee as a whole. Reference letter requests require at least two weeks’ notice.
See these pages for specific information about your intended profession: