What is the role of the Health Professions office?
Our Health Professions Program provides you with guidance and resources as you plan for your future matriculation to medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school.
How do I receive information about the health professions program?
If you would like to receive information about the hp programming, please let us know of your interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your name to our distribution list.
Do I need to go through your office to apply to a health professions school?
Although it is not required, we strongly recommend that you do so. By applying with the assistance of our office, you will receive application guidance and a committee letter of evaluation. Additionally, health professions schools expect to see this committee letter from our (Lafayette) students.
Do you write committee letters for all health professions schools?
We write committee letters for the following: medical (allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric), dental, optometry, and veterinary schools. For all other programs, you do not need a committee letter and may apply directly to the program. For a list of such programs, please meet with Melissa Schultz in the Gateway Career Center.
Does your office work with recent graduates/alumni?
Yes, we work with recent graduates. However, if you graduated from Lafayette more than 3 years ago, we suggest you contact us regarding the appropriateness of the committee letter of evaluation for your case.
I'm an international student. What should I know regarding my application to US health professions schools?
Non-US citizens who hold permanent residency in the US (i.e., green card holders) are commonly treated as equivalent to US citizens with respect to their application to health professions schools. However, non-US citizens (particularly non-permanent residents) have dramatically diminished applicant prospects. Some health professions schools do not allow applications from international students, while others do (those that do are mostly private schools); overall, the number of international students admitted yearly is quite small. In 2014, 1901 foreign applicants applied to M.D. -granting programs in the United States and 409 of those applicants were accepted. Therefore, in addition to looking into US and Canadian health professions schools, you should research the admissions requirements for health professions schools in your home country.
An additional issue that arises for non-US applicants involves financing their health professional education. Many US students finance their education, at least in part, through US government loans, which are not available to international students who are not permanent residents. Health professions schools may require international students to document their ability to pay for their education or place adequate funds in an escrow account prior to enrollment.
How many Lafayette students apply to health professions school per year?
Typically, 30-40 students apply to health professions programs (medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary schools) per year.
What is the acceptance rate of Lafayette students who applied to medical, dental and veterinary schools for the last 5 years?
First, keep in mind, Lafayette doesn’t get you into a health professional school! Therefore, you need to make sure that you are serious about becoming a health care professional.
That said, for the 2013-2016 matriculation years, the overall medical school acceptance rate for Lafayette applicants regardless of GPA is 80%.
For students with a grade point average of 3.6 or above, our medical school acceptance rate for Lafayette applicants is 84%. (Note: Medical school applicants include those applying to allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric medical schools.)
The acceptance rate for Lafayette dental applicants is around 73%, 64% for veterinary school applicants and 100% for optometry school applicants.
What are some of the medical and dental schools where Lafayette students have been accepted?
Just to name a few medical schools that our students (from 2013-2017) got accepted to are:
Boston University School of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PA, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Some of the dental schools to which our students (from 2015-2017) were accepted are:
Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BU), Colombia University College of Dental Medicine (CUL), Howard University College of Dentistry (HOW), University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (ILL), University of Michigan School of Dentistry (MICH), New York University College of Dentistry (NYU), University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (PENN), University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (PITT), The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University (TEMP), Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUF).
Does the ranking of a health professional school matter?
To some extent rankings always matter, but keep in mind that this is now a professional school and the most important point is the strength of the particular school in the specialty areas of most interest to you. Ultimately, how well you do academically in your professional school programs and on the licensing exams are the factors that carry the most weight when you apply for residencies.