Guidelines for the Application Process
A student should register with the Health Professions Office
immediately upon knowing his/her interest in a health profession career,
even as early as the first semester of freshman year. Once registered,
the student should meet with an advisor of Health Professions each
semester thereafter. Such frequent communication between advisor and
student allows for a more in-depth evaluation of the student's academic
The Evaluation Letter
The Committee Letter of Evaluation is written by your College Health Professions Advisor. The intent of the letter is to send a highly individualized letter of evaluation to the professional schools you wish to attend. The information in this letter is where applicable based on the following:
- Participation in Outside Classroom Activities - weekly 4+ hours sustained while filing professional application for one or more years – or time as noted
- Volunteer Hospital Experience (some time in ER preferred)
- Volunteer Hospital Ophthalmology Experience and shadow an Optometrist
- Volunteer Dental Hospital Experience
- Volunteer Private Dentist Specialist for 10-15 hours within year applying
- Volunteer Community Service – City Harvest, Red Cross, Education Alliance, NY Cares, NY Guild for the Blind, Public Library – or similar
- Volunteer Care for large Animals – farm, ranch, zoo
- Pharmacy – shadow pharmacist, chemistry research, work as pharmacy cashier
- Autobiography written for the HPAS Office
- Letter will include a written discussion on the following
- Time as Queens College student
- Academic Record
- Faculty Letters
- Health Professional Letters
- Community Service Letters
- Meeting notes and discussions with Advisor
For medical, veterinary medical, and dental school applicants, the mandatory final meeting before writing the Committee Letter must occur between January 20 and April 30, of the year in which you will apply.
For students applying to other professional schools, the mandatory final meeting before writing the Committee Letter must occur between January 20 and July 28, of the year in which you will apply.
Timely scheduling of your final meeting helps to ensure that your Committee Letter of Evaluation will be submitted within the institutions deadline date. The HPAS Office requires more than two weeks to write a Committee Letter once a student has submitted a paper copy of a complete application.
Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Forms
Letter Evaluation forms for your professors, research mentors and/or health professional mentors are available in the HPAS Office. Request letters from your professors as soon as possible after completing a course with them. The evaluator should return the form in a sealed envelope to Ms. Valli Cook, Director, HPAS Office, SB B338, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367.
You must print a completed copy of your application and bring it to the HPAS Office.