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Health Professions Advisory Committee

HPAC is available to students who are interested in one of the following areas:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry

These particular schools request a Committee Letter of Recommendation from your 4-year university, and the HPAC produces such a letter.

HPAC is offered each spring semester for those getting ready to apply to their schools starting in the summer. Students will have 1 interview with our Assistant Dean or Senior Academic Counselor, and 1 interview with a faculty member on the committee. At the end of the semester, the committee will then meet to discuss each applicant; the feedback received in the interviews and committee meeting will be used to write the Committee Letter of Recommendation.

As an HPAC applicant, the Office of Health Professions will also submit all of your letters of recommendation on your behalf. These letters are included with the Committee Letter, also known as the Committee Packet. Once all letters of recommendation are received by our offfice, the Committee Packet will then be uploaded to your preferred application services.


How to Participate in HPAC

To participate in HPAC, you must apply for admission and meet the following qualifications:

Undergraduate/Post-bac Students

Graduate Students

Minimum 3.2 Overall GPA (exception: if the last 30 hours of math and science coursework is at a 3.5. All hours from the semester in which the student reaches the 30 hour threshold will be included.)

Minimum 3.2 Overall GPA (exception: if the last 30 hours of math and science coursework is at a 3.5. All hours from the semester in which the student reaches the 30 hour threshold will be included.)

Minimum 3.2 math and science GPA (must be achieved by the end of fall 2020 and does not include wintermester 2021)

Minimum 3.2 math and science GPA (must be achieved by the end of fall 2020 and does not include wintermester 2021)

Must complete 15 credit hours at UNT by the end of fall 2020 (does not include wintermester 2021)

Must complete 12 graduate credit hours at UNT by the end of fall 2020 (does not include wintermester 2021)

Post-baccalaureate students: must show proof of the 3.2 overall GPA and 3.2 math/science GPA; coursework from other universities will not be listed in our systems

Must have completed all pre-requisite coursework for your chosen health profession

Attention: for the following cycle (health professional school entry year 2023), in order to participate in HPAC, the minimum number of required credit hours at UNT will increase from 15 to 30; at least 15 of the required 30 must be sciences

The deadline to participate in the cycle for entry year 2022 is February 15, 2021. For more information on how to apply for HPAC this upcoming cycle, please contact healthcareers@unt.edu.


FAQs about HPAC

1 | "Is HPAC required for admission to professional schools? How important is the committe letter?"

If a professional school requires or strongly prefers a committee letter of recommendation, and your undergraduate institution offers an HPAC service, it is very important and will greatly support your application. The committee letter provides a thorough and objective evaluation of your candidacy for admission to professional programs.

2 | "Which health professional schools require the committee letter of recommendation?"

The only professional schools that require or strongly prefer a committee letter of recommendation are medical, dental, optometry, and podiatry schools. Other professional schools do not require the committee letter, and some will not even accept a commitee letter.

3 | "I missed the HPAC application deadline and/or do not meet the minimum qualifications to participate. What do I do?"

In the event you miss the deadline or do not meet the minimum qualifications to participate in HPAC, our office can provide you an individual letter. This letter is structured similarly to the committee letter, however, its content is not based on a committee evaluation, which is preferred by the professional schools. In addition to providing you an individual letter, we can also collect all other letters of recommendation on your behalf, create a letter packet, and then upload such packet to your professional school application. For more information on receiving an individual letter, please e-mail HealthCareers@unt.edu.

4 | "Can I still participate in HPAC after I have graduated and/or decide to take a gap year?"

Yes! As long as you meet the minimum requirements listed above, you can participate in HPAC.

5 | "I participated in HPAC during a previous cycle. How do I get an updated committee letter of recommendation?"

This flow chart will explain the steps you need to take in order to receive an updated committee letter.

6 | "Is there a fee associated with HPAC?"

No, there is no fee required to participate in HPAC.

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