UNT Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) | College of Science

UNT Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

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

  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry

These particular professional schools prefer 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 one interview with our Assistant Dean, Senior Academic Counselor, or Academic Counselor, and one 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 Letter Packet. Once all letters of recommendation are received by our offfice, the Committee Letter 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 (current students or alums)/Post-bac Students

Graduate Students (anyone who did not complete undergraduate degree at UNT)

Minimum 3.3 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). Overall GPA can be found in myUNT and NOT in your degree audit, as all attempts at a course will be factored into your GPA, including originals and repeats.

If you were an undergraduate at UNT and are currently enrolled in/have completed a graduate program elsewhere, transcripts from that graduate program are required for GPA calculation purposes as your eligibility will be determined by both undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Minimum 3.3 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). Overall GPA can be found in myUNT and NOT in your degree audit, as all attempts at a course will be factored into your GPA, including originals and repeats.

GPA calculations will include your graduate and undergraduate coursework.

Minimum 3.3 math and science GPA (must be achieved by the end of fall 2022 and does not include wintermester 2022/23).

Minimum 3.3 math and science GPA (must be achieved by the end of fall 2022 and does not include wintermester 2022/23).

The 3.3 overall and 3.3 math and science GPA must be maintained through the end of the spring 2023 semester, and if not, participant will be dropped from HPAC at that time. The 3.3 overall and 3.3 math and science GPA must be maintained through the end of the spring 2023 semester, and if not, participant will be dropped from HPAC at that time.

Must complete 30 credit hours at UNT by the end of fall 2022 (does not include wintermester 2022/23). At least 15 of those 30 hours must be in the sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and math).

Must complete 12 graduate credit hours at UNT by the end of fall 2022 (does not include wintermester 2022/23).

Must complete a minimum of 50 clinical hours, within the student's field of pre-health interest (i.e. dental, medical, optometry, or podiatry), by January 6, 2023. No more than 25 hours can be virtual experience. To see if your clinical experience will meet this requirement, please e-mail healthcareers@unt.edu. Must complete a minimum of 50 clinical hours, within the student's field of pre-health interest (i.e. dental, medical, optometry, or podiatry) by January 6, 2023. No more than 25 hours can be virtual experience. To see if your clinical experience will meet this requirement, please e-mail healthcareers@unt.edu.

Post-baccalaureate students: must show proof of the 3.3 overall GPA and 3.3 math/science GPA (including if they meet the GPA exception rule); coursework from other universities will not be listed in our systems.

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

The deadline to participate in the cycle for entry year 2024 is January 6, 2023. For more information on how to apply for HPAC this upcoming cycle, please contact healthcareers@unt.edu.

To express interest in joning HPAC for the upcoming cycle, email healthcareers@unt.edu with the following information:

  • Name
  • 8-digit ID number (NOT your EUID)
  • Health Profession (medicine, dentistry, optometry, or podiatry)
  • Yes or No: Will you be enrolled in a graduate program in spring 2023?

View the Application & HPAC Seminar slides

2023-24 HPAC Policies & Procedures:

First-time HPAC participants

Secondaries (those who have gone through HPAC interviews in a previous cycle, but did not end up applying to health professional school)

Re-Applicants (those who have applied to health professional school before and are re-applying)


FAQs about HPAC

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

3 | "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. Email HealthCareers@unt.edu for further instructions.

4 | "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.

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

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

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