Roanoke College

Health Professions Advisory Group


Dr. Paris Butler '00 performs surgery at the The University of Virginia hospital. Watch video about Dr. Butler's experience at Roanoke.

The Health Professions Advisory Group (HPAG) guides students in applying to medical schools and other health professional schools. HPAG sponsors a sound, innovative and exciting program for students who wish to pursue a career in the health professions.

The group provides advice on course selection, assists with finding and placing students in clinical internships, hosts informational recruiting visits, conducts practice interviews, writes letters of recommendation, and works with the student group Students Interested in Health Careers. Its resources are available to all students interested in pursuing a health profession, regardless of major.

HPAG seeks to create and maintain an integrative learning experience for pre-health professions students that provides learning experiences across the four years of undergraduate education, draws on the contributions of a variety of disciplines, and offers opportunities for learning both on and off-campus. Programs and activities sponsored by the group are designed to enhance students' broad liberal arts education and their academic major in a traditional liberal arts discipline.

Often called "pre-med," this program is designed for students interested in careers in medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health and other health professions. Rigorous preparation in the sciences combined with a liberal arts background and access to research and clinical experiences give Roanoke College graduates an edge in gaining admission to top-quality health professional schools. We are honored to have among our graduates a recent Medical College of Virginia valedictorian and two recent inductees into the national medical school honor society at the University of Virginia.

  • Programs recent graduates have been admitted to include Johns Hopkins, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and others.
  • Faculty pride themselves on offering research opportunities to students that are often graduate-level in nature.
  • The Hylton Lecture Series brings speakers to campus whose expertise is relevant to students interested in health careers.
  • Facilities include a 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, scanning electron microscope, anatomy cadaver lab and more.

The goal of this program is to assist Roanoke College in offering a sound undergraduate curricular program for students interested in a health professions career (including in medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, podiatry, optometry, dentistry, nursing, advance practice nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, medical technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, diagnostic imaging and public health). The Health Profession Advising Group was set up to further this goal.