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The Office of Health Professions Advising

... works with Duke students and alumni who aspire to careers in the health professions. 

If you find yourself drawn to the health professions, take time to explore your options. You will need to take a series of courses. To help you plan, you should meet regularly with your prehealth advisor and use your AdviseStream account to track your coursework and activities. While much of the advice on this website is geared toward medical, dental, and veterinary schools, don’t forget that there are many other opportunities in the health professions (e.g., physicians’ assistant, nursing, physical therapy, public health, optometry, occupational therapy) which you may find better suited to your professional and personal goals.


NEW STUDENT at Duke?  

  •      Check out the "Prepare" section.

  •      Sign up for a Prehealth Email List. 

  •      Sign up for AdviseStream here.


Duke prehealth students have many different majors from biology or chemistry to English or history.  Some study abroad in Costa Rica, Africa, China, and Spain.  Others spend time at the Duke Marine Laboratory and study in the Duke in New York and Duke in LA programs.  Some are athletes.  Some become EMTs.  Many volunteer or work in research labs and enroll in research independent studies, sometimes doing a senior honors thesis.  Duke students tutor in local elementary schools, work in summer camps, volunteer in Duke Medical Center, participate in local, national and international service (often through Duke Engage), and contribute to university life.  They fill their summers with explorations out of the classroom.  Some students enter with no health care experience and few science courses.  Others come to Duke already committed.  There is a place for everyone at Duke, with opportunities at all levels.


1. Log on AdviseStream with your NetID.  If your NetID has expired, please contact our staff assistant, Ms. Dana Horne (dana.horne@duke.edu) to reactivate.

2. From the main dashboard, click Complete Intent to Apply under the "apply" widget.

3. In the pop-up window, select the degrees for which you intend to apply and click Next.

4. Select your planned matriculation year from the drop-down menu and click Save.  You should be selecting 2017.  If you are planning to apply for 2018, please do not continue with this process.

5. Your intent to apply will now display at the top of the "apply" widget.  click on your intent to apply at any time to edit it..

6. Navigate to the Committee Letter Planner to request a Committee Letter.

7. Before requesting a Committee Letter, sign your FERPA waiver, make sure that your Profile and Academics & Engagements Planner are up-to-date and complete, answer the Pre-Application Essays, and upload your resume. 

8.  When you have completed all the above steps, click the green Request button to request your Committee Letter.


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