Undergraduate Program

Health Professions Advising Unit

Health Professions Advising Unit

Welcome to the Health Professions Advising Unit (HPAU) of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) website. This site has been constructed to guide you and inform you about our services. HPAU of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) was established in the Fall of 2017 to advise students enrolled in any major about post-baccalaureate careers in the health professions (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Veterinary medicine, and Physician Assistant). HPAU’s goal is to prepare students to become competitive applicants for health professional schools and programs.


Jump Start Your Healthcare Career Today

The Health Professions Advising Unit is located in suite 3049 on the third floor of the Thomas Cole Research Center for Science and Technology.

Preparation for success in medical and health professional schools begins early and continues throughout matriculation at CAU. Our mission is to provide academic and professional support for students and to increase the number of African American students and under-served population groups going to medical and health professional schools.

The preparation for professional school may include internships, academic exploration, and extracurricular activities aimed at developing personal attributes valued in the health professions.  We offer one-on-one advising, group sessions, and informational workshops and events. 

  • Pre-Health Advisors
  • Advising and Appointments
  • Pre-Health Events
  • Health Careers
  • HPAU Organizations
  • Visit Us
Health Careers

Why Choose CAU

At Clark Atlanta University, we offer an exceptional educational journey that sets us apart. Choosing CAU means embracing a legacy of academic excellence, cultural diversity, and community engagement. Our supportive and inclusive campus nurtures your personal and professional growth, providing a platform for you to thrive.

Within the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration, you’ll find a dynamic and innovative environment. We blend rigorous academics with real-world experiences, preparing you to excel in today’s competitive business landscape. With a focus on ethical leadership, social responsibility, and global perspectives, our programs empower you to make a meaningful impact in the world of business. Join us at CAU and embark on a transformative journey that will shape your future success.

Pre-Health Events

The Health Professions Advising Unit offers several ongoing pre-health programs geared towards specific health professions groups (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary, etc.).  Events are open to all Clark Atlanta University students, Atlanta University Center students, and alumni.  Whether you are getting ready to apply to health profession programs this spring or just starting out as a pre-health student, there is a HPAU program for you! 

For more information about our events, check the HPAU calendar or follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram).  You can also email for additional information. 

Health Careers

There are a wide variety of career options in health care. If you are pursuing a career in health care, it is your job to explore the careers that best align with your strengths, goals, and interests.  The following list names just a few health professional pathways to help you begin your research.

HPAU is here to help guide you through your process, and we will help you prepare to enter the health professional pathway of your choice. HPAU assists students in pursuing the health professional pathways including but not limited to the list below. To find out more about the diverse careers within the health professions, go to

  • Medicine (MD/DO/DPM)
  • Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)
  • Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
  • Dentistry D.M.D./D.D.S
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Veterinary Medicine D.V.M.
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Public Health

Advising & Appointments

Thank you for reaching out the Health Professions Advising Unit for your Pre-Health Advising needs.  Our office advises current students of Clark Atlanta University (undergrads in any major, graduate students and post-baccalaureate students); alumni; community college student looking to transfer to CAU; and high school students interested in attending CAU. Appointments are generally 30 minutes and all appointments should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.

Types of Appointments

Career Choice and/or Major: Please select this option if you wish to speak with our adviser about learning more about the various Health Professions Careers that we advise. If you are looking to change your major or need help selecting a major, please select this option.

General Advising: Please select this option if you have general questions about the profession you are interested in, course requirements and academic progression, assistance with the application process, or if you have any other health profession-related questions (which organizations to join, what clinical and research experience, interview preparation, etc.)

Application Advising: HPAU advisors use holistic approaches while providing support and feedback during the application preparation process. We help students tailor their unique experiences into useable information that will be documented throughout the application to medical school, dental school or many other health professions graduate schools.

Personal statement & secondaries: Please select this service if you wish to discuss with our adviser your personal statement or secondary applications. Personal statement and secondary applications review are extensive processes, so please send personal statements in advance to

Why Study Here?

The Health Professions Advising Unit (HPAU) serves all Clark Atlanta University (CAU) undergraduates and graduate students pursuing any health profession.  Advisors use a holistic approach while providing support and feedback during academic and application preparation. We encourage students to be proactive and reflective during their career decision-making.

It is important for you to register with HPAU if you are interested in pursuing a health profession. Please be aware that by self-identifying as a pre-health student and registering with our office, you are not committing to a career or major. By letting us know you are interested in a future health profession, we will have a better sense of how many students plan to go into each field and use that information to guide future programming.

Please make sure to read through all the resources provided to you through the website.  Students can drop in with questions or schedule an appointment with a health professions advisor by simply emailing or utilizing HANDSHAKE. If you are new to HPAU, we ask that you fill out this short registration form to begin the advising process.