Advantage Scholar Programs

Overview

The Pacific University Advantage Program offers students rigorous preparation for careers in the health professions through a combination of coursework, advising, observational hours, experiential learning opportunities, and assistance with the application process.   Students must apply to the Advantage Program. See Program Requirements for additional information. 

Program Highlights

  • Early exposure to various healthcare careers, including pathways to prepare to enter these careers. Guest speakers will discuss opportunities and challenges, as well as educational and other requirements for various healthcare careers.
  • A hands-on learning approach. Advantage Scholars are encouraged to gain experience through observational hours, internships, and research opportunities obtained by the students with assistance from the Career Development Center.
  • Pre-professional advising through in-depth guidance from a pre-health professions faculty advisor and Pathways career advisor including assistance in developing academic plans consistent with student goals.
  • Assistance with professional program applications from the Career Development Center and Pathways career advisor. Get advice and support with preparation of resumes, applications, admissions essays, and requests for scholarships, assistantships, and grants for graduate school.
  • A strong, academically competitive liberal arts education. Pacific’s core curriculum offers the advantages of a broad-based education. This enhances a student’s ability to relate to patients and helps develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills which will prepare the student academically for the rigors of professional school.

Learn more about the types of programs Pacific University offers.

Current Students & Alumni

Advantage Scholars who are applying to one of Pacific University's graduate programs AND who wish to use their guaranteed interview must complete an online form by the application deadline (deadlines listed below are subject to change, always check program's specific website for most current information). It is HIGHLY recommended that students complete the Guaranteed Interview Form as soon as the application has been submitted to Pacific (for programs with supplemental applications, you can submit this form as soon as you complete your common application).   Students will be validated for approval based on cumulative Pacific GPA and the completion of HPE courses (190, 290, 390).  

Students will receive a confirmation email within 10 business days if their request for a guaranteed interview as been approved and sent to the graduate program.   

Note that Advantage does not check prerequisites for each program, if you are missing prerequisite coursework, the guaranteed interview will not be considered legitimate by the graduate programs. 

Audiology  

Application Deadline: Jan. 15th

How To Apply: http://pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/audiology/apply/how-apply

Guaranteed Interview Form: http://www.pacificu.edu/sites/html/forms/CDC/61045855489 

 

Occupational Therapy 

Application Deadline: preferred: Dec 6th, final: Jan. 12th

How To Apply: http://pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/occupational-therapy/admissions

Guaranteed Interview Form:  http://www.pacificu.edu/sites/html/forms/CDC/61045722509 

 

Optometry

Application Deadline: Feb 13

How To Apply: http://www.pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-optometry/areas-study/optometry-od

Guaranteed Interview Form: http://www.pacificu.edu/sites/html/forms/CDC/61045608450

 

Pharmacy

Application Deadline: Jan. 5th

How to Apply:  http://pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/pharmacy/admissions/how-apply

Guaranteed Interview Form: http://www.pacificu.edu/sites/html/forms/CDC/61040052508

 

Physical Therapy

Application Deadline: Oct. 17th

How To Apply: http://pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/physical-therapy/how-apply

Guaranteed Interview Form: http://www.pacificu.edu/sites/html/forms/CDC/60904452521

 

Physician Assistant

Application Deadline: Sept. 1st

How to Apply: http://pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/physician-assistant-studies/program-admission/how-apply

Guaranteed Interview Form: http://www.pacificu.edu/sites/html/forms/CDC/60902222454 

 

Speech Language Pathology

Application Deadline: Jan 15

How to Apply: http://www.pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-education/areas-study/speech-language-pathology/admission

Guaranteed Interview Form: http://www.pacificu.edu/sites/html/forms/CDC/61040337453