Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Applications

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) provides students applying to medical or dental school in the upcoming cycle an opportunity to obtain a letter of recommendation from an HPAC Committee Member. This is also referred to as a committee letter. The HPAC process allows students to become familiar with the medical school or dental school application process and are selected through an application process. Selected students will have the opportunity to participate in an interview with the HPAC member who will be writing their letter.  

HPAC applications for the 2022-2023 cycle open December 6, 2021 and close on February 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST



All alumni and current UTA students with a minimum Overall GPA of a 3.25 applying to medical or dental school in the upcoming cycle are welcome to apply. (MAV ID number will be required) Students must also show evidence of an upward trend in GPA in recent coursework.

Ex: Students planning to apply in the 2022-2023 medical/dental school cycle should apply to the 2022 HPAC that opens in December of 2021. 

Note: Non-degree seeking post-bacc or second bacc students, must have a minimum UTA post bacc GPA of a 3.6 with a strong science GPA regardless of the first degree's GPA. Minimum PB UTA hours: 12 (6 must be 3000/4000 level sciences; all must be prerequisites for medical/dental school ) Please see below for Applicant Selection Criteria.

Students should create an account with the application service(s) they will be using to apply to professional school(s). (TMDSAS, AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS) There will be a section on the application and Letter of Recommendation Evaluation Form to include your unique ID number(s).

RE-APPLICANTS with an HPAC Acceptance from a previous year- Starting for the 2020-2021 cycle, letters will include the cycle year with ranking. Students can request the same letter for future cycles, however, the date and content of the letter will not be changed. If a student would like an updated HPAC letter with a new date, ranking and cycle year, they will need to reapply to HPAC. Note: Re-applicants that were previously accepted and reapply are NOT guaranteed a letter and should read the re-applicant section criteria below.

RE-APPLICANTS- Students that were not accepted last year are welcome to re-apply for the upcoming cycle as long as this is not the third time applying to HPAC within 3 years. 

ALL RE-APPLICANTS should provide evidence of growth from their previous application much like they would need to for their medical or dental school application. Re-applicants can re-use 1 of the 3 letters from last year. However, updated letters are highly recommended and may be required by medical/dental schools and the application services. Re-Applicants are allowed to reapply ONCE within three years. EX: Students that have applied to HPAC the past 2 years CANNOT apply to HPAC again until next cycle. 



  • Transcripts- unofficial or official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities where college courses were taken
  • Overall and Science GPA- GPAs from all transcripts and enter on application. Science GPA includes all Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math courses only. There will be a question on the application to input this information. HELPFUL TOOL: CASPA GPA CALCULATOR - READ INSTRUCTIONS on first tab!
  • MCAT or DAT score not required but a competitive score may be helpful! Students must enter past attempts with scores and scheduled future attempt(s).    
  • Personal Statement - max 5,000 characters with spaces (Required)
    • Pre-medical students: Explain your motivation to seek a career in medicine. You are asked to include the value of your experiences that prepare you to be a physician
    • Pre-dental students: Explain your motivation to seek a career in dentistry. You are asked to discuss your philosophy of the dental profession and indicate your goals relevant to the profession.
  • Personal Characteristics Essay - max 2,500 characters with spaces (Required)
    • Learning from others is enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe your personal characteristics (background, talents, skills, etc.) or experiences that would add to the educational experience of others
  • Unique Circumstances or Life Experiences Essaymax 2,500 characters with spaces (Required)
    • Briefly discuss any unique circumstances or life experiences that are relevant to your application. This is not an area to continue another essay or reiterate what you have previously stated: this area is provided to address any issues that have not previously been addressed.

  • Healthcare Activities, Volunteering, Work Experience, Leadership, Awards/Honors, and Research Hours


  • Letters of Recommendation- 3 required; at least 1 letter must be dated within 6 months of HPAC deadline
    • 1 from a science faculty member (HPAC will accept letters from any faculty member under the College of Science or BME Professor, however, students should verify with specific schools if they will consider letters from PSYC, MATH, or BME as science if required)
    • 2* from any faculty member, doctor/dentist, research director, clinical experience, volunteer supervisor or professional/employment reference (*prefer 1 from a health professional; NOTE: Please check your specific school's requirements; some schools may require a certain type of letter. Ex: 2 science faculty or 1 DO, or 1 from research faculty; Most Texas dental schools require a dentist letter)


Note: Letters sent in for HPAC are kept on file and can be used for dental/medical school applications even if you are not accepted into HPAC. 

Instructions for applicants requesting letters: Review the Letter of Recommendations Page. Applicants must complete the top portion of the HPAC Cover Letter FormGive this cover letter to your evaluator. HPAC will not review your application unless the box waiving your right to the letter is marked. The form can be hand delivered or scanned and emailed to your evaluator to complete depending on their preference. If this form does not accompany the letters, your right to the letter will be automatically waived.  

Instructions for evaluators writing letters: Letters should be addressed to the Admissions Committee, not HPAC and must be typed, on an official letterhead, dated, hand or e-signed and contain contact information. These letters will most likely be used for the applicant’s medical/dental school application(s). See below for letter delivery options.  The HPAC Cover Letter Form should have been provided by the applicant requesting the letter. This form should accompany the letter. Please refer to the AAMC Guideline for Letter Writers for tips.

Letter delivery options for evaluators:

  • Email (preferred): Completed letter and form can be scanned and emailed by the evaluator to
  • Applicant delivery: Evaluators can give the letter and form to the applicant for hand delivery to the Health Professions Advisor mailbox (Sandy Hobart) in the Dean’s Suite LSB Room 206. The letter and the form must be placed in an envelope and signed across the seal by the evaluator to verify the integrity of the letter.
  • Mail: Letters with the completed evaluation form can be mailed in an envelope signed across the seal by the evaluator to: Health Professions Advisor, The University of Texas at Arlington Box 19047 Arlington, TX 76019-0047



ALL supporting documents, including letters, should be received by the deadline of February 14, 2021 by 11:59 pm CST. Applications can be submitted prior to letters being being received.

Applicants will be reviewed holistically. Competitive Applicants will be selected and invited to an HPAC Interview. Selection criteria will be based on:

  • Overall GPA, science GPA, last 30 hours (trend)
  • Experiences: Clinical and non-clinical experiences, volunteering, leadership, research
  • Personal statement, essays, and letters of recommendation
  • Interview- an interview invite DOES NOT guarantee a committee letter


Applications open Monday, December 14, 2020 and close Sunday, February 14, 2021 by 11:59 pm. Apply: 2021 HPAC Application (EY 2022)

  • Week of March 1st: Review process
  • Week of March 8th:  Invites/denial email sent with interviewer information
  • March 8th - April 16th: Interview period
  • April 30th: Committee letter deadline to send to Ms. Hobart
    • Letter is added to student's file
    • Students are notified if they WILL NOT receive a letter
  • For information on requesting letters to be sent, visit the LOR, PS, and Interviewing Page