Health Professions Recommendation Committee
Health Professions Recommendation Committee

NEW COMMITTEE PROCESSES EFFECTIVE FALL 2019

PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY AND THOROUGHLY

Committee letters of recommendation are preferred by most medical schools. Benedictine University uses a committee letter process to provide students and alumni with letters of recommendation for application to medical and other health profession schools. To carry out this work the committee meets with applicants to learn more about each applicant and put their individual letters of recommendation into a cohesive perspective.

A letter is prepared on the basis of input from both the student and the faculty members. Upon the request of the student, this letter is sent to the professional schools of their choice. All students seeking admission to professional schools should plan to interview with the members of this committee during their junior year. If you are considering going through the Recommendations Committee, please read the "Application eligibility" section to make sure you qualify. All of the items listed contain valuable information. It is to your advantage to read through all of them!

Application eligibility- traditional 4-year students

Benedictine students and alumni interested in a health professional school after graduation, and who meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Completion of Intent to participate form by the end of the third week of the Fall semester.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.3
  • Minimum BCPM course GPA 3.1
  • At least 30 credit hours of classes completed at Benedictine University (by the end of the HPRC process year), including 12 credit hours of science-based classes (at least one with a lab).
  • Interest in one of the following professions:
    • Medicine (MD and DO)
    • Dentistry
    • Podiatry
    • Pharmacy
    • Optometry
    • Physician Assistant
    • Veterinary
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Chiropractic
Application eligibility- transfer students

1. Eligibility
Students who transferred to Benedictine, have less than 30 credit hours of Benedictine coursework, are interested in a health professional school after graduation, and who meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Completion of Intent to participate form by the end of the third week of the Fall semester.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.3 (includes all undergraduate or graduate courses at all institutions).
  • Minimum BCPM course GPA 3.1 (includes all undergraduate or graduate courses at all institutions)
  • At least 30 credit hours of classes completed at Benedictine University by the end of the HPRC process year, including 12 credit hours of science-based classes (at least one with a lab). Interest in one of the following professions:
    • Medicine (MD and DO)
    • Dentistry
    • Podiatry
    • Pharmacy
    • Optometry
    • Physician Assistant
    • Veterinary
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Chiropractic

2. Individual letters of recommendation
For transfer students with < 30 credit hours of Benedictine coursework 2 individual letters of recommendation will be accepted from any combination of prior institution science faculty and/or healthcare experiential supervisor or mentor. By the end of Spring semester in the year of HPRC application, transfer students will be required to obtain at least 2 additional letters from Benedictine faculty (at least one from a science faculty member). Once all individual letters are received, the student shall have ensured that there are at least two letters from science faculty, and one from a non-science faculty member.

Collection of application components
  • All materials required for committee letters of recommendation will be managed through a confidential DropBox system. Detailed instructions will be sent after Intent to Participate forms are received. Over the course of the Fall semester, participants will need to :
    • Request individual letters of recommendation from faculty and supervisors, and identify to the committee who has agreed to write letters (deadline - Friday before Finals Week Fall semester). Letters are required from at least three (3) faculty members: two from faculty in science disciplines, and one from faculty outside of the sciences. Up to three (3) additional letters from other writers (e.g., shadowing or volunteer supervisor) will be accepted. [For transfer students with <30 BenU credits- see special instructions under the Eligibility for transfers dropdown menu]. Individual letters of recommendation must be submitted to the DropBox folder by the writers no later than the Friday prior to the start of Spring semester.
    • Submit a completed application information digital form (deadline - Friday before Finals Week Fall semester)
    • Submit a personal statement/essay. (deadline - Friday before Finals Week Fall semester)
  • Completed applications to participate in the HPRC, including all components except individual letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the last day of regular classes of the Fall semester (week before finals). Applicants are urged to begin work early in the semester to allow time to:
    • obtain agreements from faculty who will write letters, and
    • work with the pre-health advisor or a trusted faculty member on refining drafts of personal statements.
  • Current GPA and unofficial transcript of applicants will be obtained from MyBenU and entered into the form by the Office Coordinator for Graduate and Pre-Professional Studies supporting the HPRC.
  • Upload completed FERPA waiver and Academic Honesty forms
Committee Review process
  • All finalized applications will be available to all members of the HPRC. For each applicant, two (2) members of the committee will be assigned for primary review of the student’s application.
  • These primary reviewers will conduct a personal interview of the applicant during the Spring semester. Applicants should check their e-mail address provided to the committee for who they need to schedule interviews with and when.
  • All members of the HPRC will review each student’s application file and primary reviewers’ assessments, and they will provide their own insights and collective committee decision at the committee’s meetings.
  • The HPRC chair will prepare a summary of feedback to each applicant after the committee’s review of the applicant is complete. This will be done via the e-mail address provided by the applicant, with an invitation for an in-person meeting should one be desired by the applicant.
Committee letter writing
  • The primary reviewers will collaborate to write a draft recommendation letter to include the assessment, quotes, and decision agreed upon by the committee. Upon completion, the draft letter is shared with the chair of the committee and pre-health advisor, who refine the draft if needed.
  • The chair shares all letters with the entire committee for feedback. After necessary revisions and feedback are taken into account, the letters are finalized, archived, and submitted to professional schools as appropriate and requested.
  • Letters will be written in priority order based on when application deadlines fall, though most letters will be written during the summer following the initial committee’s evaluation.
Forms
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Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers specialized advising for all students interested in a healthcare profession, regardless of their major. Our nationally-recognized faculty enjoy engaging students at all levels in investigative research in their laboratories, often presenting their work at national, professional conferences. Our students are active in the many student organizations on campus, athletics, and campus ministries, all of which contribute to a broadly fulfilling college experience.

Timeline for HPRC


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William R. Law, Ph.D.
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