College of Science and Engineering
Advising Center

Pre-Health

  • Pre-health advising is available to any Seattle University student who is interested in studying health professions as well as prospective and current Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Professional Health Certificate Program students. If you are interested in a career in the health professions, we are here to support you.

    Schedule a Meeting

    Schedule a meeting with Dr. Pazdral via prehealth@seattleu.edu, by calling 206-296-2500, or by stopping by ENGR 300. Drop In Hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:00-4:00 PM.

    Letter from Rebecca K. Pazdral, M.A., D.Ed., Academic & Pre-Health Advising Supervisor & Doozy

    I have worked in Health Professions Advising since 2005 in both California and Texas. I am from a family of physicians and know how important good pre-health advising is to your success with your future career goals. I enjoy working as a pre-health advisor because I can have relationships with students as early as prospective high school students all the way through young alumni starting their careers after finishing their graduate/professional school programs and beginning their careers in healthcare. In this position I get to wear many hats: academic advising, career counseling, professional development, club advising, admissions counselor, and life coach. The most important thing for you to know is I am here for you. Motivated compassionate students such as yourself are the reason I love what I do.

    Since the economic downturn of 2008 we have seen the number of people seeking careers in healthcare skyrocket, so now more than ever, students need to be prepared and well-rounded before they apply. My goal as a pre-health advisor is to help you along the path towards success. Sometimes students have to take an alternative route to reach their goal. Sometimes students' goals change along the way due to any number of variables. Students should come see me at least once a year, preferably once a term, but can come in as much as they need. We have both scheduled appointments and drop-in hours every week. Students can come in before registration to discuss pre-health pre-requisites they need to take. Students may find it helpful for referrals to summer programs or clinical opportunities. We also have a weekly email that goes out to remind students of upcoming trainings, speakers, and events. To sign up for these weekly Pre-Health Announcements, email prehealth@seattleu.edu with the subject "Subscribe."

    When you come by the office you will get a chance to meet my service dog, Doozy. She is part Shepherd (German & Australian) mixed with Alaskan Husky (which is a mixed breed: Siberian Husky, Malamute, Collie, Grey Hound, amongst others) along with apparently a splash of Bichon Frise (at least that is what the DNA test says). She is very friendly and affectionate. Since she works at a college I am ok with students saying hello to her, but if you need to meet with me elsewhere we have a space set aside for that as well.

    The Pre-Health Advising Office sponsors events throughout the year. We have big events, like the Health Professions Graduate School Fair, as well as smaller events like school admissions recruiters, alumni healthcare speakers, and skills workshops for essay writing and interviews. Students are never required to meet with their pre-health advisor, but we are here to help. Let us know how we can assist you along your path.

    I look forward to working with you.