Health Careers Opportunity Program
Welcome Pre-Professional Students!
The purpose of HCOP is to assist current or prospective Fresno State students in the academic path to achieve their goals through advising and the locating of a Pre-Professional advisor on campus.
It is required that all program students meet with their faculty major advisor at least once per academic year and complete the Faculty Academic Advising Form, but it is HIGHLY recommended that you meet your advisor each semester. Submit your advising verification form to the HCOP office once you and your advisor have signed it.
If you need assistance with locating a Fresno State Pre-Professional Faculty Advisor, please use the link below for additional information and a list of Faculty Advisors.
- Pre-Clinical Lab sciences
- Physician Assistant
- Program Advisors
Career planning is not an activity that should be done all at once and then left behind as we move forward in our jobs and careers. Rather, career planning is an activity that is best done on a regular basis -- especially when research reveals that the average worker will change careers (not jobs) multiple times over his or her lifetime. It is never too soon or too late to start your career planning; however, as you go through your undergraduate years, we suggest that you start now and continue this process as you complete your degree in order to not only get ahead, but to prepare yourself for the realities of your selected profession.
The Fresno State Career Development Center has information that will guide you in key areas of career planning. Career exploration, creating and maintaining a resume, writing the personal statement for graduate school, and attending professional conferences are all great ways to begin your career planning now while you are earning your degree.
In addition, we also recommend that you pursue “valuable” hands-on experience while in college because it will assist you not only in your career planning, but also help you understand how the material you are learning in your major is actually being applied in a real live professional setting. Internships and Service Learning opportunities are proven ways to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and experience while establishing important connections in the field. These experiential opportunities are also a way to get your feet wet and find out if a specific field is something you could see yourself doing as a full-time job
Pre-Professional Career Path Tools
Applying to Medical Helpful Links:
Other important links to assist in progress toward graduation and academics: