Message Regarding COVID-19 and Its Impact on Health Professions Applications 


Many students are wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect their pre-health plans moving forward. We have put together some useful and timely information for students and parents regarding this situation. The situation is fluid and things are changing rapidly. Updated information will be posted here as it becomes available.  

The USD Pre-health Advising Office is here to support students in navigating the remainder of this semester and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Cassandra Gomez at for assistance. Our best wishes and thoughts are with you all!

Pre-health Advising Office FAQs

  • How will Pre-health Advising services be offered for the remainder of the spring semester?
  • All of my clinical, community service and/or shadowing activities have been cancelled due to COVID-19. How will this affect me as an applicant?
  • How will MCAT be affected?
  • How will my grades or GPA possibly be affected?
  • USD is allowing students to take our classes Pass/Fail. Should I do that for my health professional school requirements?
  • I am really struggling this semester with the transition but I am worried about taking a Pass/Fail grade for my courses because I want to apply to health professional school. What should I do?
  • If I am applying to medical or dental school this cycle, what should I do?