healthcare professionals discussing patient information

Why Choose Avila?

As competition to enter health professions programs continues to increase, Avila students have a distinct advantage. 

Individual Prehealth Professions Advising

Throughout your time at Avila, your prehealth professions advisor will be available to help answer all of your questions about health professions schools and to help guide you towards maximizing your chances for acceptance.

Preparation for a Health Care Career Starts As You Enter Avila

One of your first semester courses will be Introduction to Health Care Careers. In this course you will become better acquainted with the United States health care system and explore a variety of health care career options. You will start a portfolio that you will build throughout your time at Avila.


During your first semester, you will shadow a health care professional and gain first-hand experience in observing the health care system at work. 

Prehealth Professions Student Organization

Avila’s Zeta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta provides you with the opportunity to meet students with similar interests and to develop your leadership abilities. The Zeta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta was chartered in the spring of 2014. Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Pre-professional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship.

Excellent Science Courses 

All of your prerequisite science courses for health professions schools will be taught by highly experienced, full-time faculty with Ph.D.s. These faculty members will be available for individual tutoring while you are taking their courses, as well as for preparation for standardized health professions admissions examinations such as the MCAT. They will get to know you well and be able to supply detailed letters of recommendation as you apply to health professions schools.

Practice Interviews

Your prehealth professions advisor will provide you with practice interview sessions prior to your actual health professions school interview. 

Help With Your Health Professional School Application 

Your prehealth professions advisor remains current with the application process for the health professions schools. Once you have prepared an application draft, your advisor will review the entire document to be sure that it best reflects your strengths as an applicant. Particular attention will be paid to your personal statement. This statement can be a major factor in gaining acceptance to a health professions school.

School of Science and Health Testimonial

Avila University’s science program prepared me for veterinary school because the science faculty and staff (like Dr. Stephen Daggett, Dr. Gregory Fitch, and Mrs. Liz Bradish), were dedicated to my growth as a student and individual. Their personal attention (from helping me pick out what to wear for an interview, to writing a decent personal statement) made me feel like a person instead of a number.  That feeling of importance was a motivator to reach my goal of veterinary school.

Jordan Burns '15


All Schools & Colleges

Student Club

Alpha Epsilon Delta
Dr. Larry Garrison-Sullivan (Advisor)

Alpha Epsilon Delta is the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in preprofessional health scholarship.

The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award


That’s the Avila Promise.

Get Ahead with The Avila Summer Promise

avila summer promise

summer promise

Are you an incoming freshman or transfer student? Learn more about how the Avila Summer Promise can help you get ahead.
> Learn more

AU News

Avila University - SOAR 2018