Loyola University Chicago

Pre-Health Professions

Division of Student Academic Services

FAQs during COVID-19

In light of COVID-19 and the decision to move classes online, the Pre-Health Professions Program would like to provide you with guidance on questions regarding medical requirements/admissions or otherwise. Please know that we are working diligently to bring you updates on this process and encourage you to check our webpage and online resources from health professional programs regularly. 

Q) Since Loyola is moving to online instruction, will Pre-Health advisors still be available for appointments? 

A) Absolutely! The pre-health staff is currently working remotely, and all appointment will take place over Zoom. You may schedule an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor through Handshake. If you have any trouble with Handshake or Zoom, you can schedule an appointment with our offive via e-mail at PHAdvising@luc.edu. Pre-Health staff will continue to work full-time, checking emails, conducting appointments, etc. If you need more information on connecting with Zoom please see the Loyola ITS Zoom site. 

Q) Are your drop-in hours still available? 

A) Drop-in hours will resume on August 24, 2020. At that time, they will take place every Monday through Friday from 12 noon through 2:00 pm (except for when the University is closed or if noted otherwise). Additionally, for a quick question feel free to email PHAdvising@luc.edu and one of the advisors will respond typically within 2 working days. For more complex questions, please schedule an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor through Handshake 

Q) If I am not on campus or in the Chicago-area, I may not be able to continue the usual volunteering, research, extra-curricular activities, etc. Will health professional schools be concerned about a lapse in activities? 

A) We believe that medical school and dental school admission committees will be very understanding of the circumstances we all currently face and want all to act in the best interest of their safety, health, and wellbeing. Many health professional programs are also encouraging students to think creatively of ways to support their community in these times.  For those with an EMT or CNA certification, that could be working in these regards.  For others, that could be volunteering at food banks or via online support services, such as Crisis Text Line.  These are only a couple examples, and students should think about what best fits their unique abilities and local needs.   

For updates on how the Coronavirus is impacting AAMC, AACOM, and ADEA services, there are direct links to their responses available here 

Q) I have heard that Medical Schools don't like online courses. How will they respond to the fact that our instruction is being done virtually? 

A) If you have your heart set on a specific medical school, you should check their webpage for their policy, but broadly, health professional schools understand decisions made in the interest of health.  While typically medical schools prefer in-person courses, during the COVID pandemic, most have changed official policy to accept online coursework, including for lab classes.   
Q) I am scheduled to take the MCAT or DAT soon. Will it be cancelled or delayed? What happens if it is?  
A) UPDATE (7/31/20): Pearson VUE (the administrators of the MCAT) did for health and safety reasons cancel some MCAT test dates in the late spring/early summer time frame.  They gave students as much advance notice as possible, and have since made multiple adjustments to address this.  The MCAT exam length has been slightly shortened to fit three (previously two) exams in any given exam day.  They have also added more exam dates in late summer and early fall.  As COVID is a changing situation, we encourage test takers to regularly check leading up to a scheduled exam for any updates.  For more details regarding impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on 2020 testing, please visit the MCAT Coronavirus Page. 

To keep up to date on issues regarding MCAT, please visit this site and this site.

For updates on the DAT, please visit here.

Q) I am currently in the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) process to apply this spring/summer. Will anything change about PHPAC Advising Meetings, Letter timeline or process? 
A) Nothing changed about this process other than the medium through which PHPAC Advising appointments occurred (move to zoom appointments)As a reminder, for any students/alumni who met with a PHPAC advisor in spring 2020, the final deadline to request your committee letter is September 1, 2020, although we generally advise “let your primary fly by the 4th of July.” 


If you have any questions about any aspect of our response to the COVID-19 situation, please write to us at COVID-19support@LUC.edu.