March 23

Today is the first day of your new, online reality at Carolina.  Words like unexpected, unprecedented, and uncertain have all been used to describe the circumstances leading to this day and also describe what lies ahead.  Adapting to new surroundings, routines, and the unknown is not easy.  Please take care of yourself and ask for help when you need it.  Understand that your entire Carolina community is also working to adapt to what is new and unknown, so remember to be patient with your fellow students, UNC faculty and staff members too. 

The impact of COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve in all areas of admissions to health professional schools.  The HPA website will soon carry the resources below, and continually update them as information becomes available.

As of March 23, 2020:


FAQs related to Health Professions Advising and COVID-19

Can I still meet with a Health Professions Advisor?

Yes!  Continue to schedule an appointment on the HPA website.  After scheduling your appointment, you’ll receive an email confirmation that includes a link to join your Zoom appointment.  If you scheduled an appointment before leaving campus for spring break, you’ll receive an email invitation with a link to join your meeting just prior to your appointment time.  Stay tuned to this listserv and the HPA website for additional programming this semester!

How will graduate professional schools view a grade of pass/fail in my coursework this semester? Will they accept pass/fail grades since UNC has put an Emergency Grading Accommodation in place this semester?  Should I declare a course pass/fail?

Please give yourself the peace of mind in knowing you do not have to make this decision today.  UNC’s Emergency Grading Accommodation allows students to declare a course pass/fail through August 7th.  This accommodation gives you time to make a decision that is based on your own personal wellness, experience with remote learning, and ultimate goal in a health profession.

At this time, there is no clear consensus among health professional schools whether pass/fail grades will be accepted.  Any updates will be shared through the HPA listserv and website as they become available.

Stay focused on your classes.  Although we are in the midst of extraordinary times, the rigor of a health professional school will not change.  Continue to prepare for this by challenging yourself and work as if you’ll earn a final grade.  Remember that resiliency and adaptability are core competencies that all health professional schools seek in their applicants.  Do not make assumptions, and PLEASE do not spread unfounded rumors.

Consider registering for a virtual event to speak directly with admissions officers:

Will I be able to take my admissions test this spring? 

The need for social distancing limits a testing center’s availability of seats.  Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers have closed through April 16th.  Please follow these links for the most updated information regarding admissions testing:

I have already taken my admissions test and plan to apply to a health professional school this cycle.  What will change with my application submission?

These resources provide the most updated information from centralized application services:

I have already been accepted to a professional school at UNC, and will start in the fall.  Can I declare any of my courses as pass/fail?

Students should confirm this with the professional school to which they have been admitted.


UNC Virtual Campus Resources

Designing Your Online Academic Life

  • Current online learning modes will call on you to use the adaptability that has helped you navigate Carolina thus far. Online support from coaches and peer tutors will be available from the Writing Center and Learning Center the week of March 23. Read on for tips to help you design a successful online academic life and finish strong this semester.

University Career Services Employer Relations Team is excited to offer alternatives to the cancelled career and graduate school info fairs, plus additional experiential learning opportunities for job (or graduate school) seeking students to utilize and develop skills that will bolster their professional profile and integrate their academic learning:

The Health Schools Info Fair – Resume Book

  • Interested in becoming a physician, dentist, physical therapist, physician assistant, optometrist, or other health care professional? Get your resume seen by representatives from healthcare graduate programs from across the U.S. You will also receive the contact information for ALL representatives that have registered for the fair. This resume book is open to all UNC-CH students.
  • When: 5:00 P.M, April 3rd
  • What: Resume Book to send to registered Recruiters