Faculty & Staff Resources

Our students here at Texas A&M University are fortunate to have dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff to help them achieve their educational goals. We at PSA realize this and are ready and eager to assist you. Below are just some of ways we are able to do this.

 

  • ‚ÄčIndentifying prerequisite courses

  • Class and student organization presentations

  • Advisor luncheons

  • Letter of evaluation/recommendation assistance

  • Admissions trends

Here are some of the ways PSA is here for you

Advisor Connections

Academic Advisors, YOU are our essential partners in helping students achieve their professional goals. Health professions programs all have numerous prerequisite courses, which can sometimes seem like an ever-changing target. We keep our handouts up-to-date for professional schools in Texas and you are always welcome to use them in your advising program. In the PSA office we always defer academic concerns back to your offices about degree plans and graduation. We advise students to contact you if they have questions about using particular courses for their degrees. 

To get to know you better, we have "Advisor Luncheons" each semester, where we gather informally to discuss changes in programs and prerequisites. Let us know if you would like to be included. If you have a medium to large advising staff, we are available to come to your office as well. We can also be found at the University Advisors and Counselor events as well. 

Our staff are eager to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact us! The Directory at the top of the page has our current advising assignments, but any of us would be happy to help you. 

Presentations

Whether it's a senior seminar, a student organization or a freshman survey course, the PSA staff are uniquely positioned to provide an informative session for your students. We are happy to tailor the event to meet your students' needs: 

  • The PSA- services and programs we provide

  • Gaining exposure to the professions

  • Building a timeline for success

  • Personal Statements, Statements of Purpose, and Application Essays


Please contact an specific staff member directly, or send a request to our OPSA email.

Preparing Letters for Students

Students frequently need recommendation/evaluation letters for a variety of programs.  These range from admission to a professional program, participation in an internship, and summer medical school programs. In all cases your candid reflections are valued. The sample letter gives some helpful formatting and content tips, but in no way supercedes your judgment or preferences. Letters should be dated, signed, and on official letterhead. 

Medical and dental school application letters are the only letters collected by the PSA. These applicants will enter your name and email into the PSA portal, generating an email to you which provides a link to the student's digital file. You will need to upload your letter and evaluation waiver using the instructions and link in the email. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Dionne Thomas at OPSA-portal@tamu.edu or 979-847-8938. Typically, medical and dental letters are valid for up to one year from the date on the letter. 
Many other professional programs use a national evaluation letter collection service:

Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants
Law School Admissions Council
Nursing Centralized Application Service
Pharmacy College Application Service
Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service
 
While we will accept these letters mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, we prefer them to be emailed.

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