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Welcome, we're glad you have an interest in the HPRAP experience! 

The Health Professions Residential Academic Program (HPRAP) resides in Kittredge West Hall and serves approximately 300 first year students. HPRAP is a logical choice of residence for students who have declared or are interested in the life sciences majors and careers in the health professions. The HPRAP offers classes that satisfy requirements for the Integrative Physiology (IPHY), Molecular Biology (MCDB) and Neuroscience (NRSC) majors or are recommended prerequisites for admission into medical or health professional schools.   

Courses are taught in classrooms within the residence hall, with an average of 19 students per class.  A list of regularly offered courses is listed further down on this page.  Students can select up to two HPRAP courses per semester and then fill the rest of their schedule with courses taught by the rest of the campus.

In addition to course offerings, the HPRAP offers a variety of programs to help students explore their major and career opportunities.  HPRAP hosts an evening lecture series featuring practicing clinicians and medical researchers.  We offer an exclusive shadowing program at two comprehensive care clinics, workshops on study skills and test-taking, no-cost tutoring by advanced students, and we offer a variety of community-building activities throughout the year, including fieldtrips, occasional dinners, and weekly coffee social time in our lobby community area.

While the Health Professions RAP invites any College of Arts and Sciences student regardless of major who is interested in exploring healthcare careers to join us, our curriculum is best suited for IPHY, MCDB, and NRSC majors.  Students who are primarily interested in social or environmental sciences or engineering are encouraged to explore other residential programs that are better tailored to their interests. 

There is no application to participate.  Students indicate their interest in the HPRAP by designating Kittredge West as their preferred choice of residence hall.  An annual fee of $425 is charged to all residents of Kittredge West and to any non-hall residents who also wish to participate and take classes in fall and spring semesters.

Typical courses in the HPRAP fall semester include:

  • Introductory Chemistry
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Biology I
  • Introduction to Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • First Year Writing
  • BioMedical Ethics
  • Scientific Writing

Courses offered in the HPRAP in spring semester may include:

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Biology II
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Introduction to Global Public Health
  • Human Physiology
  • Philosophy of the Sciences
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Introduction to Neuroscience I
  • Biomedical Stats

If you would like to speak to the program coordinator, please find contact information below.