The Role of the PPHA Peer Advisors

Link to Peer Advisor Application Form:

Applications are due April 1 for fall semester, and November 1 for spring semester (until filled). Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 Peer Advisor meetings will be held monthly at a time agreed upon by the group. Please be sure you have not maxed out on 499 units.

The SDSU Preprofessional Health Advising Office peer advisors are a vital and integral part of the Preprofessional Health Advising program at San Diego State. Although they do not provide advising on academic class scheduling, which is handled by departmental advisors, they are available to share their experiences with their fellow students. As representatives of the Preprofessional Health Advising Office, peer advisors must be strong advocates for the PPHA office (without reservation) and plan to go through the SDSU Committee Letter Process.

Peer advisors are chosen for an enthusiasm for their future careers that is reflected in their communication with their fellow students. They are leaders who are the ambassadors for the Preprofessional Health Advising Office. Their first responsibility is to welcome students into the office and assist them in using the office effectively. Some of their activities include:

In some cases a student feels more comfortable talking to a fellow student than to the advisor. In these cases, it is important to remember that all academic counseling must be provided by the departmental advisor, while encouragement and information related to the application process can be freely given.

The PPHA office maintains information on:

Allopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Physician Assistant, Podiatry, Pharmacy, Optometry , and Allied Health fields (except nursing and occupational and physical therapy)

An important aspect of the peer advisor role is to be familiar with internships, summer programs, postbac programs or other opportunities for preprofessional health students. Peer advisors are encouraged to build their knowledge through the use of the World Wide Web and materials arriving in the office.

Expectations for Peer Advisors

The most important aspect of the peer advisors' duties is to provide a warm, friendly and helpful atmosphere. The health professional career path is a stressful one and the PPHA office seeks to reduce that pressure by providing knowledge of the process without undermining the students' sense of responsibility. Peer Advisors are leaders and role models. Therefore, they must exhibit a high degree of professionalism in all their activities at SDSU. They :

1. Successfully complete all assigned activities; those listed above and others as assigned.
2. Arrive on time and remain in the office as assigned. Keep track of hours.
3. Dress and act in a way that reflects the professionalism of their future career.
4. Maintain benchmark standards of customer service.
5. Are cognizant of being an ambassador for the office in other school settings
6. Attend each monthly meeting, arriving on time.
7. Prepare reports on their projects at the monthly meetings.
8. Keep materials related to projects (data bases, table of contents, indexes, etc) on the peer advisor computer
9. Are thoroughly familiar with the PPHA Peer Advisor Procedures
10. Are thoroughly familiar with all resources and reference materials in the office including other career paths
11. Maintain confidentiality of information provided by students. (Peer advisors do not have access to student files because of confidentiality requirements.)


Peer advisors are enrolled in PH499 and make a commitment to a mutually agreed upon schedule to provide our high standard of excellence of service to our students. (Please be sure you are not maxed out on 499 units.)

End of Semester Requirements Due the First Weekday of Finals Each Semester:

For Ongoing Peer Advisors: