Health Professions Advising

Faculty and Staff

Becky Connell, MA, Pre-Health Professions Advisor, LS 202, Phone 282- 2375, Box 8007, ISU, email:

Marcia Hedges, Office Specialist II, Pre-Health Advising Assistant, LS 202, Phone: 282-2172, Box 8007, ISU, email:

The Pre-health Professions Advisory Committee is composed of faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Professions, and the College of Pharmacy at ISU who have an interest in educating health professionals. One of the functions of the committee is to evaluate a student's preparation for application to a health professions program by reviewing each student's credentials and interviewing the student. The comments of committee members who participate in a student's interview are combined into a letter of recommendation called a committee letter. Many health professional schools require a committee letter to accompany the student's application materials in addition to letters of recommendation from individuals who know the student well. The committee highly encourages students to apply for a committee interview in the semester prior to submitting their applications to the health professional schools.

In addition to providing evaluative interviews, the Pre-health Professions Advisory Committee members serve as sources of information and advice about developing successful health professional school applications for students with academic majors in many different departments.

Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee

Ralph Baergen, Ph.D., Professor of English and Philosophy, Liberal Arts 247, Phone: 282-3371, email:

Kori Bond, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, Fine Arts 214. Phone: 282- 2551, email:

Lyle W. Castle, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Programs Idaho Falls campus, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physical Science Complex 360, Phone 282- 4006, email:

Karl De Jesus, Ph.D., Chair, Professor of Chemistry, Physical Science Complex 355, Phone 282-2673, email:

Dana L. Diedrich, Ph.D. Professor, Interium Chair, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 236. Phone 282-4455, email:

Tracy J Farnsworth, Interim Associate Dean & Director, Kasiska School of Health Professions, Beckly Nursing 202, phone 282-3992 email:

Barbara Frank, Ph.D., Lecturer, Biological Sciences, Tingey Admin. Bldg. Idaho Falls 110, phone 282-7899, email:

James R. Groome, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Gale Life Sciences 321, Phone: 282-2791, email:

Linda Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D., Associate Vice President & Executive Dean, Kasiska College of Health Professions, Professor of Psychology, Graveley Hall 123 Phone: 282-4899, email:

Cynthia D. Hill, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Graveley Hall 111, Phone: 282-4945, email:

Patrick Hermanson, Assistant Professor, Healthcare Administration Beckley Nursing 301, phone 282-3586 email:

Kathleen Kangas, Ph.D, Chair/Professor Communication Sciences & Disorders, Speech Pathology & Audiology 204. Phone 282-4196, email:

Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. , Associate Professor of Anatomy and Biology, Gale Life Sciences 309, Phone 282-4379, email:

Jean Pfau, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Gale Life Science - Biology 207 phone 282-3914 email:

Paula Phelps, MHE PA-C, Program Director & Chair Physician Assistant Studies, Dept of Office of Medical & Oral Health, Red Hill 204, Phone 282- 4878, email:

J. Anthony Seikel Ph.D. Associate Dean & Director, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, Beckley Nursing 202, phone 282-3992, email:

Derek Wright, MD, Idaho State Unversity Family Practice Residency, 465 Memorial Dr, Pocatello, ID, Phone: 282-4700, email:


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