Pre-Professional Advising at Purdue

Explore Prepare Apply

Essentially this is how we help students.

  • Explore your career options in health and law fields.
  • Prepare to be competitive applicants.
  • Apply as academically strong and well-rounded students.

Our office welcomes students from all majors. Ideally you will meet with us every semester while  preparing for professional school. With such busy lives, we know that isn't always possible so we have placed a lot of information in our Learning Center--not to replace us--but to offer a starting place for when you just can't make it into the office until next semester...

Amy Terstriep

Amy Terstriep, Ph.D.

Director of Pre-Professional Advising, aterstri@purdue.edu

Purdue's Director of Pre-Professional Advising came to Purdue in 2007 after 10 years of Albion College in Michigan. At Albion, she taught in the Anthropology and Sociology Department for several years, ran the Institute for Pre-Medical and Health Care Studies for five years, and finally worked as the Associate Registrar. Her academic background is in medical anthropology and her research interests include the genetics of deafness as well as Deaf culture. As part of her training she took courses in medical, dental, and veterinary schools as well as nursing and public health programs.

Cristy Gosney

Cristy Gosney, MFA

Senior Pre-Professional Advisor, crgosney@purdue.edu

Cristy grew up in the area and graduated from Purdue with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She has worked at Purdue for over 15 years, primarily in advising and program management. Cristy writes our monthly newsletter and handles the letter service for medical and dental school applicants.

Cara Hines-Pham

Cara Hines-Pham

Pre-Professional Advisor, cshines@purdue.edu

As an undergraduate, Cara studied English, literature, history, and German. After completing two degrees, she began working in Student Services. A master's degree in Education with a concentration in multiculturalism seemed a natural progression. During her time at Purdue University, Cara has served in a variety of roles at the Black Cultural Center and in Residential Life before joining Pre-Professional Advising in 2016.

Cheryl Alcock

Cheryl Alcock

Program Director, calcock@purdue.edu

Cheryl received a BA in Business Administration and worked in a variety of business fields before returning to college at the University of South Florida to earn a Master's in Elementary Education and then teaching for a number of years. When she first came to Purdue, she worked in the College of Education before coming to the Center for Career Opportunities. Recently, she completed a second master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Purdue Global! Along with a number of duties at CCO, Cheryl helps PPA by providing great feedback for pre-professional students during mock interviews.

Our ambassadors are a vital part of our office. They help us at Purdue recruiting events, speak with us in classes, and represent our office around campus. We rely on them for feedback about services and for suggestions. In return, they gain important skills they can use to demonstrate competencies in their professional applications such as social skills, communication skills, cultural competency, reliability, and professionalism.

Interested in being an ambassador? We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Ambassador Team. Click here for the application instructions and apply by 5:00pm, Monday, March 29, 2021.