The Benefits of NAAHP Membership

There are many reasons to join the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. Among them are:

  1. Reduced registration fees for NAAHP National Meetings.
  2. Membership in HLTHPROF, a national health advising listserv.
  3. Inclusion in and access to the online NAAHP Membership Directory which is used by advisors and admissions deans nationwide.
  4. Full access to the Members-Only portions of the NAAHP website, including:
    • The NAAHP-Sack, a directory of health professions associations including special phone numbers and email addresses for advisors. It also houses the annual health professions updates provided by the 18 NAAHP Advisory Council associations and a Liaison Report from each.
    • Quick links to Advisor Portals
    • Select past issues of The Advisor
    • And much more
  5. A subscription to NAAHP-Net, a monthly electronic newsletter with regular updates and late-breaking news
  6. Reduced pricing of NAAHP publications, which can be used in the office, library, or classroom. These include:
    • Health Professions Admission Guide (HPAG)
    • Interviewing for Health Professions Schools
    • Write for Success: Preparing a Successful Essay for Your Application to Health Professions School
    • Click here to learn more about or order NAAHP publications
  7. Quarterly copies of "The Advisor", NAAHP's professional journal containing articles, reprints, and research studies pertaining to health professions advising, education, and careers. Click here to visit the Abstracts page.

There are two main types of membership in NAAHP, Patron members and Advisor members. The official definitions of each are as follows:

  • An Advisor member is a health professions advisor that is employed by an accredited college or university.
  • A Patron member is a person employed by an accredited college, university, or program that grants a graduate level degree for licensure in the health professions, an association of such a college or institution, or a recognized association of health professionals.

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Or, here are the unique benefits offered to each of the two main categories of membership in addition to those listed above.

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Advisor Members

  • Exchange ideas and information with health professions advisors across the US.
  • Establish stronger communication with health professions schools and their associations.
  • Learn current information, enhance advising skills, and network with advisors and admissions representatives by attending the biennial national and regional conferences.
  • Join with advisors nationwide in promoting the importance of health professions advising.
  • Work with undergraduate institutions, health professions schools, and other appropriate agencies to improve health professions advising.
  • Keep informed and up-to-date through valuable publications and communication links.

In addition to the general benefits listed previously, Advisor members receive the following:

  • Complimentary access to the AAMC's Medical Schools Admissions Requirements (MSAR)
    (NAAHP membership must be paid prior to February 28th)
  • A complimentary copy of ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
    (NAAHP membership must be paid prior to December 31st)
  • A complimentary copy of AACOM's Osteopathic Medical College Information Book
    (NAAHP membership must be paid prior to January 15th)

As an NAAHP Advisor Member, you would join health professions advisors in enhancing your professionalism.

Patron (Professional School and Health Association Representative) Members

  • Establish stronger communication with health professions advisors across the US.
  • Keep informed on health professions advising issues and share information with advisors contributing to valuable publications and participation through communication links.
  • Share current information and network with advisors and fellow health professions schools and associations by attending the biennial national conference and regional meetings.
  • Join with advisors and health professions organizations nationwide in promoting health professions careers and encouraging the most qualified and desirable candidates for these programs.
  • Work with advisors, undergraduate institutions, fellow health professions schools, and other appropriate agencies to improve health professions advising.

In addition to the general benefits listed previously, Patron members receive the following:

  • Access to advisors and students at national "Health Professions Fair" Sessions
  • Discount pricing on advisor mailing labels and email-blasts
  • Complimentary Listing in The Advisor
  • Discounted advertising in The Advisor and the National Meeting Program

As a Patron Member, you would join professional schools and national health professions associations in support of the NAAHP and its advisor membership.

Not convinced?

Here are a few testimonials from NAAHP Advisor Members.

“The benefits outweigh the cost. I could not do my job without NAAHP.”

“NAAHP is by far the most helpful and supportive professional organization I've known, and I can’t imagine trying to do my job without it.”

“Best professional organization of which I've ever been a member! Support is exceptional!”

“NAAHP membership is extremely valuable as a professional development opportunity for all advisors, but especially for those whose primary responsibilities are teaching and departmental administration. It is through my participation in regional and national meetings that I have learned how t serve my students well. Especially important have been the personal and professional relationship, built as a result of my NAAHP membership, that have informed my work as an advisor and been a source of great friendships. In addition, the opportunity to interact productively with admissions officers and other staff from the professional medical associations through out national meetings has been invaluable during my career as an advisor whose primary responsibilities were as a faculty member and chair of the Biology Department at my institution.”
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