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The Health Professions and Prelaw Center staff is dedicated to helping Indiana University Bloomington students and alumni become thoughtful, well-prepared applicants to professional schools. If you are an IUB student or alum and wish to make an appointment please carefully follow the instructions on our appointment scheduling page.

We encourage prospective high school and transfer students to schedule a campus tour. As part of your visit, on select days during the fall and spring semesters the Health Professions and Prelaw Center is glad to provide a group information session for prospective students and their families. Click HERE to schedule a campus tour.




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Mac Francis

Director and Prelaw Advisor

Mac Francis, J.D., is an attorney and Labor Arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). He has served as Executive Board Member of the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors (MAPLA) for approximately ten years, was President for two years, and was the MAPLA representative on the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC) for four years.  Mac has an extensive background in academics at Indiana University, and is especially concerned with helping prelaw students achieve their professional, intellectual, and personal goals.

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Rachel Tolen

Assistant Director and Premedical Advisor

Rachel Tolen, Ph.D., specializes in advising premedical students. Rachel grew up in Bloomington, attended Indiana University as an undergraduate student, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to Indiana University and worked for a number of years advising international students before joining the Health Professions and Prelaw Center. In 2014, Rachel was the recipient of the Terri Nation Outstanding Academic Advisor Award. Rachel currently serves as an At-Large Representative on the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Board of Directors.  Rachel is interested in the ways that a strong and broad undergraduate education can prepare students to become thoughtful, well-trained providers in the healthcare fields.

David Owen

Pre-Health Professions Advisor

David Owen, M.P.A. grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. For college, he first attended Moody Bible Institute for three years studying Bible and Theology. From there he transferred to University of Chicago to complete his bachelors degree. Since he received no transfer credit from his previous college work, he spent the next four years enjoying a profoundly liberal arts education and studying ancient Near East languages and civilizations. His career of twenty-five years in college student services also began at University of Chicago: first in career services (one year), then academic advising (fours years) to health professions advising (ten years) and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (PSOM, 5 years). During his time as a health professions adviser he served on th PSOM admissions committee, and in various roles on the board of the Central Association of Advisers for the Health Professions, including president.  In that role he also served on the board of the National Association of  Advisers for the Health Professions.  After moving to Bloomington, he returned to his first love—advising. At IUPUI he worked in health professions and academic advising (4 years), and began full-time health professions advising at HPPLC in June of 2016. He advises for all of the graduate health professions, offering 45-minute appointments, and occasionally, drop-in meetings. His approach is help students develop as students and pre-professionals, self-assess accurately and make a realistic plan to achieve their goals.

Amanda Posto

Pre-Health Professions Advisor

Amanda has an MA in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior with a specialization in Genetics from Indiana University Bloomington. She also completed her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry at IUB. Amanda conducted research on campus for many years and has a deep and abiding passion for the sciences. Amanda is excited to bring her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to help Indiana University Bloomington students achieve their goals as they work towards a professional health degree.