Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi

Meet Your HPAO Advisors


Dr. Sovent Taylor 

Director  |

Advisor for pre-medical, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-dentistry, and pre-optometry. Students must have a BA or a BS degree to enter into the previous health professions.


Ms. Kelli Hutchens

Assistant Director |

Advises pre-medical, pre-physician assistant, pre-veterinary. Students must have a BA or a BS degree to enter into the previous health professions. She also advises to Medical Technology.


Mr. Andrew Bilbo

Academic Advisor  |

Advises students interested in pursuing careers in nursing. This includes students who are admitted to the Freshman Early Entry program (FEE) and those who seek entry into traditional or accelerated BSN programs. 



Dr. Vikki Spann

Academic Advisor  |

Advises dental hygiene, radiologic sciences, histotechnology, medical laboratory science, health informatics and information management. These program are considered 2+ or 3+ programs where a student can enter into the professional school after 2 or 3 years of coursework, but students can also receive a different bachelor’s degree and enter one of the above professional programs.


ALL CURRENT STUDENTS make your advising appointment by clicking here.  appointment button 2
*Please be sure to choose your correct program and advisor*

To receive more information
Please enroll in the HPAO (Health Professions Advising Office) by clicking here.  By enrolling in the HPAO, you are in our Blackboard “Health Professions” course and will receive information for University of Mississippi HPAO students.

We encourage you to schedule your official visit through the University of Mississippi Office of Admissions. Please contact Whitney Sweeney, visit coordinator, at and 662.915.7226.

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