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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.

Richard Hvale

Health Professions Advisor

Richard began working as an academic advisor for IU Bloomington during the summer of 1992.  Before joining the Health Professions and Prelaw Center in August 2009, he advised first-year students, continuing students, and students in academic difficulty.  He worked for two and one-half years as an academic advisor in the Kelley School of Business.  Richard derives satisfaction from helping students determine, strive toward, and achieve their academic goals.  His interests include reading history, watching classical movies, and going to museums.

Eric Beckstrom

Health Professions Advisor

Eric Beckstrom, M.A., has taught at Ivy Tech, Indiana University, and St. Cloud State University in his native state of Minnesota. He has been an advisor since 2002, working with students in University Division before joining the HPPLC staff in 2005. Eric especially enjoys helping students understand the true purpose of their undergraduate experience while advising current students and alumni throughout the process of becoming well prepared applicants to professional programs such as OT, PT, and PA. Eric has done graduate and post-graduate work in English, Film Studies, and American Studies.

Amanda Posto

Office Coordinator

Amanda Posto, M.A., has a background in biology and chemistry and completed a Master’s degree in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior at Indiana University in 2009. Prior to joining the HPPLC staff in 2014, Amanda worked as a research technician in the Institute for Pheromone Research in the Chemistry Department and in a microbiology lab in the Biology Department.