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To be "pre-health” means you are seeking admission to a health professional program, upon completion of a baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.S., etc.), such as Medicine (Allopathic/Osteopathic), Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, & etc. The term also means that you are embarking on a specific course of study and gaining experience outside the classroom aimed at preparing you to be a qualified and well-rounded applicant.

Although we provide information on our website, students are responsible for researching specific admissions requirements for each school of interest and incorporating any special/additional requirements into their academic schedule. Each health professional school sets its own requirements regarding courses. When in doubt, students are encouraged to check with the admission offices of the health professional schools to which they are applying.

The Office of Pre-Health Advisement offers advisement for the tracks listed below. Multiple handouts for these areas are available to print from our website, and are available in the HNB 120 lobby.

  • Medicine (Allopathic (MD)
  • Medicine (Osteopathic (DO)
  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Naturopathic Medicine (ND)

 


 

COMMON PRE-HEALTH PREREQUISITE COURSES

Individual health professions schools set their own admission requirements.  However, all expect applicants must have a solid foundation in the sciences.

Pre-Health Sample Schedules

For detailed information on academic and extracurricular requirements within the health professions, please make an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor.

General Biology

2 semesters with lab

BISC 120Lxg or 121Lg + BISC 220L or 221L

General Chemistry

2 semesters with lab

CHEM 105aLg or CHEM 115aLG + CHEM 105bL or CHEM 115bL

Physics

2 semesters with lab

PHYS 135aL or PHYS 151Lg + PHYS 135bL or PHYS 152L

Organic Chemistry

2 semesters with lab

CHEM 322aL or CHEM 325aL + CHEM 322bL or CHEM 325bL

Mathematics

1 semester of calc, 1 semester of stats

Calculus: MATH 125 and/or MATH 126, Stats: MATH 208x, BISC 305, HP 340, MATH 114 with PSYC 274, or equivalent stats course

Molecular Biology

1 semester

BISC 320 (fall only)

Biochemistry

1 semester

BISC 330 (spring only)

English

2 semester

WRIT 150 + WRIT 340

Introductory psychology

1 semester

PSYC 100

Introductory Sociology

1 semester

SOCI 200, SOCI 210g, SOCI 242, SOCI 360m, or SOCI 475

PLEASE NOTE:

  • A number of schools require a molecular biology course (BISC 320L), others strongly recommend it. Also fourteen of the 134 allopathic (MD) schools require biochemistry (BISC 330) while over seventy more suggest it. Biochemistry will be required for the new MCAT in 2015. Some health professional schools may recommend or require additional sciences, such as physiology, anatomy, microbiology, etc. Please meet with a Pre-Health Advisor for more information.
  • Some health professional schools require one semester of math (Calculus I and/or II-Math 125 and/or 126), while others require one year of math, and any two math courses (including Statistics) would meet this requirement. Knowledge of statistics will be required for MCAT 2015.  Please check with individual schools.
  • Many health professional schools require or recommend that students take courses in areas such as languages (e.g., Spanish), humanities, and social sciences. Please check with individual schools. A background in psychology and sociology is highly recommended for the 2015 MCAT, which had added a section on the Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior.
  • The new MCAT will be introduced in 2015. In addition to general chemistry with lab (one year); general biology with lab (one year); organic chemistry with lab (one year); physics with lab (one year); & English (one year), the following are also recommended prior to taking the MCAT 2015: biochemistry (one semester); statistics (one semester); introductory psychology; introductory sociology; and a research methods course(s). Please review the Preview Guide for the MCAT 2015 for more detailed information. Click here for the MCAT Preview Guide 2015.
  • All pre-health requirements must be taken for a letter grade and, for the majority of the health professional schools, that letter grade must be a "C" or better.

 

Choosing a Major

No particular major is required for admission to health professional school. Choose your major based on your interests and an area that you find exciting, which at the same time, will keep you academically competitive. It is possible to major in any academic discipline and still complete the science courses required for health professional schools. Health professional schools are also interested in students who have a well-rounded education, and an understanding gained through the study of literature, history, & the social and behavioral sciences. The ability to read, write, think critically, and to do well in the sciences, are crucial for successful admission to health professional schools.

EXPLORING HEALTH PROFESSIONS