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.
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.
For detailed information on academic and extracurricular requirements within the health professions, please make an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor.
- Fourteen of the 134 allopathic (MD) schools require biochemistry (BISC 330L). Biochemistry will be required for the MCAT 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.
- NOTE: RE: Biochemistry: If you are a non-science majors: CHEM 350 (fa), which is a combined molecular biology and biochemistry course, is for non-biology and chemistry majors and will not have a lab. In addition, BISC 312 will be offered in the fall and spring. Science majors (e.g., biology, chemistry, etc.) will still need to take BISC 320Lg in the Fall semesters and BISC 330L in the Spring semesters.
- Some health professional schools require one semester of math (Calculus I and/or II-Math 125g 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 the 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 introductory psychology and sociology is highly recommended for the MCAT 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.
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.