The pre-health program is administered jointly by the Committee for the Health Professions and by the Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development. Any student interested in a career in the health professions (medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, nursing, etc.) should contact the center as soon as possible.
At the beginning of the academic year, first-year students who have expressed an interest in a health-related career receive a notice to attend an informational meeting. At this meeting, we will cover information regarding required coursework and the pre-health advising program. Following this meeting, we will add interested individuals to the pre-health student list.
We will assign each student to one of the committee members as their pre-health advisor. The advisor will work with the student each semester on course selection and will draft the committee letter of recommendation when the student/alum applies to professional school. The committee also provides advice and prepares evaluations for students interested in any of the health professions. The pre-health professions advisor in the center supports all pre-health students with health career information and assistance as requested by students during the professional school application and interview process.
The majority of students accepted into medical schools major in one of the sciences. Pursuing other majors is possible, but students must show their ability to do superior work in biology, chemistry and physics.
If planning to attend professional school immediately following graduation, students in all majors should finish their science courses by the end of junior year to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or other professional exams. At the earliest, candidates should take these tests in the spring of the junior year. Many professional school applicants choose to wait until after graduation to take the tests and apply for professional school programs.
Common courses to complete before professional school application
Chemistry: 5 semesters (inorganic - 131, 132 or 141 plus 243; organic - 241, 242 and biochemistry – 331, no lab, or 342, with lab)
Biology: 2 semesters (131, 132 - these courses are not sequential)
Physics: 2 semesters (sequence 141, 142 preferred; however, 131, 132 will suffice)
Mathematics: 2 semesters (choose a sequence: 170, 171 or 170, 121)
English/writing: 2 semesters
Psychology/sociology: Discuss options for specific courses with your pre-health advisor.
Explore prerequisite courses for potential schools in the first year. Some additional prerequisite courses suggested by individual professional schools might include those in statistics, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, histology, vertebrate anatomy, metabolism, physiology and humanities courses.
Learning opportunities outside of coursework
Both the pre-health program and Pre-Health Society, the student club for those with an interest in pursuing health professions, provide workshops with alumni and guest speakers discussing treatments, techniques and educational opportunities. Many of these programs are interactive and offer students opportunities to connect directly with professionals in various medical and healthcare fields. Career interest groups are available for students exploring dentistry (the DDS Group), veterinary medicine (VET) and those exploring professions such as physical and occupational therapy, among others (Allied Health).