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Requirements to Prepare for the following Health Professions:

Course Requirements:

For admission to health professional schools course requirements vary with the profession and the school, however typical requirements are as follows:

  • Introductory Biology, 2 semesters with laboratory
    Biology 210 and Biology 220
  • Inorganic Chemistry, 2 semesters with laboratory
    Chemistry 111 and Chemistry 112
  • Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters with laboratory
    Chemistry 201-202
  • Physics, 2 semesters with laboratory
    Physics 105 and Physics 106
  • Biochemistry strongly suggested
    The following courses can be used to satisfy biochemistry: Bio 412-for biology majors, CHM 411-for chemistry majors, and Bio 270-for non-science majors and Post Baccalaureate Premed students.
  • Mathematics, 1 semester of algebra and trigonometry-based necessary for physics
    Math 113

Health professional schools seek well-rounded applicants. Therefore students pursuing the health professions usually take a curriculum with a generous dose of liberal arts courses (e.g. history, philosophy, psychology, fine arts, literature, etc.) As long as the minimum requirements are met, applicants to the health professions may major in any subject area within the university.

Medical Schools that Require Biochemistry and Additional Biology Courses:

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Medical Schools that Require Math Courses:

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Factors Considered In The Health Professional School Application:

  • College overall grade point average (GPA)
    • The degree of difficulty of the course work is taken into consideration
  • College science and math GPA, including computer science
  • Scores on standardized tests (MCAT, GRE, VCAT, DAT, OAT)
    • These tests are typically taken late in the junior year or early in the senior year
  • Pre-Health Advisory Committee recommendation
    • Individual letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities/work experience
    • Experience with and knowledge of the profession (clinical experience) is essential.
    • Community Service is highly recommended.
  • Personal statement