Pre Dentistry, Pre Medicine, Pre Physician Assistant, and Pre Veterinary Medicine
Health Careers Advisory Committee
Robin G. Maxwell, Committee Chair, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology
Jeremy Ingraham, Assistant Chair, Lecturer, Department of Biology
Angela Allred, Students First Office
Bruce Banks, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Jennifer Clark, Advisor, School of Health and Human Sciences
Mark Hens, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Karen Katula, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Jessica Kennedy Mayer, Lecturer, Department of Biology
George Michel, Professor, Department of Psychology
Ron Morrison, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition
Promod Pratap Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Caitlin Saraphis, College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center
Casey Taylor, Lecturer, Department of Biology
Aaron Terranova, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Students should declare the appropriate Preprofessional interest track, upon which they will be assigned to a member of this committee for assistance in planning their program of study as their secondary advisor. They will also be automatically enrolled in the Preprofessional Programs group in Canvas, which will provide resources and communication about upcoming events, opportunities, and deadlines.
The admission requirements vary slightly among the various schools and programs. For specific information students should review the websites of the medical, dental, and veterinary medical schools that they are interested in applying to. Other sources of information are current volumes of Medical School Admission Requirements and Admission Requirements of American Dental Schools.
The Preprofessional Programs constitute a core of courses that must be completed before admission to the professional schools. They can be successfully incorporated into almost any major. It has been shown in the case of medical schools that the choice of major does not significantly affect the student’s probability of admission. Students should give consideration to any major that they find interesting and in which they feel they can do well. Nearly all students accepted to medical, dental, and veterinary schools have completed a bachelor’s degree.
The achievement of outstanding academic credentials should not be accomplished at the cost of totally sacrificing extracurricular activities. Most professional programs prefer students who have participated in nonacademic activities and actively pursued a range of interests.
In addition to the core of preparatory courses, virtually all professional schools require some form of standardized test prior to consideration of a student’s admission application. These tests are usually taken in the spring before application is made. Medical schools require the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), dental schools the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and veterinary schools the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test.
Applications to professional schools are made a year before expected matriculation, usually between June 15 and November 15. This means that the course work included on the standardized entrance test must be completed by the end of the junior year of college in order to move straight from college to professional schools without a “gap” year. Early application is strongly recommended, as interviews and acceptances go first to the earliest applicants.
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is the agent for allopathic medical schools, the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) is the agent for many dental schools, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOMAS) is the agent for oesteopathic schools, and the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is the agent for physician assistant schools. The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is the agent for most veterinary medical schools. Application information is available from the committee. Veterinary, medical, and dental schools not subscribing to one of the application services must be contacted individually.
Students interested in other post college health careers such as Optometry, Podiatric Medicine, Chiropractic Medicine, Genetic Counseling, etc. should declare a Preprofessional second major, to be assigned a member of the Health Careers Advisory Committee for assistance in planning their programs of study.
Pre Medicine Requirements
Allopathic and osteopathic medical schools generally require the categories below.
|General Biology with Laboratory||8|
|Principles of Biology I|
|Principles of Biology II|
|General Chemistry with Laboratory||8|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry I Laboratory|
|General Chemistry II|
|General Chemistry II Laboratory|
|Organic Chemistry with Laboratory|
|Organic Chemistry I|
|Organic Chemistry II|
|Organic Chemistry Laboratory|
Select one option of the following:
|Chemical Principles of Biochemistry|
|Biochemistry: Metabolic Regulation in Health and Disease|
|Physics with Laboratory||8|
Select one option of the following:
|General Physics I|
|General Physics II|
|General Physics I with Calculus|
|General Physics II with Calculus|
|A few schools require mathematics through calculus, while standardized tests often require statistics.|
|Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics|
or STA 271
|Fundamental Concepts of Statistics|
|College Writing I|
|College Writing II|
|Introduction to Sociology|
Other courses that may be required include those detailed below.
|Human Physiology with Laboratory||4|
|Cell Biology and Genetics||6|
|Functional Microscopic Anatomy with Laboratory||4|
Pre Dentistry Requirements
Dental school preparatory course requirements are usually much like those for medical school; however, they may also require anatomy in addition to the classes listed above.
|Anatomy with Laboratory|
|BIO 271||Human Anatomy||4|
Pre Physician Assistant Requirements
Physician Assistant programs are more variable in requirements then medical schools. They typically do not require Physics, but add courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Medical terminology, and Genetics.
Pre Veterinary Medicine Requirements
Veterinary school course requirements are considerably more extensive than those for medical or dental schools. In addition to specifying all of the above courses in mathematics, chemistry, and biology, these programs typically require or recommend more courses in animal science, general microbiology, animal nutrition, and possibly some business courses. Several hundred hours of work experience with animals or in a veterinarian’s practice is required. Students interested in veterinary school should make contact with the school and with the advisory committee at an early stage of their undergraduate careers.