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Requirements

Medical, Dental and Veternarian schools are quite standardized as far as academic entrance requirements are concerned. The following CC courses will meet the basic requirements for most medical, dental and vet schools:

Pre-Requisite for Pre-Health Track (Medical, Dental, Vet, Podiatry, Optometry)

Biology : 1 intro course:  BY105, BY106, BY107

Cell Biology: 1 course:  BY131

General Chemistry : 2 courses:  CH107, CH108

Organic Chemistry:  2 courses:  CH250, CH251

Biochemistry:  1 course:  CH382

Physics : 2 courses:  PC141, PC142 or PC241, PC242

English : 2 courses:  1 literature course and 1 writing intensive course

Mathematics : 2 courses:  Probability & Statistics MA117, Calculus 1 MA126, Calculus 2 MA129

Additional recommended courses:
Genetics BY361
Anatomy HK204
Physiology HK321

Pre-Requisite for Pre-Health Track (PA, PT, Nursing)

Biology : 1 intro course:  BY105, BY106, **BY107

Cell Biology: 1 course:  BY131

General Chemistry : 2 courses:  CH107, CH108

Organic Chemistry:  2 courses:  CH250, CH251 (**Nursing & PA)

Biochemistry:  1 course:  CH382 (**Nursing & PA)

Physics : 2 courses:  PC141, PC142 or PC241, PC242 (PT) (**PA)

English : 2 courses:  1 literature course and 1 writing intensive course

Mathematics : 2 courses:  Probability & Statistics MA117, Calculus 1 MA126, Calculus 2 MA129 (stats required for Nursing)

Psychology:  1 course: PY100 (some schools require 2 courses for PT & Nursing)

Anatomy:  1 course:  HK204

Physiology:  1 course:  HK321

Genetics:  1 course:  BY231 (*varies by school)

*NOTE:  Course requirements vary from each program and profession.  Please check course listing on the schools; website.

**NOTE:  Recommended for PA or Nursing

Veterinary schools may emphasize a science major requirement or favor graduates with a science degree. It is worth examining the admissions policy of any veterinary schools of interest.

Other health professions schools, including Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant programs, are likely to have other specific course requirements and are not as standardized as Medical and Dental school requirements. 

To determine the specific course requirements for a particular medical school or dental school, consult reference books are available in the Health Professions Advising Office. The MCAT, DAT and GRE tests cover basic science, so the above courses should be completed before taking any exams.

Students today are often waiting a year or more after graduation before applying to a health professions school. This does not put the applicant at a disadvantage; many medical schools look favorably upon applicants who have taken an extra year or two to mature, gain work experience, and thus make a better decision regarding a career in health professions.

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