Summer/Winter Sessions

Students are encouraged to speak with a pre-health advisor for advice on taking winter and/or summer classes.

Pre-health students take science courses for three reasons:

  • Health professions schools have science prerequisites,
  • Students need to show that they are academically strong in order to be competitive applicants
  • Students need scientific knowledge in their profession. 

Keep all three of these points in mind when considering summer courses.  Even though students might seek to “get prerequisites out of the way” in summer, schools might not be impressed by summer work - especially in the case of a student whose performance in science courses is weak during the academic year.  For students who already have a good track record in science and mathematics courses, summer coursework can be a useful tool.  A student who has a 3.5 or above grade point average and no grades below a B in science or math is a good candidate for summer coursework.  Students who have not achieved this level of academic performance and students who wish to apply to selective graduate programs should consult with their pre-health advisor regarding summer courses and strategies to build a strong application.

All courses required should be taken at a four-year institution, not a community college.  Transfer students who have taken pre-health requirements at a community college should have those courses evaluated but once they are enrolled at a four-year institution they are encouraged to complete their remaining pre-health requirements there.