Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Curriculum

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program aims to provide its students with the necessary courses for their application to the health profressional school of their choise.  Many students accepted to the program are interested in pursuing a doctoral level health profession (medical/dental school); these prerequisites are outlined below.  Other students may be pursuing a number of different programs (Physicians Assistant, Physical Therapy, etc).  The advisors for the program will work with individual students to accomodate these interests.  All students will be expected to take any pre or co requisites for a given class.

For post-baccalaureate students pursuing doctoral level health professions (please click here for specifics regarding different health professions):

In general, doctoral level health professions schools expect that applicants will have completed the following courses before applying to a professional school (several options are listed below; speak to an advisor about alternatives):

One year of English:

WRT 102 fulfills half of this requirement (as well as completion of your DEC A writing requirement).  Students often choose one class from EGL 191, EGL 192, EGL 193, WRT 301, or WRT 302 to fulfill the other half, but many English literature or Writing courses are equally appropriate.  AP credits are not applicable.  Speak to an advisor for more information..

One year of college Mathematics (with at least one semester of calculus).  Options include:

MAT 123 & MAT 125; OR MAT 125 & MAT 126; OR MAT 131 & MAT 132; OR MAT 141 & 142.  AP credits may be applicable.  Speak to an advisor for more information.

One year of general Chemistry and Chemistry lab. Options include:

CHE 129, CHE 130, CHE 133 (lab) & CHE 132, CHE 134 (lab) OR
CHE 131, CHE 133 (lab) & CHE 132, CHE 134 (lab) OR
CHE 141, CHE 143 (lab) & CHE 142, CHE 144 (lab).
Many students with AP credit for Chemistry will take the CHE 141, 142 honors sequence.  Speak to an advisor for more information.

One year of Biology and Biology lab:

Two semesters of lecture and the accompanying lab courses, usually BIO 202, BIO 203, BIO 204 (lab), & BIO 205 (lab).   Students with a 4 or a 5 on the AP examination are expected to complete at least 8 additional credits of more advanced biology with labs.

One semester of Biochemistry
BIO 361 - Biochemistry I

One year of Physics and Physics lab. Options include:

PHY 121, PHY 123 (lab) & PHY 122, PHY 124 (lab) OR
PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127 & 133 (lab), 134 (lab)  OR
PHY 131, PHY 133 (lab) & PHY 132, PHY 134 (lab).

One year of Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry lab. Options include:

CHE 321, CHE 322 & CHE 327 (lab) OR
CHE 321, CHE 326, & CHE 327 (lab)

Some health professions schools have additional requirements. Veterinary schools often require one semester of microbiology and biochemistry. (Cornell Veterinary School prefers two semesters of biochemistry.) Students should have field experience as well: two 10-week sessions--one with large animals, one with small animals. Optometry schools generally require one semester of statistics and one of psychology, and some desire one semester of abnormal psychology.