Planning for advanced study in the health professions requires a great deal of preparation.

Register with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships early in your college career and no later than the end of your sophomore year. In the fall of your junior year, students will make an appointment with the director, to discuss the application procedure and finalize the process of gathering letters of evaluation. Early consultation with the departmental and pre-health advisers are recommended to discuss your career plans, assure appropriate course selection and to keep track of your progress.

Those with a bachelor’s degree in non-science disciplines can prepare for health professional school admission by participating in the post-baccalaureate pre-med program. Candidates with degrees in non-science disciplines can take the required pre-health courses and appropriate ancillary courses and receive advising and letters of evaluation in support of their professional school applications.

Science graduates interested in becoming health professionals may also participate in this program or may benefit by enrolling in the MS in Biology to improve their pre-medical credentials. They too will receive full pre-health support services.

Starting the Process

Important tips are you begin your pre-health studies.

Make an appointment with a pre-health professional adviser or with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships to discuss your interests and options.

Conduct informational interviews with health care professionals and current medical students to learn more about the field or a particular career path.

Utilize the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships to find Adelphi alumni to talk with about your career interests.

Volunteer or intern in a medical setting to gain hands-on experience and focus your interests. Participate in community service activities or other volunteer opportunities outside of a medical setting.

Participate in original scientific research with faculty

For pre-dental students: The Dental Preceptorship Program provides clinical experience and observation in pedodontics, periodontics, oral-facial maxillary surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, and other specialties.

Consult with Career and Professional Development for internship opportunities.

Most successful applicants have experience related to working in the health professions in addition to strong academic records. Students planning to apply to health professional schools often use their volunteer experience to validate that this is indeed the right career choice for them. Volunteer work is also indicative of their concern for others and potential leadership skills.

Pre-Health Course Requirements

Check prerequisites carefully.

  • General Chemistry 111 and 112
  • Organic Chemistry 251, 252, 253, 254
  • General Biology 111 and 112
  • Physics 111 and 112 or Physics 113 and 114

Depending on where you apply, some schools may have other requirements such as English, math (i.e. calculus or statistics) or psychology.

  • General Biology 111 and 112
  • General Chemistry 111 and 112
  • Organic Chemistry 251, 252, 253, 254
  • Physics 111 and 112 or Physics 113 and 114

Depending on where you apply, some schools may have other requirements such as English, math (i.e. calculus) and upper-level biology courses. It is highly recommended to take advanced courses such as anatomy, histology, physiology and biochemistry.

  • General Biology 111 and 112
  • General Chemistry 111 and 112
  • Organic Chemistry 251, 252, 253, 254
  • Physics 111 and 112 or Physics 113 and 114

Depending on where you apply, some schools may have other requirements such as English, math (i.e. calculus) and/or upper-level biology courses.

Due to changes in the MCAT, starting in 2015 students must additionally take courses biochemistry, psychology, sociology and statistics in order to score successfully on this critical exam.

  • General Biology 111 and 112
  • General Chemistry 111 and 112
  • Organic Chemistry (251, 252, 253, 254)
  • Physics 111 and 112 or Physics 113 and 114

Depending on where you apply, some schools may have other requirements such as English, math (i.e. calculus or statistics) or psychology.  Specific additional requirements as recommended by individual schools. Check prerequisites carefully.

  • General Biology 111 and 112
  • General Chemistry 111 and 112

Depending on where you apply, some schools have specific requirements including organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, math (e.g., statistics), and psychology.

  • General Biology 111 and 112
  • General Chemistry 111 and 112
  • Organic Chemistry 251, 252, 253, 254
  • Physics 111 and 112 or Physics 113 and 114

Depending on where you apply, some schools have other requirements such as English, math (i.e. calculus) and upper-level biology courses. Check prerequisites carefully.

  • General Biology 111 and 112
  • General Chemistry 111 and 112
  • Organic Chemistry 251, 252, 253, 254
  • Physics 111 and 112 or Physics 113 and 114

Some schools have very specific requirements often including microbiology, statistics, biochemistry, animal science, nutrition, and/or English.

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