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2021-2022 Catalog

Health Professions

Any of the majors in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science curriculums provide the necessary background for entrance into the health professions, including schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, and veterinary medicine. Health professions students should follow their own intellectual and academic interests provided that the program of study includes one year of biology with labs, physics with labs, and writing intensive coursework, as well as two years of chemistry with labs. Some health profession schools require or recommend one year of college mathematics, including a semester or full year of calculus and/or statistics, and recommend courses in biology and chemistry. No course should be taken on a pass-fail basis. It is advisable, but not necessary, that students planning healthcare careers take more than the minimum number of science courses, which can be arranged regardless of major.

Health professions students work with the Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs, Career Services, and the Health Professions Advisory Committee in preparation for admission to a health professions school. First-year and sophomore students should register to meet with a Gateway adviser in Career Services. The Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs is available to assist students in areas related to health professions school admissions, preparation for the MCAT, GRE, and DAT, and selection of a school. The Health Professions Program sponsors a number of related activities as well as informational meetings to assist students. Any student interested in health professions should contact the Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs, as well as consult catalogs from the schools in which they are interested. Reference materials are available in the Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs, Career Services, and the reference section in Skillman Library.