Appendix A: Recommended Prerequisites for Healthcare Programs

Healthcare ProfessionsMinimum Course Requirements
See professions’s website for more information
Other RequirementsRecommended Experiences
Healthcare Professions Minimum Course Requirements
See professions’s website for more information
Other Requirements Recommended Experiences
Physician
(M.D. / D.O.)

Biology 117/201
Chemistry 111/112/211/212
Math through 152
Physics 201/202
Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Psy 102; Soc 101)
English 101 + Literature course

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Excellent GPA (typically>3.5)
Recommendation from Pre-Health Committee
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

Shadowing/internships with medical professionals
Research with faculty members

Physician Assistant
(PA-C)

Biology 117/201/210/425 (many require 300/332)
Chemistry 111/112 (some require 211/212)
Math 151
Statistics 161, 162, or 163
Medical Terminology
Psychology 102 + additional Psychology course (321 or 220)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Strong GPA (typically>3.3)
Health care expeirence
Letters of recommendation
Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
Strong extracurricular involvement
Research with faculty members
Physical Therapist
(DPT)

Biology 117/201/310/425
Chemistry 111/112
Math 151
Statistics 161, 162, or 163
Physics 201/202
Psychology 201 + additional Psychology course

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Strong GPA (typically>3.3)
Experience with physical therapy
Letters of recommendation
Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)
Strong extracurricular involvement
Research with faculty members

Occupational Therapist
(MOT)

Biology 117/310 or 311/425
Statistics 161, 162, or 163
Medical Terminology
Psychology 102/321
English 101 + Literature course
Many also require Chemistry 111 and Physics 201

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Strong GPA (typically>3.2)
Experience with occupational therapy
Letters of recommendation
Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS)

Research with faculty members
Leadership in extracurricular activities
Pharmacist
(Pharm.D.)

Biology 117/201/332/425 (many recommend 430)
Chemistry 111/112/211/212
Math through 151/161
Physics 201/202
Some recommend a course in Economics

Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
Excellent GPA (typically>3.5)
Experience with pharmacy
Letters of recommendation
Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS)

Pharmacy or similar work/volunteer experience
Research with faculty members
Dentist
(D.D.S.)
Biology 117/201
Chemistry 111/112/211/212
Math through 152
Physics 201/202
English 101 + Literature course
Dental Admission Test (DAT)
Excellent GPA (typically>3.5)
Recommendation from Pre-Health Committee
American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
Shadowing/internships with dental professionals
Research with faculty members

Clinical/Counseling Psychologist
(Ph.D./Psy.D.)

Psychology major or minimum of 18 hours
Courses should include 102/210/211/315/321
Statistics 161, 162, or 163

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Strong GPA (typically>3.5)
Letters of recommendation
Graduate School Application

Internship with mentally ill or related group of clients
Research with faculty members

Professional Counselor
(LPC)
Psychology major or minimum of 18 hours
Recommended courses are 101/102/210/211/220/321/422
Statistics 161, 162, or 163
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GPA (typically>3.0)
Letters of recommendation
Graduate School Application
Internship with mentally ill or related group of clients
Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW)
No specific major is recommended
Should pursue board-based undergraduate education
Statistics 161, 162, or 163
Biology 105 or 117
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GPA (typically>2.7)
Letters of Recommendation
Graduate School Application
Internship in social services or related work experience
Veterinarian
(D.V.M.)
Biology 117/201/430 (some require 332)
Chemistry 111/112/211/212
Math through 151
Physics 201/202
English 101 + Literature course
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Excellent GPA (typically>3.5)
Significant experience working with veterinarian
Letters of recommendation
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
Research with faculty members
Optometrist
(D.O.)

Biology 117/201/311/332/425/430
Chemistry 111/112/211/212
Math through 151
Statistics 161, 162, or 163
Physics 201/202
English (2 semesters)
Psychology 101 or 102

Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
Excellent GPA (average is 3.45)
30 hours shadowing an optometrist
Letters of recommendation
Optometry Centralized Application Service (OptomCAS)
Research with faculty members


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