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Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program

There are many careers that one may pursue in the area of health care. These include physicians (allopathic and osteopathic), physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, optometrists, veterinarians, and chiropractors, to name a few. These careers require completion of a graduate degree after the baccalaureate. Admission to these graduate programs typically requires the successful completion of additional courses in science, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities. The Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program is designed to allow students in any major to complete these course requirements, and provide guidance and experiences to fulfill the pre-requisites for admission to various health profession graduate programs.

The Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program is not a degree or a stand-alone program. Students MUST be in a major degree program at Endicott College to participate in the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program.

The Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program is directed by the Health Professions Advising Committee. Members of the committee also act as additional faculty advisors, helping students to select courses and suggesting internship experiences and extracurricular activities that are relevant to the fields of interest and strengthen student credentials. If required, the Health Professions Advising Committee also writes letters of recommendation for individuals applying to health profession programs that require a committee letter, such as medical school.

Grade Requirements

Professional schools typically require a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) to apply for admission. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission, as that is only one criterion among many that are assessed by admission committees. Based upon the admission requirements of a number of professional schools, the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program has the following minimum GPA requirements:

  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.00
  • Science GPA 3.00

Students must meet the GPA and course requirements upon graduation to have the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program designation appear on their transcripts with their degree. If any of the requirements of the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program are not met by the time of graduation, the designation will not appear on transcripts, but the student will still graduate with their major degree if those requirements have been met.

Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Honors

Students in the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program may also receive the designation of Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Honors if the following additional requirements are met:

  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.67
  • Science GPA 3.67
  • Competitive scores on standardized examinations
  • Recommendation of the Health Professions Advising Committee

The awarding of Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Honors will be based upon a review of a portfolio outlining academic (including Senior Thesis), extracurricular, and clinical experience and interviews during the junior and/or senior year.

Course Requirements

The required pre-requisite courses for a particular program and school are unique. Students should meet with their Health Professions advisor to select the necessary courses to complete the admission requirements for their particular field. Courses should be selected to permit students to apply to multiple programs. All pre-requisite courses for professional school may count toward the major (if allowed), any appropriate minor, General Education requirements, and the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program.

Medical, Dental, and Pharmacy Schools
Required Courses (All Courses Required for a Minimum of 44 Credits)

Students considering medical, dental, or pharmacy school must complete all of the listed required courses, as they are the minimum pre-requisites for admission and form the basis of standardized admission tests (Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, Optometry Admission Test, and Pharmacy College Admission Test).

Biology 102 and 102L Principles of Biology I (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
Biology 103 and 103L Principles of Biology II (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
Chemistry 105 and 105L General Chemistry I (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
Chemistry 106 and 106L General Chemistry II (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
Chemistry 207 and 207L Organic Chemistry I (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
Chemistry 208 and 208L Organic Chemistry II (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
Physics 107 and 107L General Physics I (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
Physics 108 and 108L General Physics II (Lecture and Laboratory) 4 credits
English 101 College Writing Seminar 3 credits
English XXX Additional Composition Course 3 credits
Mathematics 6 credits
Mathematics 135 Calculus I (Recommended)
or Mathematics 126 Applied Statistics (Recommended)
or Mathematics 128 Analysis of Functions
or Mathematics 136 Calculus II

Other Professional Programs and Recommended Elective Courses

Different health profession programs require that a specific series of courses and/or additional electives be taken as an undergraduate. Students should review the specific pre-requisite course requirements and recommendations of the health profession programs that they are planning to apply to. Many professional schools recommend taking additional courses in the humanities and social sciences to provide breadth, and science electives to provide a more extensive background for subjects covered by standardized admissions tests.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are eligible to participate in the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Professional Program and complete all of the pre-requisite courses. Although Endicott College only transfers the course credit, the Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Program will require grades from the required and/or elective courses from other institutions to calculate the Science GPA to ensure that the minimum requirements are met for the science courses. The Overall GPA for transfer students will be calculated as for all other transfer students, based on courses completed at Endicott College.

Advanced Placement Credits

The way in which health profession schools deal with AP credits is somewhat variable. Some programs will accept AP credits, as long as an additional course is taken in the same subject matter at a higher level, such as AP credit in biology in addition to a 200-level biology course. Other health profession schools do not accept AP credits as a replacement for pre-requisite courses. Students should review the AP credit policies of the graduate health profession program to which they intend to apply.

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Online Resources

Medical School

Association of American Medical Colleges

MCAT exam

Free MCAT practice questions and study advice

2015 MCAT examination guidelines

Local medical schools:
Boston University

Harvard Medical School

Tufts University Medical School

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Osteopathic Medicine

American Association for Colleges in Osteopathic Medicine

Local schools:
University of New England (Maine)

New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

American Association for Veterinary Medicine Colleges

Local schools:
Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

Cornell University

Dental Medicine

American Dental Education Association

Local Schools:
Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Physician Assistant

American Academy of Physician Assistants

Local PA Programs:
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Northeastern University

Springfield College

University of New England

Tufts University

Boston University

Graduate Schools in Biological Science

Local Schools:
Boston University, Main Campus

Boston University, Graduate Medical Sciences

Harvard University, Medical and non medical sciences

Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Multiple fields, non-medical sciences and engineering

University of New Hampshire, Life sciences and agriculture

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Multiple fields


University of Massachusetts, Worcester
Biomedical sciences

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Bio/cheminformatics, biological engineering, marine science

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