Admission to graduate programs in the health professions normally requires additional courses outside of the chosen major. This additional study can be accomplished through our pre-medical studies program, which provides undergraduate students with the appropriate educational and experiential background necessary to meet the entrance requirements (including coursework required to prepare for standardized entrance examinations) of the different graduate programs in the health professions.
The pre-medical studies program must be declared in addition to another degree and is not a stand-alone program.
Students should directly seek advice from a member of the Pre-Health Professions Committee. In addition to helping students to select courses, faculty advisers from the Pre-Health Professions Committee suggest extracurricular activities to meet the specific requirements for the field of interest.
These activities include participation in basic/applied research; clinical work; volunteer work; experiences that increase personal integrity, interpersonal skills, maturity and illustrate a genuine interest in medicine (i.e., alternative spring break opportunities and philanthropic activities); leadership experiences/effective teamwork; computer literacy; and opportunity to develop interviewing skills.
The committee also writes letters of recommendation for individuals applying to postgraduate studies in the health professions that require a committee letter.