Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships

Pre-Health Concentration

Pre-Health Professions Checklist


The Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships (OPPAF) has created a checklist to expedite the planning process.

Course Requirements | Composite Letter | Staying Informed
Information for the Pre-Medical Council | Personal Statement/Essay


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Course Requirements
Students who are preparing for entrance into professional schools offering degrees in medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, chiropractic and veterinary medicine or the physician’s assistant diploma should check with their advisers regarding specific courses and requirements.

Medicine M.D./D.O.
All science courses listed below are one-year sequences with labs.

  • 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.  Check prerequisites carefully. 
  • Due to changes in the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)  beginning in 2015 students must additionally a take courses Biochemistry, Psychology, Sociology and Statistics in order to score successfully on this critical exam.

Dentistry
Minimum three years undergraduate, B.A. or B.S. preferred.
All science courses listed below are one-year sequences with labs.

  • 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.  Check prerequisites carefully. 

Podiatry
All science courses listed below are one-year sequences with labs.

  • 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. 

Optometry
Minimum three years; B.A. or B.S. preferred. All science courses listed below are one-year sequences with labs.

General Biology 111 and 112

  • General Chemistry 111and 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.

Chiropractic
All science courses listed below are one-year sequences with labs.

  • General Chemistry 111and 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.  Check prerequisites carefully.

Veterinary Medicine
All science courses listed below are one-year sequences with labs.

  • 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. Check prerequisites carefully.  

Physician Assistant
Varies with each school but may include two semesters each:

  • 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. Check prerequisites carefully.
Some schools have very specific requirements often including organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, one semester of math (i.e. statistics),  and/or psychology.  Check prerequisites carefully.

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Composite Letter
Most professional schools require a composite letter from a Premedical Council for the admissions application.  Adelphi’s Premedical Council will write a composite letter for your application to professional school.  You should select a faculty member from the Premedical Council who knows you best and who will write a strong composite letter on your behalf. This letter consists mainly of six parts:

  1. Your waiver of rights to inspect the composite letter and letters of evaluations; waiver of rights allowing the Council to gain access to your disciplinary records held in the Office of Student Affairs, granting the Council rights to share those records with the professional schools to which you apply.

  2. You should select a faculty member from the Pre-medical Council who knows you best and who you believe will be able to write a strong composite letter on your behalf. If you do not wish to approach someone on the Council to write your composite letter, the Council will elect a member to write it on your behalf.

  3. A description of you that includes some personal history, focusing on your strong and weak characteristics, both academic as well as non-academic. They will also highlight comments from the various letters of evaluation you have received.

  4. Verbatim reproduction of 5 or more letters of evaluation (3 from science/math faculty).

  5. Conclusion and summary.

  6. Attached letters from non-academic sources where applicable.

Most professional schools admit students on a continuing basis beginning in the fall (rolling admissions). It is in your best interest to have your application completed by early fall.

DEADLINE DATE: All material for your Pre-Medical Council composite letter MUST be submitted no later than May 15 at the end of your junior year! 

Click here for more information on admission requirements

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Staying Informed
You are responsible for staying on top of deadlines and informational opportunities.

Facebook page
Check out our Facebook page for AU Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships (OPPAF).

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You must submit the following to OPPAF for the Pre-Medical Council:

1. A picture for identification purposes. After picture is received you will be given evaluation forms.

2. Solicit a minimum of 5 faculty evaluations (3 from science/math faculty) and to verify with OPPAF that they have been received. Due date: May 15, at the end of junior year.

3. A resume that includes the following:

  • Name, Home Address/Dorm Address (if applicable), Cell Phone/ Home Phone/Dorm Phone (if applicable)
  • Overall GPA and Science GPA (include math, chemistry, biology and physics)
  • A list of honors and awards (including those received in high school).
  • A succinct description of your clinical experience.
  • A list of jobs or work experience. Be sure to state the number of hours per week you worked while in school.
  • The fields in which you are majoring and/or minoring.
  • The areas of research in which you are working, the name of the faculty member who is your mentor, and your research project title.
  • Any significant information you feel the Premedical Council should know i.e. worked 40 hours per week and thus grades in sophomore semester were low... had personality conflict and thus got a “C” in Drawing Workshop course... scored low in Quantitative Section of MCAT but got “A’s” grades in Calculus and Physics... etc.

4. A copy of transcripts from all colleges you ever attended.

5. A copy of your electronic application from Application Services, which are Online (see below). Make sure that you include a complete listing of all professional schools to which you are applying, with their addresses. (Note: If you are applying online, you may print them from the online application.) Your name and online application ID number from the application service must appear on all pages.

6. A copy of your MCAT, DAT, OAT, or GRE results.

7. You must take the appropriate admission test in the spring of your junior year (or fall of your senior year).

8. You must inform OPPAF of all interviews, rejections and acceptances in writing and advise us of the school that you will be attending.

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Personal Statement/Essay
OPPAF strongly recommends that you have your personal statement/essay reviewed before submitting your application to any professional schools.

Please make an appointment with the Writing Center or Learning Center on campus to begin work on your personal statement after reviewing these guidelines. (PDF 47 KB)

You may also contact OPPAF Director Robert Schwartz o at the contact listed below.


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Contact
If you have any questions or comments about this page, please contact:

Robert Schwartz
Director
Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships
Levermore Hall, Room 303
p - 516.877.3140
f - 516.877.3141
e - rschwartz@adelphi.edu

This page was last modified on December 10, 2013.
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