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Requirements

Pre-Health courses

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Studies Program (for students interested in medical, dental, or veterinary school)

  • Principles of Biology I, II
  • Principles of Chemistry I, II with labs
  • Organic Chemistry I, II with labs
  • Calculus I
  • College or University Physics I, II
  • First-Year Writing Seminar
  • One course in English Literature
  • Recommended: Statistics, Biochemistry
  • Recommended for MCAT 2015 students: Psychology, Sociology

Health Sciences Program (for students interested in other health-related programs)

  • Principles of Biology I, II
  • Principles of Chemistry I, II with labs
  • Organic Chemistry I with lab
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Note: These programs are available as minors for students who are not majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry.

The courses listed above provide a minimal program of preparation for the entrance exams and for admission to the graduate programs. Additional courses directly related to the chosen profession may also be needed for admission. It is highly recommended that two or more of the courses listed above be taken in the first semester at Manhattanville. The sequence in which these courses are taken should be discussed with a member of the PHPAC as early as possible in the academic career to ensure the best possible advice.

Admission to graduate programs in the health professions is highly selective. To compete successfully for admission, students must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative G.P.A. and a 3.0 G.P.A. in the courses listed above while at Manhattanville. Students should be aware that some professional schools require a G.P.A. higher than 3.0. Students should also be aware that some professional schools require a very strong performance on a standardized entrance exam (MCAT or DAT, for example).

 


 

 

Three sample course sequences appear below.  Please note that these are not the only routes. 

Sequence 1

-Prepares a student to take the MCAT, DAT, or other entrance exam at the end of his/her Junior year:

Freshman Year                                   Sophomore Year

Principles of Chemistry I, II                    Organic Chemistry I, II

Principles of Biology I, II                        Physics I, II

Calculus I                                             English Literature

First Year Writing Seminar      

Junior Year (choose from the following courses & prepare for entrance exam)*

Psychology                                            Biochemistry

Sociology                                              Statistics

Molecular Cell Biology                            Microbiology

Human Anatomy and Physiology             Immunology

Histology                                              Recombinant DNA Technology

*These and possibly other courses might be required or recommended by the chosen health profession/field of study or interested professional schools.  Students should check admissions requirements for individual schools to which they intend to apply.

Sequence 2

-Puts less stress on the student in his/her first year, but still allows him/her to be ready for entrance exams at the end of Junior year:

Freshman Year                                  Sophomore Year

Principles of Chemistry I, II                   Organic Chemistry I, II

Calculus I or Biology I, II**                   Biology I, II or Calculus I or Physics I, II **

First Year Writing Seminar                     English Literature

Junior Year

Physics I, II or Biology I, II**

Psychology

Sociology

Any other field-specific requirements

**Biology majors must take Biology first.

Sequence 3

-Allows the student to distribute the pre-health courses throughout four years and take additional time to prepare for entrance exams and applications:

Freshman Year                                  Sophomore Year

Principles of Chemistry I, II                   Principles of Chemistry I, II
     or Biology I, II**                                  or Biology I,II** 

First Year Writing Seminar                      Calculus I

Junior Year                                         Senior Year

Organic Chemistry I, II (with labs)          Physics I, II

English Literature                                   Sociology

Psychology                                            Any other field-specific requirements

**Biology majors must take Biology first.

 

Students can and will have much flexibility in the sequence and/or starting time of taking the core courses.  However, to make sure that they are fulfilling all requirements in a timely manner, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT they consult with me or a member of the PHPAC each semester before the add/drop deadline.