Pre-Health Profession Academic Requirements

As a Pre-health student at SUNY New Paltz, you will focus on two areas of academic preparation. First, medical school expect you to have completed a BA or BS degree so you must fulfill the college-wide requirements necessary to graduate (general education and major requirements); second, you must complete the requirements for admission to a professional school. Consequently, students will complete the general education requirement, a major program of study, and the necessary courses for entrance into a professional school.

Below we have listed the courses required by nearly all health profession schools (N.B. you may also want to consult with the specific website suggested for the particular type of medicinal practice of interest). For example, Pre-DVM students should follow the same course of study and prepare for either the GRE or the VCAT exams. In addition, Veterinary Medicine schools may have additional course requirements, such as a large animal physiology course and/or parasitology.

Students interested in Physical or Occupational Therapy should also take courses in Anatomy OR Physiology, Statistics, and anywhere between 3-9 credits in the social sciences (e.g. Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Lifespan Development). While a year of General Chemistry with labs is required by most all DPT programs, Organic Chemistry is not.

Normally, you should complete these courses by the end of your junior year since the standardized national entrance exams are taken at that time and are based upon the contents of these courses.

Advanced Placement Students: If you receive AP credit for one (or more) of the courses listed below, you must then take another course with appropriate lab in that discipline. For example, if you receive AP credit for General Biology II, you will need to take another biology course (with lab) here at New Paltz. Generally, this is not a problem if you are a Biology major or take the other recommended biology courses such as Genetics, Basic Molecular Biology, Basic Cell Biology, etc.

Transfer students: If you plan to apply to a U.S. Medical School, these required courses should be taken at an accredited American college or university.


Description of Course Satisfied by SUNY-NP Course
General Biology with lab Biology BIO201 & BIO202 2 semesters
Calculus and Statistics Math MAT251 & MAT241 2 semesters
General Chemistry with lab Chemistry CHE201 & CHE202 2 semesters
Organic Chemistry with lab Chemistry CHE318 & CHE319 2 semesters

Fundamental, OR

General Physics, with lab

Physics PHY221 & PHY222 OR
Physics PHY201 & PHY202
2 semesters
2 semesters
English Composition English ENG160 & ENG180 2 semesters


Computer literacy and courses in statistics or biostatistics are also desirable, as is a solid writing ability. The new MCAT (2015) tests content knowledge in Biochemistry as well as the Social Sciences.