Academic Requirements for Health Professions
You are looking to embark on an academic journey that is demanding, yet very rewarding. Careers in medicine, dentistry, and others are highly respected and one of great sacrifice. There is a rise in the number of applicants to these programs, which means that the competition continues to be very high. When considering a career in health professions, it is important to identify and complete the required classes. What does that mean?
Medical, dental, and other health professional program do not require students to select a specific major. Students are encouraged to explore majors that they will enjoy and will provide them with the best chance for academic success. Rowan graduates with majors in Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, English, or Psychology have been accepted to medical, dental and other graduate schools in the past. In addition, we have a number of science-related majos (Biochemistry, Biology, Translational Biomedical Sciences, etc.) that offer incorporate the required science courses into their academic curriculum.
The following courses will provide you with a strong academic framework to satisfy the minimum requirements for a number of graduate programs, including medicine and dentistry. Keep in mind that individual institutions may have specific courses they may or may not require for their professional program. Please check with your desired programs for more information.
*Some majors, like Biology, may satisfy the Biology science content for professional school by taking the four course Biology sequence below.
**Please check with your academic advisor to confirm your prerequisites are consistent with your academic major
There are additional requirements that many students complete while at Rowan. In this highly competitive environment, pre-health students will find that completing some of these courses will help them in that transition into graduate school. In addition, these courses may serve as a predictor of your academic potential and it is highly recommend that you consider these courses. Keep in mind that for science majors, these courses are incorporated into your course schedule. Students should refer to the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) book, ADEA Official Guide to Dental School book, or other admissions publications for specific requirements. Students also may want to contact individual schools regarding program requirements.
Recommended upper-level science courses
Recommended humanities courses
A rigorous curriculum is important, but academic success is what matters most. Maintaining a high GPA will put you on the path towards your desired destination. Our office is here to support you in your journey.
Questions: Contact the Health Professions Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org