The Health Professions Advising Program assists students in pre-professional preparation for careers in the medical sciences including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, advance practice nursing, pharmacy, public health, and other health professions. Because each of the medical sciences professions requires specific preparation, students must work closely with the advisor for the health professions to plan a suitable program of study. This generally involves selection of an appropriate major, required courses, and internships and volunteer service opportunities in the health professions.
Admission to most health professions schools is extremely competitive, requiring strong academic performance, satisfactory scores on standardized admissions tests (e.g. MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.), and evidence of leadership, service, and a working knowledge of the health professions.
Academic preparation for medical or dental school generally includes a minimum of two semesters each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, general physics, and English. In addition, many medical and dental schools strongly recommend or require biochemistry, advanced biology electives, and other specific courses.
While there is no “premed” major, most premedical sciences students complete a major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. However, with careful planning, a student also may complete the premedical sciences course work in combination with a liberal arts major.
For a listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the course catalog.
Requirements for other Health Professions
Providence College students also may successfully prepare for admission to other health professions schools such as veterinary medicine, optometry, advance practice nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy, public health, and others. Each has profession and school specific academic requirements which require careful planning during the undergraduate years. These students work closely with the advisor for the health professions to insure that the appropriate prerequisites are completed prior to application to these professional schools.