Academic Considerations for Admission to Health Profession Training Programs

Different programs require different skill sets, and pre-requisite courses are designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need. Each program is a little different from the others, and there are even schools within the same profession that want you to have different background preparation. Math is the best example – some medical schools require no math courses (although most applicants need some math background to take their science courses), and some may require up to two semesters of calculus and statistics. So, there’s no easy way to know exactly what courses to take, but the following is a basic guideline for a few of the programs.

 

Click on the links for summary charts regarding pre-requisites, created by each health profession’s professional association.

 

Requirement

Princeton Course

Med

Dental

Opt

Pharm

Phys Asst

Phys Therapy

Podiatry

Vet Med

GenChem I w/lab

CHM 5 or 5H

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

GenChem II w/lab

CHM 6 or 6H

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Organic I w/lab

CHM 101

3

3

3

3

some

 

3

3

Organic II w/lab

CHM 102

3

3

3

3

some

 

3

3

Biology I w/lab

BIO 5

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Biology II w/lab

BIO 6

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Physics I (w/lab)

PHY 11 or PHY 21/22

3

3

3

3


3

3

3

Physics II w/lab

PHY 13/14 or PHY 23/24

3

3

3

3


3

3

3

Calculus

MA 9 or MA 10

some

 

 most

most

 

few

 

some

Statistics

MA 5

some

some

  most

few

most

3

 

some

Biochem

BIO(or CHM) 113

3

few

 most

some

few

 

 

many

Microbio

BIO 110

 

few

some

some

many

some

 

some

Intro Anatomy & Physiology w/lab

BIO 11 & 12 or 11 & 102

 

few

most

some

many

3

 

some

English

ENG 2 or 104

most

many

many

some

some

 

3

some

Others

 

PSY/SOC for MCATAdvanced Biology

Advanced Biology

PSY., other humanities
or social sciences

ECON, Publ Speaking

PSY (intro and abnormal)Med. Term.

PSY, social sciences

Advanced Biology

Varies widely

 

All requirements must be taken for a grade, not P/NC. While this handout is representative of the general requirements, specific schools may have specific requirements. While these are the most common requirements for admission to a health professions training program, individual schools and professions may have additional requirements. For example, Texas schools require another full year of Biology courses. Many California schools will only accept AP on a case by case basis, and prefer that students not use AP to fulfill their pre-requisites.

[Modified from a version prepared by Kate Fukawa-Connelly at Princeton University.]