Pre-Health Professions Programs

Office:          Room 8312
Phone:         718.489.5495

The pre-health professions programs prepare students to pursue further studies in professional schools for medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry and veterinary medicine as well as allied health pro­grams including medical technology, radiologic sciences, physi­cian assistant, and diagnostic medical imaging. They also prepare students for entry into master’s-level programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and midwifery. The major (degree) depends on the specific program selected (see catalogue descrip­tions).

The pre-health professions’ office assists students to prepare for these various health related careers by providing information and assistance on requirements, the application process, open house, days, and other kinds of relevant information.

St. Francis College offers several programs in cooperation with medical centers in New York.

Further specific information is available as listed below:

Requirements for Medical, Dentistry, Optometry and Veterinary Schools

Students are advised that these programs do not require them to major in Biology or Chemistry, but do require the successful completion of certain science and mathematics courses in sequence. Moreover, this sequence often must be completed prior to standardized entrance exams (e.g., MCAT or DAT) or application to specific programs. For this reason, students should begin the required courses in the freshman year and follow the sequence carefully.

Regardless of academic major, most health professions schools require:

Any ENG course 2100 or higher
BIO-1201General Biology I5
BIO-1202General Biology II5
CHE-1201General Chemistry I5
CHE-1202General Chemistry II5
CHE-2101Organic Chemistry I5
CHE-2102Organic Chemistry II5
CHE-3001Biochemistry4
MAT-2202Calculus I4
MAT-2301Statistics3
PHY-2001General Physics I4
PHY-2002General Physics II4
WRI-1100Writing and Research3

The College strongly recommends that students interested in medicine or dentistry take at least three of the following courses:

BIO-2206Histology4
BIO-2250Introduction to Cell Biology4
BIO-3300Microbiology4
BIO-3303Genetics4
BIO-3320Molecular Biology4
BIO-3350Physiology4

Students should be aware that Advanced Placement courses from high school may not satisfy the science requirements for some advanced programs (consult the specific school’s catalogue). While courses may be designated as required or recommended, students planning to enter highly competitive fields should take as many highly recommended courses as possible.

It is recommended for students who are interested in a career in the medical field and planning to take the MCAT exam to take PSY-1100 General Psychology and HS-1501 Introduction to Public Health.

Finally, understanding that the pre-health professions programs are highly competitive, students are advised to plan alternative pathways. For instance, one’s grades may not meet the standards, one may discover new career interests, or priorities may change. Planning an alternate route to further study or career may help direct the student’s undergraduate work.

Advisement

As soon as possible upon admission to the College, interested students should consult the Office for Pre-Health Professions Program regarding an appropriate major. All students must declare a suitable major by the end of the fourth semester at the College. To be eligible for some forms of financial aid, transfer students may need to declare an academic major immediately. These students should nonetheless consult with an academic advisor before selecting their major.

Students should begin taking the required programs in the first year of college, especially those interested in one of the affiliated programs. Current information about requirements may be found in the most recent catalogue and supplement, from the Office for Pre-Health Professions Programs, and from affiliated institu­tions.

It is important to note that acceptance to the College does not constitute formal admission into any of the majors offered by the College. Further, acceptance into any of these pre-health professions programs does not automatically guarantee placement in the clinical facilities of the professional phase of the program. Continued registration in these programs will require a minimum quality-point index, participation in colloquia and other presenta­tions by the program, regular consultation with academic advi­sors, and participation in volunteer activity leading to familiarity with the health field.