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Requirements

Medical, Dental and Veterinarian schools are quite standardized as far as academic entrance requirements are concerned. The following CC courses will meet the basic requirements for most medical, dental and vet schools:


Required Courses for Pre-Health Track
Med, Dental, Vet, Podiatry, Optometry, *Pharmacy

*NOTE: Course requirements vary from each program and profession. Please check course listing on the schools’ website.

  • Biology – 1 intro course: BE105,  BE106,  BE107 (your choice)(counts as 1 lecture & 1 lab)
  • Cell Biology – 2 intro courses: MB131 (counts as lecture only) MB201(counts as lab only)
  • General Chemistry – 2 courses: CH107, CH108
  • Organic Chemistry: 2 courses :CH250, CH251
  • Biochemistry – 1 course: CH382
  • Physics – 2 courses: PC141, PC142 or PC241, PC242 (Calc. based)
  • English – 2 courses: 1 literature course and 1 writing intensive course.
  • Math – 2 courses: Probability & Statistics MA117, Calculus 1 MA126, Calculus 2 MA129 (any 2, but MA117 recommended)
  • Psychology – 1 course: PY100
  • Highly Recommended courses include:
    • Genetics MB231
    • Basic Anatomy HK204
    • Human Physiology HK321
    • Immunology MB301
    • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics MB320 and Laboratory in Molecular Microbiology MB360***

Required Courses for Pre-Health Track
PA, PT, Nursing

  • Biology – 1 intro course: BE105,  BE106,  ***BE107 (your choice) (counts as 1 lecture & 1 lab)
  • Cell Biology – 2 intro courses: MB131 and MB201 (counts as 1 lecture and 1 lab)
  • General Chemistry – 2 courses: CH107, CH108
  • Organic Chemistry: 2 courses : CH250, CH251 (**Nursing & PA)
  • Biochemistry – 1 course: CH382 (**Nursing & PA)
  • Physics – 2 courses: PC141, PC142 or PC241, PC242 (Calc. based) (PT) (**PA)
  • English – 2 courses: 1 literature course and 1 writing intensive course.
  • Math – 2 courses: MA117 Probability & Statistics, MA126 Calculus, MA129 Calculus 2 (MA117 required for Nursing)
  • Psychology – 1 course: PY100 (some schools require 2 courses for PT & Nursing)
  • Basic Anatomy – 1 course: HK204
  • Human Physiology – 1 course: HK321
  • Genetics – 1 course: MB231 (*Varies by school)

**NOTE: Recommended for PA or Nursing.

***NOTE: Dental, Vet, PA, PT and Nursing schools generally require a microbiology course (with lab).  BE107 can fulfill this requirement, or students may elect to take MB320and MB360 to fulfill this requirement.  

Exams

To determine the specific course requirements for a particular medical school or dental school, reference books are available in the Health Professions Advising Office. The MCAT, DAT, and GRE tests cover basic science, so the above courses should be completed before taking any exams.

The Career Center offers the Princeton Review MCAT and GRE Test Prep each year during Dynamic Half Block. For more information on current offerings, visit coloradocollege.edu/halfblock.


Veterinary schools may emphasize a science major requirement or favor graduates with a science degree. It is worth examining the admissions policy of any veterinary schools of interest.

Other health professions schools, including Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant programs, are likely to have other specific course requirements and are not as standardized as Medical and Dental school requirements. 

Students today are often waiting a year or more after graduation before applying to a health professions school. This does not put the applicant at a disadvantage; many medical schools look favorably upon applicants who have taken an extra year or two to mature, gain work experience, and thus make a better decision regarding a career in health professions.

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