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Pre-Health Curriculum

With the assistance of the faculty and the Pre-Health Professional Program, students have an excellent record of gaining admission to medical and other health professional schools. Fordham's Pre-Health concentration constitutes the academic preparation for application to any health profession program including, but not limited to, medical, dental, veterinary, physician's assistant, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing programs.

The following information is intended to serve as a guide for those students interested in applying for admission to a graduate degree program in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, or optometry. The information is not intended to be all-inclusive. Students must meet regularly with an adviser, attend scheduled advising meetings, and read material posted on appropriate bulletin boards.

In order to be considered a competitive candidate for health professions, students should:

  • Excel academically
  • Complete required courses prior to the time of application.
  • Build a curriculum that reflects not only the sciences but also humanities and social sciences. Academic course load is an important aspect of any professional school's evaluation of performance.
  • Obtain invaluable experience by either paid or volunteer activities in a health care settings. These activities, especially if they are continuing, may help to reinforce one's interest in a particular health profession or stimulate one to explore alternative careers.
  • Become familiar with social and political aspects of different health care professions. This can be accomplished by attending lectures, reading current periodicals, and reading professional journals.
  • Meet academic and course standards established by the professional schools. You do not need not be a science major in order to meet these requirements; however, most applicants from Fordham College at Lincoln Center are natural science or psychology majors.