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Premedical Studies for Undergraduate Students

Although students pursuing premedical studies do not need to major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, many do and have found these programs to be successful routes to medical and health careers. Courses offered to fulfill the requirements for the BA and BS in biology or the BA in biochemistry or chemistry provide excellent preparation for entrance exams and for success in medical, dental, and veterinary schools, as well as in other allied health programs (physician assistant, physical therapy. etc.). However, medical and other professional schools also accept students with other backgrounds, including nonscience majors, if they have completed the basic science courses and achieved high scores on the admissions exams.

Most students have found additional upper-level science courses to be helpful before taking the professional admissions examinations. In addition to coursework, experience in a clinical and/or research setting is an important aspect of preparation for health careers. Students are encouraged to gain such experience through their senior projects and/or independent studies, and through off-campus internships, and research and/or volunteer work in such locations as hospitals and clinics. Visit the Career Development Centerto access Purchase JobScore, an online system where students can locate internship, employment, and other opportunities.

To continue in premedical studies, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all related coursework. All students interested in health professions should discuss options as soon as possible with their academic advisor and should meet with a career counselor at the Career Development Center.

Undergraduate matriculated students have the opportunity to join the Premedical Club, which offers the opportunity to interact with other students with similar interests in the health professions and participate in lectures and events hosted by the Premedical Club. The Premedical Club also offers opportunities to become officers as a way to demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to work with peers and professionals in planning the group’s program. For additional information, please email premed@purchase.edu.