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Premedical Studies

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The premedical studies program at Purchase College provides each student with the basic courses needed to prepare for professional schools in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other allied health careers

The program’s focus is on the preparation for success in the appropriate entrance examinations, and the application to and acceptance by the professional school. Although premedical students need not major in the sciences, many do and have found such programs as biology, chemistry, and biochemistry to be a successful route.

Partnership with SUNY Upstate Medical University

Purchase College partners with SUNY Upstate to offer medical school acceptance to students studying in any degree program. Students who meet the criteria can be accepted to medical school when they receive their college acceptance and their MCAT requirement will be waived.  

Premedical Studies Courses

All premedical studies students must complete the following courses:

  • General Biology I and II with labs
  • General Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Introductory Physics I and II with labs
  • Biochemistry with lab

Additional courses required by some graduate schools:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Calculus
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Writing/Composition

Advanced Science Courses

In addition to the basic science courses students will select a minimum of two advanced courses based on their interests and/or deficiencies. Many medical schools either recommend or require certain advanced science courses.

Students are encouraged to survey the requirements of schools where they plan to apply to ensure that all requirements and most (if not all) recommended courses are included in their academic plan.  

Clinical Experiences

Commitment to a medical career should be founded upon experiences that demonstrate knowledge of the realities of the medical professions, and should be based upon personal experiences. This requirement may be fulfilled by a variety of off-campus internship or volunteer clinical experiences, as well as previous or current employment. Internship opportunities may be explored through discussions with a faculty advisor or a counselor in the Career Development Center.

Professional Entrance Examinations and Timeline

Most professional schools accept applications between June and November, for entrance in September of the following year. Students are encouraged to apply early, as statistics indicate greater success for early applicants, qualifications being equal. To do so, students should complete the science requirements before the end of the spring semester and take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) during May or June, as results of August and September MCATs are usually not available early enough for admission decisions.

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, Guaranteed Entrance Program

Purchase College has an agreement with SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine that allows admitted Purchase students seeking any degree (BA, BS or BFA) to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Allopathic Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:



  • An excellent high School GPA with a 90% average minimum.
  • Extra-curricular activities that document some experience in a healthcare setting and commitment to service work.
  • Combined Math and Reading SAT scores of 1360 or better or ACT score of 29 Composite or better.


  • Completion of graduation requirements for the specific degree program.
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Biochemistry and Statistics, with  no grade lower than a B.
  • Carry a full course load of at least 12 credits each semester.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate.

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program. 

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please see the contact Caitlin Read, Dean of Enrollment Management , Purchase College for details.

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, Early Assurance Program

In addition, Sophomores at Purchase College in any major are eligible to apply to the Early Assurance Program at Upstate Medical.


  • Must have a 3.5 minimum GPA each semester with no grades lower than C
  • Score 509 on the MCAT
  • SAT score of 1360 or higher
  • ACT score of at least 29 composite
  • 5 out of 8 science courses completed prior to application ( 3-4 semester hours for each)
    • ​General Biology and lab
    • General Biology 2 and lab
    • General Chemistry 1 and lab
    • General Chemistry 2 and lab
    • Organic Chemistry 1 and lab
    • Bio Chemistry
    • General Physics 1 and lab
    • General Physics 2 and lab
  • Applications open March 1 and students should  apply by July 1.
  • 3 semester hours of Pre-Requisites should be completed prior to enrolling as a medical student.
    • English elective
    • Composition or Writing 
    • Statistics

For additional information about the application process and program, contact  Isabelle Appler, Associate Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical,

Premedical Advisory Committee

Assistance for students is available from the Premedical Advisory Committee, which advises students on coursework, careers, and selecting and applying to schools. Students interested in health careers should seek out a member of the Premedical Advisory Committee as their academic advisor. The Premedical Advisory Committee conducts Committee Interviews for eligible students during the spring semester. Please see the Premedical Committee Interview Guidelines (PDF) for more information. 


Premedical Studies

In addition to its undergraduate program, the School of Natural and Social Sciences welcomes students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and who wish to complete their science preparation for medical or other professional schools. The post-baccalaureate premedical studies program offers these students the academic coursework needed to prepare for professional exams and applications, internship or research opportunities, and advising through the Premedical Advisory Committee.

Students can register for the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Studies classes here.


For more information call (914) 251-6631 or email