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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.

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.

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