Pre-Health Advising

Pre-Health Advising

To meet with the Pre-Health Science Advisor, please sign up for an advising appointment here by choosing a timeslot and filling in your name.

 

Google Drive

The Pre-health Google Drive folder contains resources useful in preparing for graduate school.

 

Advisor Contact

All questions can be directed to the Pre-health Advisor:

Rainbow Rubin, PhD MPH

Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 10am - 1pm

rar7@stmarys-ca.edu

(925) 631-4441

 

Health Professional Programs

Below are descriptions of graduate programs in health and a comparison of their pre-requisites.

 

Graduate Degrees Options for Science Majors (no organic chemistry requirement)

 

Physical Therapy

Degree: Masters of Science, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Exam: GRE

Websites: www.apta.org, http://www.ptcas.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy and physiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Physics: general physics

E.  Psychology: psychology, social/behavioral psychology

F.  Experience: ~150 hours of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy clinics.

 

Occupational Therapy

Degree: Masters of Science, Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Exam: GRE

Websites: www.aota.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology

B.  Math: statistics

C.  Psychology:  psychology, abnormal psychology (Psych 148), developmental psychology

D.  Sociology: introductory sociology

 

Nurse Practitioner

Degree: Bachelors of Nursing for Registered Nurse, Masters in Nursing for Nurse Practitioner

Exam: GRE

Association: www.aacn.nche.edu www.aanp.org

Recommended Programs: Masters Entry Programs in Nursing http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/direct-entry-msn/

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Psychology: introductory psychology

E.  Sociology: introductory sociology

F.  Kinesiology: nutrition

G.  Communication: oral communication (Com 2, 112)

Nursing Career Resources: 

 https://www.rntomsn.org/programs/nurse-practitioner

https://www.registerednursing.org/nursing-careers

https://teach.com/online-ed/healthcare-degrees/online-family-nurse-practitioner-programs/

 

Registered Nurse

Degree: Bachelors of Nursing for Registered Nurse

Association: http://www.anacalifornia.org/

Test: Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B. Chemistry: general chemistry

C.  Math: statistics

D.  Psychology: human development

E.  Kinesiology: nutrition

F. Communicaiton: oral comm (Com 2, 112)

 

Chiropractic Medicine

Degree: Doctor of Chiropractic

Exam: GRE

Website: www.chiros.org

Prerequisites: Science: 24 semester credits of science, with half of those credits with corresponding labs

 

Health Administration

Degree: Masters in Health Administration

Exam: GRE

Website: www.aupha.org

Prerequisites: statistics

 

Public Health

Degree: Masters in Public Health, Doctor of Public Health

Exam: GRE

GPA: ≥3.0

Association: www.aspph.org, http://www.sophas.org/

Prerequisites: 1-2 years of community health/laboratory/health research experience

 

Phlebotomy

Certification: Phlebotomist

Website: http://www.kpsahs.org/

 

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Certification: Paramedic

Exam: California Emergency Medical Services Authority Exam

Website: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/occguides/Detail.aspx?Soccode=292041&geography=0601000000

 

Graduate degrees for Science Majors (organic chemistry required)

 

Physician Assistant
Degree: Masters of Physician Assistant

Exam: MCAT or GRE

Websites: www.paeaonline.org https://portal.caspaonline.org/ www.apap.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry:  general chemistry, org chemistry (1 sem)

C.  Sciences:  24 semester hours 

D.  Math: calculus and statistics

E.  Physics: general physics

F.  Experience: One year of healthcare experience through the following (not an exhaustive list):

Medical assistant

Emergency medical technician

Peace Corps volunteer

Lab assistant/phlebotomist

Registered Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant

Emergency room technician

Surgical tech

 

Genetic Counseling

Degree: Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling

Exam: GRE

Website: www.nsgc.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology: biology, genetics

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters), biochemistry

 

Nutrition

Degree: Registered Dietician, Masters in Nutrition, Doctorate of Philosophy in Nutrition

Exam: GRE

GPA: ≥3.0

Association: www.nutrition.org

Prerequisites (vary by program):

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, genetics

B.  Chemistry:  general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters), biochemistry

C.  Math: Statistics

D.  Physics: general physics

 

Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography

Certification: Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Sonographer

Website: http://www.kpsahs.org/

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry

C.  English: english

D.  Physics: general physics

E. Math: calculus, statistics

F. Communication: oral communication (Com 2), computers and information technology (Com 125)

G. Other: Medical Terminology

 

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technology

Certification: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Exam: California Department of Health Clinical Laboratory Technologist Exam

Website: http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/occguide/mdclinlb.pdf 

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, two UD biology courses

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry (2 semesters)

C. Physics: introductory physics

E. Math: calculus, statistics

D. Training: 12 months in laboratory listed by California Association for Medical Laboratory Technology

 

Graduate degrees for Bio/Biochem Majors (organic chemistry required)

 

Allopathic Medicine

Degree: Medical Doctor

Test: MCAT

Association: www.aamc.org www.amsa.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology: biology, genetics is recommended

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  Psychology: introductory psychology

D. Sociology: introductory sociology

E.  Math: calculus and statistics/calculus II

F.  Physics: general physics

 

Osteopathic Medicine

Degree: Doctor of Osteopathy

Test: MCAT

Association: www.aacom.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  Psychology: introductory psychology

D. Sociology: introductory sociology

E.  Math: calculus and statistics

F.  Physics: general physics 

 

Naturopathic Medicine

Degree: Doctor of Naturopathy

Test: GRE, MCAT

Association: http://www.naturopathic.org/

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology: biology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  Math: calculus and statistics

D.  Physics: general physics 

E.  Psychology: introductory psychology

 

Podiatric Medicine

Degree: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Test:

Association: www.aacpm.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  Math: calculus and statistics

D. Physics: general  physics

 

Dentistry

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery

Test: DAT

Association: www.adea.org www.ada.org www.GoDental.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  English: english

D.  Physics: general physics

 

Optometry

Degree: Doctor of Optometry

Test: OAT

Association: www.opted.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  Math: calculus and statistics

D.  Psychology: introductory psychology

E.  Physics: general physics 

 

Pharmacy

Degree: Doctor of Pharmacy

Test: PCAT

Association: www.accp.org www.pharmacist.com

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  Math: calculus and statistics

D. Physics: general physics

 

Veterinary Medicine

Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Test: GRE

Association: www.aavmc.org

Prerequisites:

A.  Biology:  biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology

B.  Chemistry: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry

C.  Math: calculus and statistics

D. Physics: general physics