CATALOG • 2009-2010
Health Professions Program
For information, contact Dr. Amy Reese.
Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary
The Health Professions Program is designed to assist
students in preparing and applying for postgraduate education in medicine,
dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other health professions careers.
Students should be aware that admission to schools in these areas is highly
competitive, and participation in the Health Professions Program does not
imply or guarantee acceptance.
Students considering health professions careers should
inform their academic advisors, and contact the Health Professions Advisor
as early as possible. An orientation session for new students and other
workshops of health professions interest are held ever y year. While health
professions schools require certain undergraduate courses as prerequisites
(see below), they do not require or prefer a particular major. Therefore,
each student should choose her major based on her interests and abilities.
Students should become familiar with the requirements
of the particular professional school in which they are interested. The
Cedar Crest courses that fulfill undergraduate requirements for most health
professions schools are:
BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits
BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits
CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
PHY101 Introductory College Physics I 4 credits
PHY102 Introductory College Physics II 4 credits
MAT 141 Calculus I 3credits
MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
It is usually preferable for these courses to be taken
at Cedar Crest, as part of a regular academic schedule. The Health
Professions advisor can answer questions regarding the suitability of AP or
transfer credit, and part-time or summer study. An additional year of
upper-level Biology (BIO 235 and 236) and/or a course in Biochemistry are
strongly recommended. Some schools have additional course or minimum grade
Students who wish to graduate with Health Professions
Program certification from Cedar Crest must meet the required prerequisite
courses listed above, fulfill an additional year of Biology coursework, and
maintain a science and overall GPA of 3.300 or above.
Health professions education is extremely rigorous, and
therefore schools expect a very strong record of undergraduate academic
achievement, both in science courses and overall. Information is available
on individual schools’ admissions standards.
Health professions schools require the Medical College
Admissions Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT) or Graduate Record Exam
(GRE). The appropriate test should usually be taken in the spring semester
of the junior year. Qualified students who take the required prerequisite
courses (including an additional year of Biology) and maintain a science
and overall GPA of 3.300 or above may apply to take a college-sponsored
test preparation course.
In addition to their academic preparation, students
should have a record of experience and service demonstrating an interest
in, and commitment to, their field of choice, as well as clearly
articulated reasons for choosing a career in their field. A sustained
commitment to a meaningful volunteer activity, exposure to professional
practice, participation in Health Professions Advisor-sponsored events, and
involvement in the student chapter of Health Occupations Students of
America (HOSA) are recommended.
The application process for health professions schools
begins the year prior to the intended start date (i.e., typically in the
spring of the Junior year). Students should consult with the Health
Profession advisor initially and throughout the process. Most medical
schools expect a confidential letter of recommendation from the Health
Profession Committee, and it is inadvisable for students to apply without
requesting a letter.