Health Professions Advising Program
Considering medical, dental, veterinary or other health professions careers? This program provides assistance to students like you.
If you are considering applying to medical, dental, veterinary or another health professions school after graduating from Cedar Crest College, make sure you take advantage of our Health Professions Program starting right now—even if you have not firmly decided upon your future career path. This program is designed to provide students like you with the guidance, information, and assistance needed to successfully pursue advanced medical education.
Simply send an e-mail to the Chair of Department of Biological Sciences, (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will keep you informed of various workshops, internships, open houses and other opportunities that will help you explore your interests and improve your credentials. You will also benefit from the guidance and assistance of our Health Professions Committee (see information below).
Because of the required courses in science, most health professions students choose to major in biology, chemistry or a related field. However, it is not necessary to major in science. Cedar Crest does not have pre-health professions majors. The best major is the one you that interests and excites you; enjoy it and be prepared to work hard in it!
The Health Professions Committee
This group of Cedar Crest faculty members advises interested students, writes letters of recommendation for qualified students, and determines policies regarding pre-health professions studies. The current members of this committee include:
- Amy Reese, Ph.D., Health Professions adviser, biology
- Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D., biology
- Jeanne Berk, Ph.D., chemistry
- Brian Misanko, Ph.D., biology
- Carolyn Segal, Ph.D., humanities
Advanced Medical Education Requirements
The following Cedar Crest College courses fulfill the undergraduate course requirements for most medical, dental and veterinary schools:
- BIO 121, 122 Principles of Biology
- CHE 111 Chemical Principles
- CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis
- CHE 205, 206 Organic Chemistry I & II
- PHY 101, 102 Introductory College Physics
- MAT 141, 142 Calculus I & II
- ENG (Two courses, including composition)
Please bear in mind that these courses are the minimum requirements. To perform well on admissions tests and succeed in professional school, students may need additional coursework, such as genetics, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, and biochemistry.
Professional schools seek students with a demonstrated record of academic achievement. The Health Professions adviser can assist you in evaluating your academic record to determine your competitiveness for particular schools and programs.
You should also seek the following as part of your undergraduate studies:
- Research experience
- Exposure to clinical practice
- Volunteer service opportunities
- Involvement in the student chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Pre-dental students should also have a high degree of manual dexterity
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 Professions 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.
Medical schools require applicants to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Most U.S. dental schools require the Dental Admission Test (DAT), which is administered at computerized testing centers.
Veterinary schools use either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Physician assistant and masters of public health schools use either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Students should determine the preference of the schools in which they are interested.