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IMPORTANT: All health professional schools vary! These lists are intended to be general guides. Each school may require slightly different or additional prerequisites not listed in these guides. Ultimately, it is your responsibility, and not the academic or pre-health advisor’s responsibility, to gather the specific, required application information from the graduate and professional institutions to which you apply. It is also imperative that you discuss your interests with your academic advisor to determine how to best satisfy the needs of your desired health care track with your degree requirements.

In addition to course requirements, there are other steps you will need to take to be prepared for a professional school. Take a look in the resource section for pre-health concentration guides and timelines.

Medicine (M.D. and D.O.)

If you want to attend medical school the fall after you graduate from Carthage, you must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) no later than the spring of your junior year. The following courses must be completed prior to taking the MCAT:

  • General chemistry with labs (CHEM 1010 and CHEM 1020)
  • Organic chemistry with labs (CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080)
  • Biochemistry with Lab (CHEM 3010)
  • Genetics (BIO 2400)
  • Physics (PHY 2100 or PHY 2200)
  • Statistics (MTH 1050)
  • 2 English courses

Additional courses commonly required by medical schools:

  • Physics with lab (PHY 2110 or PHY 2210)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1500)
  • Microbiology with lab (BIO 3340)
  • Upper-level biology courses
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (BIO 3300)

Dentistry

If you want to attend dental school in the fall after you graduate from Carthage, you must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) no later than the spring of your junior year. The following courses must be completed prior to taking the DAT:

  • 2 general chemistry courses with labs (CHEM 1010, CHEM 1020)
  • 2 organic chemistry courses with labs (CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080)
  • 2 English courses
  • 2 physics courses (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 2300)
  • Biochemistry with lab (CHEM 3010)
  • Microbiology with lab (BIO 3340)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (BIO 3300)
  • Intro to Business or Microeconomics (BUS 1110 or ECN 1010)

Other courses are frequently required — the best way to know what courses to take is to have a clear idea of where you want to go far in advance of applying.

Occupational Therapy 

Courses commonly required by Occupational Therapy programs:

  • Abnormal Psychology (PYC 3500)
  • Child Psychopathology (PYC 3650)
  • Child and Adolescent Development (PYC 2850 )
  • Adult Development and Aging (PYC 3850)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 2010 and BIO 2020)
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)
  • Additional course in social and behavioral sciences
  • Statistics course (Business Statistics is typically not accepted)
  • Life Science Course of choice

*Biology majors should take Human Anatomical Systems and Systemic Physiology (BIO 3300 and BIO 3310) to fulfill their anatomy and physiology requirements.

Physical Therapy

Courses commonly required by Physical Therapy programs: 

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I and II (BIO 2010 and 2020) These classes should be taken by all majors except biology, neuroscience, and chemistry who should take BIO 3300 and BIO 3310.
  • 2 biology courses (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 2 general chemistry courses (CHM 1010 and 1020)
  • 2 physics courses (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • Introduction to Psychological Science (PYC 1500)
  • 1 upper-level psychology course
  • Additional social or behavioral science course
  • Medical Terminology
  • Statistics course
  • 2 English courses

Physician’s Assistant

Courses commonly required by Physician Assistant programs: 

  • 2 general chemistry courses (CHM 1010 and 1020)
  • 2 organic chemistry courses (CHM 2070 and 2080)
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 3010)
  • 2 introductory biology courses (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • Human Anatomical Systems and Systemic Physiology (BIO 3300 and 3310)
  • Introduction to Psychological Science (PYC 1500)
  • 1 statistics course
  • 1 social science course
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)
  • 2 English courses
  • 1 math course (algebra or higher)

Veterinary Medicine

Prerequisites for veterinary medical colleges vary widely and as such, students must be aware of the prerequisites for their specific schools of interest. See a table of requirements for veterinary medical colleges.

Courses commonly required by Veterinary Medicine programs:

  • 2 semesters of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020)
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080)
  • 1-2 semesters of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • Advanced Cell Biology (BIO 3500)
  • 1-2 semesters of calculus (MTH 1120 and 1220)
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • Human Anatomical Systems and Systemic Physiology (BIO 3300 and 3310)
  • 2 semesters of English
  • Public Speaking (CDM 1200)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000)
  • Genetics (BIO 2400)

Pharmacy

Courses commonly required by Pharmacy programs: 

  • 2 semesters of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020) – take during first year
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080) – take during sophomore year
  • 1-2 semesters of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 2300)
  • 1-2 semesters of calculus (MTH 1120 and 1220)
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • Human Anatomical Systems and Systemic Physiology (BIO 3300 and 3310)
  • 2 semesters of English (usually satisfied by Western Heritage)
  • Public Speaking (CDM 1200)

Additional courses sometimes required by Pharmacy programs:

  • Ethics (e.g., Contemporary Ethical Issues – PHL 1100)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000)
  • Biochemistry (CHM 3010)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECN 1010 )
  • Introduction to Psychological Science (PYC 1500)
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