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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 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.

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 the spring of your junior year. The following courses must be completed prior to taking the MCAT:

  • 2 semesters of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020) — take during your first year
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080) — take during your sophomore year
  • 1 semester of biochemistry (CHM 3010) — take in the fall of your junior year
  • 1 year of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • 1 semester of sociology (SOC 1000)
  • Recommended: Cell Biology (BIO 2300)

Additional courses commonly required by medical schools:

  • 2 semesters of English (Typically satisfied by Western Heritage)
  • 1-2 semesters of calculus (MTH 1120 and 1220) and/or 1 semester of statistics
  • 1 semester of psychology*

*While psychology is part of the MCAT, PYC 1500 does not cover most of the material expected on the MCAT. We recommend students either take Social Psychology (PYC 2200) or study for this section independently.

Additional courses commonly recommended by medical schools:

  • Genetics (BIO 2400)
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • Immunology (BIO 4300)
  • Human Anatomical Systems (BIO 3300)
  • Systemic Physiology (BIO 3310)
  • Comparative Anatomy (BIO 3330)

Dentistry

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

  • 2 semesters of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020) — take during your first year
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry (CHM 2070 and 2080) — take during your sophomore year
  • 2 semesters of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 2300)

Additional courses commonly required by dental schools:

  • Biochemistry (CHM 3010)
  • 2 semesters of English (Usually satisfied by Western Heritage)

Additional courses commonly recommended by dental schools:

  • Immunology (BIO 4300)
  • Human Anatomical Systems (BIO 3300)
  • Systemic Physiology (BIO 3310)
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • 1 semester of a business course

Occupational Therapy 

Courses commonly required by Occupational Therapy programs:

  • Introduction to Psychological Science (PYC 1500)
  • Child and Adolescent Development (PYC 2850)
  • Adult Development and Aging (PYC 3850)
  • Social Psychology (PYC 2200)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PYC 3500)
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1000)
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)
  • 2 semesters of English (usually satisfied by Western Heritage)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I and II (BIO 2010 and 2020)*

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

Physical Therapy

Courses commonly required by Physical Therapy programs: 

  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 1 semester of social science (e.g., sociology)
  • Introduction to Psychological Science (PYC 1500)
  • 1 Upper-Level psychology course (e.g. Abnormal Psychology)
  • 2 semesters of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)
  • 2 semesters of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry (CHM 1010 and 1020)
  • 2 semesters of English (usually satisfied by Western Heritage)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I and II (BIO 2010 and 2020)*

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

Physician’s Assistant

Courses commonly required by Physician Assistant programs: 

  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 1 semester of social science (e.g., sociology)
  • 2 semesters of introductory biology (BIO 1110 and 1120)
  • Human Anatomical Systems and Systemic Physiology (BIO 3300 and BIO 3310); Comparative Anatomical Systems (BIO 3330) can be taken instead of BIO 3300
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • Medical Terminology (BIO 400D)
  • 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
  • Biochemistry (CHM 3010)
  • Introduction to Psychological Science (PYC 1500)
  • 2 semesters of English (usually satisfied by Western Heritage)

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.  A table of requirements for veterinary medical colleges can be found here.    

Courses commonly required by Veterinary Medicine programs:

  • Introductory Biology (BIO 1110 and 1120) – take during first year
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry (1010 and 1020) – take during first year
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry (2070 and 2080) – take during sophomore year
  • Cell Biology (BIO 2300) – take in sophomore year
  • Genetics (BIO 2400) – take in sophomore year
  • Biochemistry (CHM 3010)
  • 2 semesters of physics (PHY 2100 and 2110 or PHY 2200 and 2210)
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 1 semester of social science
  • Microbiology (BIO 3340)
  • Public Speaking (CDM 1200)
  • 2 semesters of English (usually satisfied by Western Heritage)

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)

Note: A complete list of prerequisites can be seen here.

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