Pre-Health Professions

Programs, Recommended Coursework, & Advisement

SUNY Oneonta offers a series of PreHealth Professional Programs to prepare students for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health professions.

Please contact the Office of Admissions for information regarding admission to SUNY Oneonta.

The PreHealth Professional Program includes concentrations in PreMedicine, PreDentistry, PreVeterinary Medicine, PrePhysical Therapy, PreOccupational Therapy, PrePhysician Assistant, PrePharmacy, PreOptometry, PreChiropractic, and PreNursing. Students are encouraged to consider nationwide and global professional school opportunities.

All students in the PreHealth Professional Program must declare a primary major.

SUNY Oneonta PreHealth Professions students choose from a variety of majors including Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Music, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, among others.

Students are dual advised and consult with their primary major advisor and a prehealth professions advisor to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework to ensure timely completion of both major coursework and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.

Prerequisite coursework in the prehealth professions concentrations consist of a similar suite of coursework during the first 2-3 years.  Students can generally complete all coursework requirements for any of the healthcare professions with any major at SUNY Oneonta.

Common Health Care Professional School Prerequisites*

*Please note: The following are the most common prerequisite courses required among Health Care Professional Schools. Specific coursework selection is dependent on the prerequisite requirements at individual health care professions schools. The following course sequnce is based on a student taking professional school entrance exams and applying to Health Care Professional School the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a bridge year, or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter Health Care Professional School and what primary major is chosen. As a result, each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

First Year Second Year Third Year
BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
PSYC 100 or SOCL 100
STAT 101 or MATH 173-174
COMP 100 & COMM 100
a literature course
BIOL 201 & 212 or BIOL 205-206
CHEM 221-322
STAT 101or MATH 173-174
PSYC 100 or SOCL 100
PSYC 240 or 246 or 274 (or 374)
ECON 111
PHIL 101, 102, 103, 206, or 211
CHEM 331-332 or 226-330
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204
PSYC 240 or 246 or 274 (or 374)
BIOL 362
BIOL 201 & 212 or BIOL 205-206
an ethics course
PHIL 101, 102, 103, 206, or 211

SUNY Oneonta articulation agreements

Preferred Acceptance at Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
3 + 3 Early Admission at Upstate Medical University in Physical Therapy
Early Assurrance at the Albany Medical College Center for Physician Assistant Studies

For additional information:

Contact Ms. Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the PreHealth Professions Program at SUNY Oneonta.

last update 10 November 2016 (TLL Webmaster)