Pre-Medicine & Pre-Dentistry


Courses in the Major
All students in the PreMedicine/PreDentistry Professional Program must declare a primary major. Students consult with their primary major advisor and a prehealth professions advisor to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.

Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog descriptions of courses regarding course prerequisites and time of year when offered in order to plan properly in advance.

NEW FOR 2015: SUNY Oneonta's Chemistry-Biochemistry B.S degree is the only degree track on campus where admission requirements for most american medical schools are contained within the degree program.

For Students Matriculating Fall 2016 and later
(Schedule of courses is based on taking the MCAT in the summer before final year at Oneonta)

First Year Second Year Third Year
BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
COMP 100
a literature course
PSYC 100
STAT 101
BIOL 201
CHEM 221-322
One from: PHIL 101, 102, 103, 206, 211
MATH 173-174

CHEM 331-332
PHYS 203-204 (calc-based)
a literature course
SOCL 101 (100)
One from: PHIL 101, 102, 103, 206, 211

PreMedical & PreDental Concentration (with suggested year- matriculated prior to Fall 2016 & PreDental)

First Year Second Year Third Year
BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
COMP 100
a literature course
BIOL 201
CHEM 221-322
two from STAT 101, MATH 173-174

*CHEM 331-332 or 330
PHYS 103-104 (algebra-based)
or *PHYS 203-204 (calc-based)

*students taking PHYS 203-204 (calc-based physics) must have either taken or be concurrently enrolled in MATH 173-174 (Calculus I & II)
*A minimum of 1 course in Biochemistry (w/lab) is required or recemmended for most medical schools. Students must check the prerequisite course requirements for the schools in which they intend to apply to determine if a 2-course sequence in biochemistry is required.

Recommended Electives
The courses listed above satisfy the courses required for admission by the great majority of American medical and dental schools and will provide a strong foundation for MCAT/DAT preparation. Additional courses are recommended but not required, and depend on whether students are choosing a career in Allopathic Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine or Dentistry. They might include such courses as:

BIOL 205-206 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 s.h.)
BIOL 212 General Genetics (4 s.h.)
BIOL 362 Microbiology (4 s.h.)
PHIL 102 Ethics (3 s.h.) or Biomedical Ethics

Entrance Exams and Applying to Medical and Dental School
Preparation for the MCAT and DAT should begin once students choose the Medicine or Dental career path. MCAT exam dates are announced in early fall with registration available in October 2015. DAT exams are ongoing throughout the year.

Application to allopathic medical school is made through the centralized application AMCAS.
Applicatoin to ostepathic medical school is made through the centralized application AACOMAS.
Application to dental school is made through the centralized application AADSAS.

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)
Interviews for the Committee Recommendation Letter for Medical & Dental School applicants are held by the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) each Spring. Students must be of junior or senior standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students should plan to request a committee interview in the spring semester prior to application to medical school or the spring semester prior to graduation from SUNY Oneonta.

The following documents must be received via email by the Coordinator of PreHealth Professions
by 5:00pm on March 30, 2016 for the student to be eligible for an interview:
1) Personal Essay
2) CV (resume)
3) PreHealth evaluation form from 3 references


  1. The PreMedicine/PreDentistry concentration coursework will satisfy the course requirements for admission at most American medical and dental schools, but not necessarily all schools. Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools in which they intend to apply.

  2. It is essential that students in the PreHealth Professional program confer regularly with advisors for these concentrations, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta, with questions directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the PreHealth Professions Program SUNY Oneonta.

last update 25 March 2016 (TLL Webmaster)