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.
*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.
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:
PreHealth evaluation form from 3 references
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.
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.