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.

Required courses in the pre-medical & pre-dental concentrations with suggested year

BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
COMP 100
a literature course

BIOL 201
CHEM 221-322
two from MATH 173-174, STAT 101

CHEM 331-332
PHYS 103-104 (algebra-based) or
PHYS 203-204 (calculus-based)

Recommended Electives

The courses listed above satisfy the courses required for admission by the great majority of American medical and dental schools. 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 for Medical & 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.

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Interviews for Medical & Dental School

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) interviews are held each Spring.
Students must be of junior (early decision) or senior (regular decision) standing and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.

The prospective student's Personal Statement and PreHealth evaluation forms from 3 references 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. 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 1 November 2015