Pre-Medicine

Pre-Medicine Professional Program Students must declare a primary major

Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both primary major and pre-health professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta and should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific Pre-Health Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements
    • Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.
  • The Pre-Health Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Medicine Concentration, listed below.
    • Students are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Profession for effective prehealth advisement.

       

Pre-Medicine Concentration

The Pre-Medicine Concentration coursework will provide a strong foundation for MCAT preparation and satisfy the course requirements for admission at most American medical schools.

  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, depending on whether students are choosing a career in Allopathic Medicine (MD) or Osteopathic Medicine (DO) schools.
  • Students should review information regarding the medical schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarding recommended electives.

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

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

Required Coursework (Fall 2016 and later matriculants)
TOTAL: 72-76 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 or 330 21-24 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selections (ANY two literature courses, broadly defined) 6 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-co requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223 (173) [MATH 224 (174) optional based on individual advisement] 4-8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
SOC 101 3 sh
PHIL Selections (two from: 101, 102, 103, 206, 211) 6 sh


Required Coursework (matriculants prior to Fall 2016 )
TOTAL: 57-58 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 24 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selection 3 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-co requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 173, 174 or STAT 101 7-8 sh

 

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the MCAT and applying to Medical 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 "growth 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 medical school and what primary major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-professional students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. In fact, over 60% of first-time applicants to medical school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning professional school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests.

YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh PSYC 100 (Intro. Psychology) 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh

 

YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh LITR selec 3 sh
MATH 223 (173) (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 224 (174) (Calculus II) *as advised or other 4 sh
PHIL selec 3 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or or Gen Ed 1-6 sh

 

YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 331 (Biochemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 332 (Biochemistry II) 4 sh
PHYS 103 or 203 (General Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 (General Physics II) 4 sh
SOC 101 (Intro. Sociology) 3 sh LITR selec 3 sh
PHIL selec 3 sh upper division courses 3-4 sh
upper division course or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh upper division course or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh

 

YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL
SPRING
electives as advised 3-6 sh electives as advised 3-6 sh
immersion experience 3-6 sh immersion experience 3-6 sh
upper division courses or research 6-9 sh upper division courses or research 6-9 sh

 

Applying to Medical School

Application to allopathic (MD) medical school is made through the centralized application AMCAS.

Application to ostepathic (DO) medical school is made through the centralized application AACOMAS.


Entrance Exams

Preparation for the MCAT should begin once students choose the Medicine career path.

MCAT exam dates are announced in early fall with registration available in October 2017.


Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

Students desiring a Committee Recommendation Letter for their Medical School applications 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 requirements have been established to be eligible for HPAC internviews & letters:

  • Notification of intent must be submitted to the HPAC Chair by January 30, 2018, to inlcude:
    • names of individuals completing HPAC evaluation form (3-5 persons)
    • class standing (Student must be of junior or senior standing)
    • GPA (Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)

  • The following documents must be received via email by the HPAC Chair no later than 5:00pm on March 30, 2018
    1. Personal Essay
    2. CV (resume)
    3. HPAC evaluation form from 3-5 references


Pre-Health related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator.



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