Academic Preparation

Undergraduate students should meet with both their major advisor and a prehealth advisor to determine the best way to successfully complete all their coursework. Academic course requirements may be integrated into any major at Northeastern. Most admissions committees don’t give preference to any particular undergraduate major. Students majoring in subjects outside of the sciences may need to complete courses beyond the minimum requirements to graduate which will entail additional tuition.

Post-Bacc Students, Graduate Students and Alumni should set up an appointment with the appropriate prehealth advisor to determine required coursework (if necessary), sequencing and timeline.  Please bring a copy of all unofficial transcripts to this meeting.

Please refer to the CONTACT US tab to find the appropriate advisor and directions on how to set up an appointment.

Required Coursework

The courses listed below meet the course requirements of many health professional programs. Specific Health Professional Schools may require or recommend additional coursework. Please refer to individual websites of the schools in which are are most interested as well as the appropriate official admissions guidebooks for up-to-date information.

  • Medical School Admissions Requirements (AAMC)
  • Official Guide to Dental Schools (ADEA)
  • Osteopathic College Information Book (AACOM)
  • Podiatric Medical College Information Book (AACPM)
  • Schools and Colleges of Optometry Admissions Requirements (ASCO)
  • Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (AAVMC)

A typical program of study at Northeastern would include:

Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics (BCMP)

  • 2 semesters/3 quarters of Introductory Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters/3 quarters of General Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters/3 quarters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters/3 quarters of Physics with labs
  • 1 semester/2 quarters of Genetics and Molecular Biology with lab
  • 1 semester/2 quarters of Biochemistry with lab
  • 2 semesters/3 quarters of Math (e.g., calculus 1 and/or Calculus 2 plus statistics)

Social Science and Humanities

  • 2 semesters/3 quarters of English (Writing and Literature)
  • 2 semesters/3 quarters of behavioral sciences (Psychology and Sociology)

Additional Preparation May Be Necessary In the Following Areas:

  • Biology (e.g., Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology)
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Research (coursework and/or experiential learning)

AP/IB Credit

Professional programs generally allow students to use AP and IB credit to fulfill course prerequisite requirements as long as an equivalent number of higher level classes (with labs for the sciences) in the same discipline are completed at the college level.  Many schools require that students take two college level English courses, for students with AP English we recommend taking an English Literature class.  Each school will have their own policy, and it is best to consult with their admissions office to find out more about their policies.

The above program is intended to provide a basic foundation for PreHealth students and includes preparation in subject areas that will be tested in the new 2015 MCAT.  It is the student’s responsibility to research specific post-graduate programs and target schools of interest, and to work with their advisors to determine an appropriate course of study.

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