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  • Pre-Health Professions

    Saint Vincent College has a long history of preparing students for entrance to health profession schools including human medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry and chiropractic.

     Pre-health profession students may choose any major and are guided by the Preprofessional Health Committee. The Committee consists of approximately eight SVC faculty and a physician. It advises students about coursework, clinical exposure, service activities, leadership roles, entrance examinations, applications and interviews. The Committee also conducts a comprehensive freshmen orientation program, maintains an extensive system of electronic resources for students and hosts speakers. Shortly before students submit their applications to health profession schools, the Committee assesses the candidacy of each prospective applicant and prepares detailed recommendation letters. The overall goal is to enable each student to put his or her best foot forward.

     Every student interested in the health professions must complete one year of General Biology with lab (BL 150-153), one year of General Chemistry with lab (CH 101-104), one semester of Calculus (MA 109), one year of Organic Chemistry with lab (CH 221-224) and one year of General Physics with lab (PH 111-114). Individual health profession schools may have additional requirements. More specific information about prerequisite coursework is available from:

    • Allopathic Medicine: American Association of Medical Colleges (www.aamc.org)
    • Osteopathic Medicine: American Association of Osteopathic Medical Colleges (www.aacom.org)
    • Dental Medicine: American Dental Education Association (www.adea.org)
    • Veterinary Medicine: American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (www.aavmc.org)
    • Optometry: Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (www.opted.org)
    • Podiatry: American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (www.aacpm.org)
    • Chiropractic: Association of Chiropractic Colleges (www.chirocolleges.org)
     In addition to preparing students for matriculation to health professions schools, SVC offers programs in some allied health professions. For more information about those programs, click on the links to the left.