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Pre-Health: Planning Prerequisites
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Planning Your Prerequisite Course Schedule

Hofstra College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences

If you wish to matriculate at a professional school directly after graduation from Hofstra University, you must be ready to submit your applications immediately following junior year. Ideally, this means deciding by the beginning of your first-year to pursue a premedical course of study. We propose the timetable listed below regarding the completion of academic program requirements and preparation of your application. If you have any questions about the outline below, please contact your Advisement dean.

| Freshman | Sophomore | Junior | Senior |

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall
English 001 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 003 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 011 (4 c.r.)

Spring
English 002 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 004 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 012 (4 c.r.)

Make sure that during the first year you:

  1. Attend orientation session prior to first semester attendance at Hofstra.
  2. Register with the advisement office and begin collecting recommendations for your pre-health file.
  3. Join APHOS to meet students with similar interests and goals and to hear guest lecturers from the health professions. Contact your Advisement Dean for more information.
  4. Visit "Considering a Career in Medicine" web site for further information.
  5. Participate in summer paid or volunteer work in health-related field.
  6. Attend summer school if necessary.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall
*Math 50 or 71 (4 c.r.)
Chemistry 131 A & B (4 c.r.)

Spring
*Math 71 or 72 (4 c.r.)
Chemistry 132 A & B (4 c.r.)

Make sure that during your sophomore year you:

  1. Continue to maintain high academic standing.
  2. Make sure you declare a major with your interests in mind and not what you think will get you into medical/professional school.
  3. Volunteer at a local hospital, nursing home, EMT, etc.
  4. Continue to collect faculty recommendation forms.
  5. Continue to meet with your Advisement Dean and Pre-Health Advisor.
  6. Investigate special summer opportunities.
  7. Attend Anatomy of Pre-Health Student Seminar hosted by the University Advisement Office.

*Math level dependent on previous coursework and ability. Generally, only one semester of calculus is suggested for students wishing to enter medical school. However, requirements may vary depending on student's major and career choice. For example, physician assistant & physical therapist programs also require statistics.


JUNIOR YEAR

Fall
Physics 11A & 11B (5 c.r.)
Physics 1A & 1B (4 c.r.)

Spring
Physics 12A & 12B (5 c.r.)
Physics 2A & 2B (4 c.r.)

Make sure that during your junior year you:

  1. Do research and/or get experience if you have not already done so.
  2. Decide when and if you will take a test prep class for the MCAT, DAT, OAT, GRE, or other admissions exam.
  3. Complete the Application for the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
  4. Hand out the rest of the faculty recommendation forms.
  5. See Pre-Health Advisor and Academic Dean regularly.
  6. Start writing for admission applications/brochures from non-AMCAS participating schools.
  7. Investigate:
  8. Select the schools you should apply to. Try to be realistic and consult the current Medical School Admissions Requirement (MSAR) book produced by AAMC.
  9. Make sure all your recommendations and supporting information is in your Advisement Pre-Health File.
  10. Schedule and prepare for Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee interview

Summer

  1. Check for accuracy, Hofstra and all other transcripts that are being sent to AMCAS.
  2. Have ALL transcripts sent to AMCAS or other application service early.
  3. Fill out AMCAS or other applications and don't forget personal comments section! It is important! This is your chance to let the schools get to know you as a person. Mail it in early June
  4. Study for Admissions exam if you are planning to take or retake it in the fall.
  5. 5. Sit before the PreHealth Advisory Committee if not already done so.

SENIOR YEAR

  1. Finish all requirements for graduation and prerequisites for admission to professional school.
  2. Take appropriate admissions test, if necessary.
  3. Complete supplementary applications-secondaries as soon as possible after they are received.
  4. Prepare and practice for interviews.
  5. Keep your Pre-Health Advisor informed about interviews, acceptances, and rejections so we can better advise others.
  6. Develop an alternative plan of action (i.e. If you are planning to reapply, how can you improve your academic record or career path?) Contact admission offices and ask them how you can improve on your portfolio.
  7. You may have a long wait ahead of you and may not find out if you were accepted to the school of your dreams until the first day of classes begins.
  8. Obtain income tax information from you and your parents. Apply for all forms of financial aid even before you have an acceptance. File FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.
  9. Make decisions regarding which professional school you will be attending if you gain multiple acceptances.
  10. Notify school that you will not be attending immediately.

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