The Medical/Dental Prerequisites
Shown below are the minimum requirements for medical (allopathic and osteopathic) and dental schools with the corresponding UNH course numbers. These courses can be taken as part of a student's major requirements, as Discovery requirements, as requirements for a minor, or as electives.
NOTE: The requirements for Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, and other health professional programs can vary, and students interested in these programs are urged to review the respective Career Fact Sheet in order to formulate an appropriate curriculum, and contact individual schools for specific requirements.
→ INCO 403 (only offered Spring semester) Designed to be taken sophomore year after completion of a full year of a pre-requisite lab science
|→ BIOL 411 and 412|
|→ CHEM 403 and 404|
|→ CHEM 651/653 & 652/654 or 547/549 and 548/550|
|→ PHYS 401 and 402 or 407 and 408|
|→ MATH 424a, 424b, or 425|
→ BIOL 555 or 528, PSYC 402, SOC 502, HHS 540, ADMN 420 *
|→ ENGL 401 plus 502 or 503 (ENGL 501 or 419 may also be used)|
→ BMCB 658/659 or BMCB 751 and 752
PSYC 401, SOC 400 other relevant Soc/Psyc courses. See additional courses listed below
*Some schools may require two semesters of calculus (Johns Hopkins/Harvard)
AP Credit, though accepted by UNH, is not universally accepted by medical or dental schools. If you have placed out of one of the above courses, confer with the Health Professions Advisor. If you elect to not take the equivalent UNH course, you will need to take additional upper level courses in that subject area.
Additional, Suggested Science Courses
For students not majoring in life sciences it may be useful to take one or two additional upper level science courses. In addition to the courses listed above, one or more of the following courses, though not required, can be helpful in preparation for entrance exams, school interviews, and for medical or dental study in general.
Additional science courses:
|BMS 507-508 or ANSC 511-512 Not required for medical/dental programs. If interested, upper level physiology courses preferred.|
Please keep in mind that the previous lists are only suggested courses, not required courses. If you are a strong student with a competitive GPA (~3.5), you will be at no distinct disadvantage if you are unable to fit these courses into your schedule. However, if you have performed at the C level or below in one or more of the required science courses, your application will benefit if you were to take and do well in one or more of the above science courses.
The following is a passage from the American Association of Medical Colleges Medical School Admissions Requirements
Advanced science coursework is not typically required by medical schools. Students may choose to take upper-level science courses because of their own interests or undergraduate major requirements. Taking additional science courses that duplicate the basic science material in the first two years of medical school is not recommended. In fact, practicing physicians often recommend that, during the final years of college, premedical students take advantage of what might be their last opportunity for the study of non-science area (music, art, history, and literature) that might become avocational interests later in life.
Additional courses relevant to health, human behavior, access to care, policy, and other topics:
Exploration of one or more of these areas is strongly encouraged for those majoring in business, life, and physical sciences.
ANTH 610 (Medical Anth:Illness & Healing)
SOC 635 (Medical Sociology), PSYC 758,
HMP 401, 569, 735, 744, 746 (and/or other HMP courses)
ARTS 567 (recommended for Predental students)
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