Pre-Medical + Health Careers

Saint Michael's Pre-Health

A liberal arts education from Saint Michael's can prepare you well for a career in medicine and the health sciences. It combines a strong science background with courses that build your intellectual skills and critical reasoning capabilities, as well as provide you with a breadth of understanding of different ways of knowing and thinking. As a result, Saint Michael's students have over an 85 percent acceptance rate at medical, dental, and veterinary schools.

Students interested in a career in the health sciences follow a curriculum that provides all the courses necessary to gain admission to medical, dental or other allied health graduate programs. Many students interested in a health career choose to major in one of the sciences; however, students who choose a non-science major can take the courses that are required in preparation for the various pre-medical or allied health graduate programs as electives.

For pre-health inquiries, please contact:
Adam Weaver
Pre-Health Advisor for the College
Cheray Hall 313E

For inquiries regarding the Albany College Pre-Pharmacy program, please contact Shane Lamos.

While each health professional program has specific course requirements, typical requirements and recommendations include: 

Medical, Dental, or Veterinary School

  • 2 Biology Required (up to 6 Recommended)
  • 5 Chemistry (1 Biochemistry)
  • 2 Math (1-2 Calculus)
  • 2 Physics
  • 1 English Composition
  • 1 Sociology
  • 1 Psychology

Nursing (Accelerated Programs)

  • 2 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 1 Chemistry
  • 1 Developmental Psychology
  • 1 Microbiology
  • 1 Statistics
  • 1 Nutrition

Physician Assistant

  • 2 General Biology
  • 2 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 1 Microbiology
  • 2 General Chemistry
  • 1 Biochemistry
  • 1 Psychology
  • 1 Statistics

Physical Therapy

  • 1 Biology
  • 2 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 1 Exercise Physiology (Recommended)
  • 2 College Chemistry with labs
  • 2 Physics with labs
  • 1 Psychology
  • 1 Statistics

Your faculty advisor and the Pre-Health advisor will both work with you to develop an academic plan that matches your goals.

Special advising is provided to students interested in health careers, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, optometry, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant and public health careers. Faculty members assist students in their course selection, their graduate school application process, and their preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Saint Michael's has a special agreement with the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which has a campus nearby in Colchester.  Through this agreement, the ACPHS assures interviews each year to qualified Saint Michael's College students.  Saint Michael's students also have the option to major in Pre-Pharmacy, a dual-degree program with ACPHS.

Professional schools our students have attended in recent years include:


Albany Medical College
Dartmouth Medical School
New York University School of Medicine
University of Connecticut Medical School
University of Vermont School of Medicine
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Massey University School of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine


NYU Dental School
SUNY-Buffalo Dental School
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

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