Pre-Medicine

Pre-Medicine Concentration

Pre-Medicine Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the pre-health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta. Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement. Students should confer with advisors for their primary major and specific Pre-Health Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta. 

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Medicine Concentration.

Pre-Medicine Concentration Coursework

  • Provides a strong foundation for MCAT preparation
  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most American medical schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, and vary, depending on whether students are applying for admission to Allopathic Medicine (MD) or Osteopathic Medicine (DO) schools.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.
Required Coursework (Fall 2016 and later matriculants)
TOTAL: 67-76 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 or 331 only or 330 19-24 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selections (ANY two literature courses, broadly defined - can be outside of LITR course designation) 6 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-co requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223 (173) [MATH 224 (174) optional based on individual advisement] 4-8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
SOC 101 3 sh
PHIL Selections (two from: 101, 102, 103, 206, 211) 6 sh
Required Coursework (matriculants prior to Fall 2016 )
TOTAL: 57-58 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 24 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selection 3 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-co requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 173, 174 or STAT 101 7-8 sh

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the MCAT and applying to medical school the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter medical school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their pre-health concentration advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-medicine students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. In fact, over 60% of first-time applicants to medical school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning medical school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh PSYC 100 (Intro. Psychology) 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh LITR selec 3 sh
MATH 223 (173) (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 224 (174) (Calculus II) *as advised or other 4 sh
PHIL selec 3 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or Gen Ed 1-6 sh
YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 331 (Biochemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 332 (Biochemistry II) 4 sh
PHYS 103 or 203 (General Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 (General Physics II) 4 sh
SOC 101 (Intro. Sociology) 3 sh LITR selec 3 sh
PHIL selec 3 sh upper division courses 3-4 sh
upper division course or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh upper division course or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh
YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL
SPRING
electives as advised 3-6 sh electives as advised 3-6 sh
immersion experience 3-6 sh immersion experience 3-6 sh
upper division courses or research 6-9 sh upper division courses or research 6-9 sh

Applying to Medical School

Centralized Application Services

  • Application to allopathic (MD) medical school is made through the centralized application AMCAS.
  • Application to osteopathic (DO) medical school is made through the centralized application AACOMAS.

Entrance Exams

Preparation for the MCAT should begin once students choose the medicine career path. MCAT exam dates are announced in early fall.

  • KHAN Academy provides free comprehensive review for all topics on the MCAT

Students frequently seek additional fee-based MCAT test prep, including:

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Letter is how SUNY Oneonta formally presents our candidates to medical school. The strengths and attributes of students applying are summarized in a "HPAC Committee Letter or Committee Letter" of recommendation, which accompanies the individual letters of recommendation that are forwarded to medical schools. Students desiring a Committee Letter for their medical school applications should plan to apply for an interview in their spring semester prior to application to medical school or the spring semester prior to graduation from SUNY Oneonta.

The following HPAC interview & letter eligibility requirements have been established. Students are approved in two phases:

Phase 1: The following information must be submitted to the HPAC Chair via email the Office365 Form NO LATER than 5 p.m. on January 30, 2019:

  • Names of individuals completing HPAC evaluation form (3-5 persons)
  • Class standing (Student must be of junior or senior standing)
  • Expected graduation
  • GPA (Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)
  • Completed hand-signed Privacy Act Waiver Form
  • Electronic copy of Privacy Act Waiver Form

Only students approved after Phase 1 will eligible to apply for Phase 2.

Phase 2: The following documents must be submitted to the HPAC Chair via email NO LATER than 5:00pm on March 30, 2019:

  • HPAC evaluation form from 3-5 references
  • Personal Statement
  • CV (resume)
  • MCAT scores (or results of practice tests), if available

Students who are approved after BOTH Phase 1 AND Phase 2 of the application process will be invited to interview with the HPAC beginning April 2, 2019.
Spring 2019 HPAC interviews will be held in early April 2019.


HPAC-related questions should be directed to the HPAC Chair.