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.

For pre-health inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Paul Constantino
Chief Pre-Health Advisor
Cheray Hall 302D


Dr. Dagan Loisel
Pre-Health Advisor
Cheray Hall 312

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

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. 

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


Many local and regional organizations offer health-related internships to Saint Michael's College students, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Associates in Orthodontics
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Burlington Emergency Veterinary Specialists
  • Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Essex Physical Therapy
  • First Choice Physical Therapy
  • Maitri Health Care for Women
  • NxStage Medical
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Vermont Department of Health

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with local health providers is a great way to help the community while gaining valuable experience.  For information about finding clinical experiences and making the most out of your volunteer opportunities, visit the Association of American Medical Colleges

Saint Michael's College Fire and Rescue

The SMC Rescue Unit is a unique way for students to gain real-world, hands-on medical experience.  Student crews respond to 2200 calls annually, dealing with medical emergencies in nearby towns.  Student volunteers can earn CPR, EMT, and Advanced EMT certification.

University of Vermont Medical Center

There are many positions available at the nearby UVM Medical Center, including:

  • Art from the Heart: Assist with art sessions for children on the Pediatrics Unit
  • Emergency Department Waiting Room: Serve as a liaison between staff, family, and patients. Escort visiting family members.
  • Pediatrics: Participate in Child Life Play Program: involve pediatric patients in play activities. Training provided by Child Life Specialist.
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Medical Intensive Care Unit Liaison: Assist staff by supporting families of patients who are in the SICU/MICU waiting areas. Act as a liaison between families and staff.
  • No One Dies Alone Volunteer: Volunteer to sit vigil with dying patients in the absence of family or friends.

Visiting Nurse Association

The Visiting Nurse Association provides volunteer opportunities in hospice, respite care, and other areas.

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