Required Coursework

The courses listed below meet the course requirements of many health professional programs. Specific Health Professional Schools may require or recommend additional coursework. Please refer to individual websites of the schools in which are are most interested as well as the appropriate official admissions guidebooks for up-to-date information.

  • Medical School Admissions Requirements (AAMC)
  • Official Guide to Dental Schools (ADEA)
  • Osteopathic College Information Book (AACOM)
  • Podiatric Medical College Information Book (AACPM)
  • Schools and Colleges of Optometry Admissions Requirements (ASCO)
  • Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (AAVMC)


A typical program of study at Northeastern would include:

Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Physics (BCMP)

  • 2 semesters of Introductory Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of Physics with labs
  • 1 semester of Genetics and Molecular Biology with lab
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry with lab
  • 2 semesters of Math (e.g., calculus 1 and/or Calculus 2 plus statistics)

Social Science and Humanities

  • 2 semesters of English (Writing and Literature)
  • 2 semesters of behavioral sciences (Psychology and Sociology)

Additional Preparation May Be Necessary In the Following Areas:

  • Biology (e.g., Physiology, Cell Biology, Microbiology)
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Research (coursework and/or experiential learning)


AP/IB Credit

Professional programs generally allow students to use AP and IB credit to fulfill course prerequisite requirements as long as an equivalent number of higher level classes (with labs for the sciences) in the same discipline are completed at the college level.  Many schools require that students take two college level English courses, for students with AP English we recommend taking an English Literature class.  Each school will have their own policy, and it is best to consult with their admissions office to find out more about their policies.

The above program is intended to provide a basic foundation for PreHealth students and includes preparation in subject areas that are tested on the MCAT.  It is the student’s responsibility to research specific post-graduate programs and target schools of interest, and to work with their advisors to determine an appropriate course of study.