Medical, dental, optometry and podiatry schools specify a fairly uniform set of entrance requirements. Although some schools require or recommend additional courses, a student interested in a career in these health professions should complete the following courses in the context of their major. Students should check with the Chief Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Judy Schmalstig, to determine if additional courses are necessary to complete the requirements of a specific medical school. The University of Florida, for example, requires Biochemistry in addition to the standard program. We also recommend that pre-health professions students take HPA 150 Careers in Health Science during their sophomore year.
Requirements for professional schools in veterinary medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physicians assistant, etc. are variable. Check with the Chief Health Professions Advisor for the specific requirements of the professional school you wish to enter.
It is expected that students serious about careers in health professions obtain practical experience in those fields through summer work or volunteer activities. Opportunities also exist for academic internships. With HPAC support, juniors may plan internships with health professionals to better assess their career interests.
Since the application process for health professional schools begins during the spring of the junior year, the course work outlined above should be completed by the end of that semester. Students with an interest in preparing themselves for a health related career should contact the coordinator of the program as early as possible in the freshman year. Faculty members of the Health Professions Advisory Committee will then work with the student and their academic adviser to design a curriculum suited to their needs and interests.
Rollins graduate (2011) Amy Iarrobino is now a first year medical student.
2007 graduate Brian Thomas is a first year medical resident physician.