Required Courses

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. 

Subject Suggested Rollins Courses
  • General Biology I, II (BIO 120, 121)

Two additional Biology courses are recommended from the following:

  • Microbiology (BIO 229)
  • Genetics (BIO 308)
  • Animal Physiology (BIO 312)
  • Molecular Biology (BIO 341)
  • Cellular Biology (BIO 360)
  • Developmental Biology (BIO 370)
  • General Chemistry (CHM 120, 121)
  • Organic Chemistry I, II (CHM 220, 221)
Strongly Recommended:
  • Biochemistry (BCH 335)
  • General Physics I (PHY 120) and
  • General Physics II (PHY 121) or Principles of Physics II (PHY 131)
Mathematics Two courses in mathematics are required. Recommended courses include:
  • Precalculus (MAT 109)
  • Applied Calculus (MAT 110)
  • Calculus I (MAT 111)
  • a course in statistics
  • Composition: Writing about Selected Topics (ENG 140)
  • Literature and Experience (ENG 190) or other upper division English course


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.

Graduating senior (2011) Amy Iarrobino will be attending medical school in the fall.

Rollins graduate (2011) Amy Iarrobino is now a first year medical student.



2007 graduate Brian Thomas is now a fourth year medical student.

2007 graduate Brian Thomas is a first year medical resident physician.

Chief Health Professions Advisor

Dr. James A. Zimmerman
CAJ Institute
Rollins College Box 2799
1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789-4499

Office: International House
Tel: 407-646-2261
Fax: 407-646-2138

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