The Pre-Med Program

Saint Vincent College has a long history of preparing students for entrance to health profession schools.

Pre-health profession students may choose any major and are guided by the Preprofessional Health Committee. The Committee consists of approximately eight SVC faculty and a physician. It advises students about coursework, clinical exposure, service activities, leadership roles, entrance examinations, applications and interviews. The Committee also conducts a comprehensive freshmen orientation program, maintains an extensive system of electronic resources for students and hosts speakers. Shortly before students submit their applications to health profession schools, the Committee assesses the candidacy of each prospective applicant and prepares detailed recommendation letters. The overall goal is to enable each student to put his or her best foot forward. 

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Statistics
Following are the admissions statistics and schools attended for students who graduated from Saint Vincent College during the past five years.

Health Profession #Matriculants/#Applicants % Accepted
Human Medicine 38/47 81%
Dental Medicine 6/8 75%
Veterinary Medicine 6/7 86%
Optometry 11/13 85%
Podiatric Medicine 1/1 100%
Chiropractic 3/3 100%


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How can I prepare myself academically for medical school?  

You'll need a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences that relate most to medicine: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Entrance requirements at most medical schools include completion of course work in biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and English.

But a liberal arts education is a key ingredient to becoming a physician, so it's important for your college experience to be well-rounded. Taking courses in the humanities and the social sciences will help you prepare for the "people" side of medicine. The ideal physician understands how society works and can communicate and write well.

Extracurricular activities also are important. You may want to volunteer at a local hospital or clinic to gain practical health care experience.

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Requirements for the Health Professions

Every student interested in the health professions must complete one year of General Biology with lab (BL 150-153), one year of General Chemistry with lab (CH 101-104), one semester of Calculus (MA 109), one year of Organic Chemistry with lab (CH 221-224) and one year of General Physics with lab (PH 111-114). Individual health profession schools may have additional requirements. More specific information about prerequisite coursework is available from:

  • Allopathic Medicine: American Association of Medical Colleges (www.aamc.org)
  • Osteopathic Medicine: American Association of Osteopathic Medical Colleges (www.aacom.org)
  • Dental Medicine: American Dental Education Association (www.adea.org)
  • Veterinary Medicine: American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (www.aavmc.org)
  • Optometry: Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (www.opted.org)
  • Podiatry: American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (www.aacpm.org)
  • Chiropractic: Association of Chiropractic Colleges (www.chirocolleges.org)

In addition to preparing students for matriculation to health professions schools, SVC offers programs in some allied health professions. For more information about those programs, click on the links to the right. 

  • Learning Objectives
    • To broadly and effectively educate students in the theory and practice of science for success in the health and allied health professions.
    • To empower students with the skills and knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics necessary to form a broad scientific foundation as preparation for admissions exams, and for application in the health and allied health professions.
    • To specifically prepare undergraduate students for study in allopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, dental medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine.
    • To specifically prepare undergraduate students for study in allied health fields including nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant graduate programs.