Pre-Health Advising

Simmons offers Pre-Health coursework that provides strong preparation for admission to medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, veterinary, and physician assistant programs. 

First-year students will be assigned an PLAN Advisor from the Office of Undergraduate Advising who will assist with academic planning. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor during their second year, and may also meet with the Faculty Pre-Health Advisor. 

Undergraduate preparation for medical professions includes a solid foundation in the natural sciences and mathematics and a background in the social sciences and humanities. Admission requirements can be fulfilled within the context of any science or liberal arts major offered at Simmons.

Interested in Pre-Health? Let Us Know

Check out the Simmons College Pre-Health Liaison Facebook Group for updates and events.

"Pre-Med" includes students considering continued education and careers in the following areas:
  • M.D: Doctor of Medicine, Allopathic Medicine
  • D.O.: Doctor of Osteopathy
  • M.D./PH.D.
  • D.P.M.: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • O.D.: Doctor of Optometry
The Pre-Med Academic Plan is a tool providing an overview of admissions requirements, coursework, timelines and tips for applicants. Please review this guide, consider individual circumstances and discuss questions with your advisor(s).

Pre-Med Timeline

The below grid is an example of how you may wish to take courses. This is a plan generally appropriate for a science major. Timing of these courses may change due to your major/minor requirements, placement exam results, academic performance or availability. See the Pre-Med Academic Plan for more info.

Year 1 Chemistry I (CHEM 111/113/115)

Biology I (BIOL 113/115)

MATH 120

Boston Course

Simmons: Explore

Chemistry II (CHEM 216)

Biology course (218 or 221)

Leadership Course
Exposure to Medicine

Community Service

Year 2

Learning Community
Organic Chemistry I (CHEM224)

Animal Physiology (BIOL 222)

Physics I (PHYS 112)
Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 225)

Cell Biology (BIOL 225)

Physics II (PHYS 113)

Simmons: Experience
Continue Service

Year 3

3D- Design Across Diverse Disciplines

Simmons: Excel
Biochemistry (CHEM 345)

MCAT Preparation

MCAT Preparation

Exam by May
Apply by June/July

Secondary Applications

Year 4


Additional Course Requirements

Med School Interviews

Additional Course Requirements

Med School Interviews

Take a break before Med School begins
Additional Coursework:
These courses depend on your major, completion of prerequisites and requirements for prospective medical schools.
MATH 118: Introductory Statistics (QL)

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychological Science

SOCI 241: Health, Illness and Society (SH)

ENGL or COMM: choose a writing intensive course (often ALA)

Language: TWO sequential courses in the same language

Global Cultural (GC) Key Content Area

  • The QL, ALA, SH and SCI requirements will likely be fulfilled with the above Pre-Health courses.
  • Please discuss any questions or uncertainties with your advisors.
Pre-Med Scholar Program

The Pre-Med Scholar Program is a partnership between Simmons College Pre-Health Advising and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Emergency Medicine Department. This program pairs Simmons Pre-Med students with Physicians from BIDMC-EM's Women in Emergency Medicine organization to form a mentoring relationship for one academic year.

Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors on the Pre-Med track are welcome to apply. The application is located here. The application to participate in the program for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is due on Friday, April 27th by 4:00pm. Pre-Med alumnae interested in applying may email, for more information.