Pre Health Advising

Pre-Med Program

Simmons offers Pre-Health coursework that, in addition to a student's major, provides strong preparation for admission to medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, veterinary, and physician assistant programs.

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

First-year students will be assigned an academic 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 Pre-Health Advisor. Any student interested in health professions should meet with their assigned advisor to discuss their interests and academic plan.


Below is a list of the most frequently utilized health professions materials:

  • Admission Requirements of US and Canadian Dental Schools
  • College Information Booklet of Osteopathic Medical Colleges
  • Medical School Admissions Requirements
  • Minority Student Opportunities in US Medical Schools
  • Pharmacy School Admission Requirements
  • Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements

Recommended Pre-Health Courses

Students are not required to be science majors to be eligible for admission to health professions schools and students should select a major based on their interests. All students interested in four year medical school programs must, however, complete the course requirements described below. In order to prepare for the required admission tests, which are normally taken at the end of the junior year if a student wishes to enter a medical school in the year following graduation, students should plan an academic program that will allow them to complete the following liberal arts and sciences requirements by that time.

The following courses will satisfy the core science requirements for medical school, although there may be additional courses that are required by some veterinary and optometry programs or are generally recommended by medical colleges. A solid foundation in the sciences is important preparation for medical school and will contribute to a strong performance on the medical college admission tests (DAT, MCAT, OAT, VCAT).

BIOL 113 or 115 General Biology
BIOL One additional semester of Biology (Selection of biology courses is dependent on your major)
CHEM 111 or 113 Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 114 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 226 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 345 Biochemistry
MATH 120 Calculus I
MATH 121 Calculus II (may be optional)
MATH 118 Statistics
PHYS 112 Physics I (calculus-based physics)
PHYS 113 Physics II (calculus-based physics)
PHYS 201 Wave Phenomena & Introductory Modern Physics (strongly recommended)
BOS 101 & ENGL course One year of English (literature or composition based)
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 
SOCI 241  Health, Illness & Society

You may also download the entire Simmons College Course Catalog as a PDF document.

Please note: Simmons College makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in its catalogue is accurate and complete. Occasionally, however, changes are made and mistakes are discovered after the catalogue has been placed online. Degree requirements may also change because of changes in curriculum, accreditation standards or legal requirements. If you have questions about a program, especially with regard to the course or training requirements for a particular degree, we encourage you to be in contact with the dean of the school, the director of the program, or the chairman of the relevant department for definitive information.

Recommended Experiences

Hospital or Clinical Experiences

Students who want to volunteer in a hospital setting should contact the Volunteer Departments at neighboring medical institutions (Brigham & Women's, Beth Israel, Children's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital).

Service Experience

Students can become involved in community service through organizations in the Boston area, student liaisons and the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service.


Participation in a scientific research project is encouraged. Science majors at Simmons typically complete their Senior Independent Study requirement by working in the research laboratories of faculty in the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology departments at the College or in research laboratories at neighboring medical research facilities.

Contact Us

Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield
Professor and Chemistry Department Chair
Park Science Center
Room S-438
Phone: 617.521.2731

First Year Students may meet with their assigned advisor in the Office of Academic Advising & Support

MCB E-108
Phone: 617.521.2474