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 who will assist with academic planning. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor in their department of interest during their second year. Any student on a Pre-Health track may meet with the Pre-Health Advisor in addition to their PLAN or major advisor.

At Simmons, Pre-Health tracks are made up of a solid foundation in the natural sciences and mathematics along with a background in the social sciences and humanities. These courses help students fulfill the prerequisites required for many postgraduate programs and prepare for standardized admission tests (i.e. MCAT, DAT). Pre-Health tracks are NOT majors, so students must also select a major in their area of interest. Pre-Health track requirements can be fulfilled within the context of any science or liberal arts major offered at Simmons.

Current Simmons students interested in a Pre-Health track should click the button below to fill out our Pre-Health Interest Form. This form is the primary way for the Pre-Health Advisors to track Pre-Health students and will put students on email communication lists. If a student's plans change, they may return to the form at any time to edit their response and update the Pre-Health Advisors.

Pre-Health Registration

Check out the Simmons 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).

Sample Pre-Med Timeline

The Pre-Med Academic Plan includes 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. 

Helpful Resources

"Pre-Dental" includes students considering continued education and careers in the following areas:

  • D.D.M. Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery

The Pre-Dental 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).

Sample Pre-Dental Timeline

The Pre-Dental Academic Plan includes an example of how you may wish to take courses. This is a plan generally appropriate for a science major who does not plan to take a gap year before beginning dental school. Timing of these courses may change due to your major/minor requirements, placement exam results, academic performance or availability. 

Helpful Resources

"Pre-Vet" includes students considering continued education and careers in the following areas:

  • D.V.M. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Pre-Vet 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).

Veterinary school admission is very competitive because there are very few programs.  The average applicant takes three application cycles to be admitted. Exposure to veterinary medicine and hands-on animal care experience is vital to build a competitive veterinary school application.

Sample Pre-Veterinary Timeline

The Pre-Vet Academic Plan includes an example of how you may wish to take courses. This is a plan generally appropriate for a science major who does not plan to take a gap year before beginning veterinary school. Timing of these courses may change due to your major/minor requirements, placement exam results, academic performance or availability. 

Helpful Resources

"Pre-PA" includes students considering master's level Physician Assistant programs.

The Pre-PA 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).

Please note that prerequisites for PA programs vary greatly by school.  You are encouraged to research the prerequisites for your desired schools on their admission websites.  Many schools require patient care hours (can range from 200-2000 hours).

Sample Pre-PA Timeline

The Pre-PA Academic Plan includes an example of how you may wish to take courses. This is a plan generally appropriate for a science major who does not plan to take a gap year before beginning PA school. Timing of these courses may change due to your major/minor requirements, placement exam results, academic performance or availability. 

The Pre-Med Scholar Program is a partnership between Simmons University 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 eligible to apply for the program.  The application to participate in the program for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is now closed.  Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year will be posted in Spring 2019. Pre-Med alumnae interested in applying may email for more information.

Students applying to Medical and Dental Schools often request a "Committee" or "Composite" Letter from their undergraduate institution. This letter summarizes the student’s letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, mentors, etc. and includes the Pre-Health Committee’s recommendation for that student to their professional school of choice. Please follow the following timeline to receive a Committee Letter from Simmons University.

Notes:

  • These are hard deadlines. If students miss deadlines, the Pre-Health Committee reserves the right to refuse a committee letter.
  • This timeline begins in January for students planning to submit applications medical/dental school in June.
  • The idea behind the self-assessment is both to provide the Pre-Health committee with background about the student and to encourage the student to think about their competitiveness as an applicant for the upcoming cycle.

Committee Letter Timeline

January 31

  • Self-Assessment due. This Self-Assessment is meant to be a tool to help you prepare for the application process and assess your own readiness to apply. The Pre-Health Advisors encourage you to be thoughtful and self-reflective in your responses to best prepare for a strong personal statement, interview, and overall application. Students are encouraged to start using this document during their first or sophomore year as they prepare for medical or dental school.
  • Committee Letter Agreement due.
  • Email both documents to Advising.

March 15

  • Personal statement draft due to Pre-Health committee. Send to Advising. It does not have to be a final draft, but the draft should be complete and well thought out.
  • Professor Selection for Committee Letter Interviews due. The Pre-Health Committee for your interview will be made up of Dr. Canfield, Sara Purisky, and up to 3 professors of your choice (at least one science, one non-science). Please email the professor names to Advising by this date (earlier is preferred).

Late March/Early April

  • Committee Letter Interviews

April 15

  • All letters of recommendation due to Pre-Health Committee. All letters must be sent directly from the recommender to Advising to be considered official. Hard copies may be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Advising in a sealed envelope from the recommender. Electronic letters are strongly preferred.

June 31

  • Pre-Health Committee deadline to submit Committee Letters to AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, etc. Provided that the above deadlines are met, the Pre-Health Committee will commit to submitting letters between June 1 and June 31. Please let us know early in the process when you plan to submit your AMCAS application so we can plan ahead.
  • PLEASE NOTE: We cannot submit a letter on your behalf until we receive your Application ID # and/or a request for a committee letter from the application service. Please be sure to send these requests as soon as you are able to access the application system (usually early May).

Sara Purisky

Pre-Health Advisor, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Dr. Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield

Faculty Pre-Health Advisor, Department of Chemistry & Physics