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Pre-Health Advisement Program

At St. John’s University, pre-health students gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for success in medical or graduate school. You can choose from a range of exciting and challenging majors, any of which will allow you flexibility to complete the necessary academic and extracurricular requirements for graduate study in a health-related field.

Health professions encompass a wide range of careers that offer both challenging and rewarding service.  You can pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry, chiropractor, podiatry,  public health (such as epidemiology), etc.  Consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Department of Labor, 2016-17 Edition) for an overview of healthcare occupations.

Professional organizations are also an excellent information resource:  American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Dental Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Chiropractic Association, American Optometric Association, American Podiatric Medical Association, etc.


The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) is organized to guide St. John’s University students wishing to enter any of the healthcare professions (except those housed in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). When you register with the committee, you will be assigned an advisor experienced in guiding students through the complex process of gaining admission to a health profession graduate school. Your advisor will help you prepare applications to medical and health-related professional schools, select an appropriate curriculum to fulfill pre-requisites for these schools, and stay abreast of their admission requirements.  Also, the committee will prepare the letters of evaluation required by professional schools.

Required Courses

As a pre-health student, you must complete the following courses to qualify for admission to most health professional schools.  Note that there are a few variations in specific fields, but the most common are:

  • One year of biology, with laboratories
  • One year of chemistry, with laboratories
  • One year of organic chemistry, with laboratories
  • One year of physics, with laboratories
  • One year of math (usually calculus and statistics)
  • English

To register for the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee, please contact:

Gregory Gades
Senior Assistant Dean and Chair of Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee
St. John Hall, Room 145