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Pre-Professional Preparation

Pre-Law Studies

Although there is no specific pre-law curriculum, a strong foundation in the liberal arts, with emphasis on such subjects as English language and literature, political science, sociology, philosophy and logic, history or economics is highly recommended.

Virtually all law schools require the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for admission. Students intending to go to law school directly after gradu- ation should visit the career center to receive assistance with program planning and with the law school application process.

Sample listing of law schools Hood students have attended:

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law School
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • New England School of Law
  • Benjamin Cardoza Law School
  • American University, Washington College School of Law
  • Pennsylvania State University, The Dickenson School of Law

Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Studies

Medical schools prefer students who have a broad background in the humanities and social sciences. The following courses, specified in the Medical School Admissions Requirements, are most often the minimum required by professional schools in the United States and Canada. These courses should be completed by the end of the junior year.

  • 8 credits of biology
  • CHEM 101 and 102: General Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 209 and 210: Organic Chemistry I and II
  • ENGL 100, 101 or 110-139: English composition course, plus another semester of a writing-intensive course
  • PHYS 101 and 102: General Physics (requires MATH 120) or PHYS 203 and 204
  • Introductory Physics I and II (requires calculus)

The courses listed below are strongly recommended, but not strictly required, by professional schools. These courses are also best completed by the end of the junior year in order to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Each student should decide, in consultation with a member of Hood's Health Professions Advisory Committee, whether or not to take additional sci- ence courses.

  • BIOL 307: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 316: Genetics
  • BIOL 331: Microbiology
  • BIOL 339: Cell Biology
  • CHEM 301: Biological Chemistry I

Most schools require a year of English, some require calculus and many encourage the study of philosophy or ethics.

Hood's Health Professions Advisory Committee members not only provide advice on preparation for medical, dental and veterinary schools, but also write letters of recommendation to accompany eligible students' applications.

Students considering graduate school in one of the health professions should register with the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center.

Although biology, biochemistry and chemistry are the majors most often chosen, students may major in any area. In any case, students must earn a competitive grade point average (3.5 or higher is typical of successful candidates) and must show proficiency in the sciences. The selection of courses and choice of major should be discussed with a member of the Health Professions Advisory Committee early in students' college careers.

The MCAT and DAT tests are given in the late spring (April or May) and in the fall (August or October). The appropriate test should be taken in the spring of the junior year after students have taken the minimum science courses listed above.

Medical and dental schools consider these important factors when evalu- ating applications:

1. The undergraduate cumulative average;

2. The results of the Medical College Admission Test or Dental Admission Test;

3. Evaluations from Hood faculty and the Health Professions Advisory Committee;

4. A personal interview, if the professional school requests it; and

5. Off-campus experience in community service or in health professions activities.

Sample of medical schools to which Hood College's alumni have been admitted


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • The George Washington School of Medicine
  • Howard University School of Medicine
  • Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Marshall University School of Medicine
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine


  • University of Connecticut School of Dentistry
  • West Virginia University School of Dentistry


  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Studies

Admission into a veterinary school is among the most difficult of any post-baccalaureate program. Veterinary medical schools require students to be prepared with a strong grounding in the sciences (in particular, biochemistry, chemistry and microbiology) balanced by coursework in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

In addition to demonstrating exceptional ability in the classroom, most veterinary schools also expect students to have had hands-on experience under the tutelage of an experienced veterinarian.

Students interested in entering the veterinary profession should contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee and/or the Career Center for information about the application process and veterinary schools.

Sample listing of veterinary schools Hood students have attended:

  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Va.-Md. Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine

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