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Health Professions Programs

Pre-Dental, Pre-Medicine, And Pre-Veterinary

It is strongly recommended that the following courses be completed by the end of the junior year in order to prepare for the MCAT, DAT or GRE exams and to fulfill academic requirements of the professional schools:

8 credits of biology at the 200 level (requires 4 credits of biology 110-129), BIOL 202 and 203 recommended
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
PHYS 101 and 102 General Physics I and II (requires MATH 120) OR
PHYS 203 and 204 Introductory Physics I and II (requires calculus)
One to two semesters of college mathematics (calculus and statistics are recommended)

The courses listed above are the minimum required by the professional schools. Each student should decide, in consultation with a health professions adviser, whether or not to take other science courses. The courses listed below are strongly recommended, but are not strictly required:

BIOL 307 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 316 Genetics
BIOL 331 Microbiology
BIOL 339 Cell Biology
CHEM 301 Biological Chemistry I
PSY 101 Introduction to psychology

Although most of Hood's successful candidates to health professions schools do major in biochemistry, biology or chemistry, it is not necessary to major in a science field to be seriously considered for acceptance. It is important that the candidate display a strong understanding of the basic sciences, have a very good academic record (a grade point average of 3.5 or higher is minimal) and good scores on the admission exam. Hood's successful health professions program is based on individual advising and rests on broad liberal arts preparation. Any student with an interest in preparing for a career in the health professions should register with the Career Center and contact Tiziana Cavinato, health professions adviser, at 301-696-3599, or one of the Health Professions Advisory Committee members during the first semester at Hood.

Health Care Professions Advisory Committee:

Tiziana Cavinato, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, health professions adviser,
Hodson159/ Career center Apple 2, 301-696-3599, cavinato@hood.edu

Ricky Hirschhorn, Ph.D., professor of biology,
Hodson 157, 301-696-3658, hirschhorn@hood.edu  

Dana Lawrence, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry,
Hodson 2247, 301-696-3675, lawrence@hood.edu  

Diane Oliver, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology
Rosenstock 27, 301-696-3963, oliver@hood.edu

Carol Snapp, CNM, DNSc, director of the BSN Completion Program,
Apple 6, 301-696-3232, snapp@hood.edu  

Ann Stewart, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics,
Hodson 312, 301-696-3733, stewart@hood.edu