Health Professions - Requirements

Entry into the Health Professions Program is not competitive. Any undergraduate student may enter the program and receive university support at any time. There is no "pre-health" major at the university and students may enter from any of the colleges or schools of Fairfield University (College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, etc.).

Although many pre-health science students select a major in Biology, or Chemistry, it is possible to take all the courses needed for admission to most professional schools while majoring in any of Fairfield's many majors. Some medical and dental schools may actually prefer non-science majors as it demonstrates a well-rounded individual. Students should explore all their interests regarding potential majors, there is no "best major" for a health professions program student.

In general, pre-health professions students will need the following courses:

  • 1 year of biology with laboratory
  • 1 year of physics with laboratory
  • 1 year of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 year of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of English (already required as part of college's core curriculum)
  • 1 semester of biochemistry lecture (for all pre-meds and various other pre-health areas)
  • 1 semester of introductory psychology

If you wish to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, or optometry school, or a Ph.D. program, you must also complete the appropriate pre-professional admissions tests such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Dental College Admissions Test (DAT), Optometry Admissions test (OAT), or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). These tests are generally taken at the end of the junior year; therefore all preparatory courses must be completed by that time. Planing ahead and working with the advisor to come up with the best schedule of courses is therefore very important!