ACADEMICS

  • Pre-Medical Advisory Programs

    Worcester State University offers an advisory program for undergraduate students interested in preparing for medical, dental, or veterinary studies. Students interested in medicine or dentistry may pursue study in any of the academic majors of WSU. However, most undergraduates interested in medicine or dentistry major in biology and/or chemistry.

    It is the obligation of the student(s) to check with the professional school(s) to which they intend to apply for exact requirements. Nearly all medical and dental schools require 1 year each of the following laboratory courses: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, and physics. In addition, many schools require 2 years of a modern foreign language, 1 year of English (including composition), and mathematics (including calculus). Regardless of major, the student is advised to select CH 120 and CH 121, General Chemistry I and II, and BI 140 and BI 141, Introduction to Biology I and II, during his/her freshman year. As soon as possible following his/her freshman year, the student should select CH 201 and 202, Organic Chemistry I and II along with CH 203 and 204, Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II as well as PY 221 and 222 (or PY 241/242), and General Physics I and II.

    Students interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, or osteopathy should consult both his/her major advisor and the chair of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee as soon as possible following matriculation. Students are advised to complete their science requirements before the end of their junior year and to take their national pre-professional exam (e.g., MCAT, DAT) during the spring semester of their junior year. During the junior year, students must arrange an interview with the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee. The current chair of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee is Dr. Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier (biology).

    Meeting with a Member of the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee

    All undergraduate and post-baccalaureate pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary students are required to meet with a member of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee prior to an interview with the committee.

    • It is strongly recommended that you meet with a member of the committee every semester to make sure you are on track with your coursework, volunteer activities, and MCAT preparation.
    • Please meet with an advisor in your major.
    • Please notice the posted timeline for application to medical school for those planning on applying during the summer.

    Applications for admission to the post-baccalaureate program are processed on a rolling basis; however, it is recommended that prospective students submit materials for admission prior to the pre-registration period for the semester in which they wish to begin classes. (Check the academic calendar for pre-registration dates.)

  • Requirements to Schedule a Committee Interview

    Attention all pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-vet students (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate): This is a notification of a change of policy regarding requirements for a committee interview and subsequent committee letter. This is effective as of September 2014. Students wishing to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary school during an upcoming summer cycle must demonstrate the following:

    1. Demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.2. This includes ALL grades from any institution. It is up to you to calculate this and to be able to demonstrate it to the chair of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Program. There are websites available to do this easily or you can use the GPA calculator spreadsheet available in the “forms” section of this page.
    2. Demonstrate a BCMP (biology, chemistry, math, physics) GPA of 3.4. Again, this includes ALL grades from any institution.
    3. Obtain at least one MCAT, DAT or GRE score:
      • An MCAT score must be at least a 25 or above the 45th percentile
      • A DAT score must be at least an 18 or at or above the 50th percentile
      • A GRE score (pre-vet students) of 150 verbal, 150 quantitative, and a 4.0 on analytical writing, or above the 50th percentile
    4. Demonstrated clinical experience. The type and extent of your experience should be discussed with your pre-med, -dental, or -vet advisor well ahead of any interview process.


    If any of these 4 criteria are not met, then you will not be granted an interview or committee letter from the Pre-medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee. Interviews will be given to any student meeting these requirements on Reading Day at the end of each spring semester

    If you are scheduled to take the MCAT during the summer, there will be an opportunity to meet with the committee during the summer once a score is submitted. Requests for an interview or committee letter will not be accepted after September 1 of that particular application period.

    Additional Documents for a Committee Interview

    Once you are accepted to participate in an interview, you must submit the following 3 weeks ahead of your scheduled interview:

    1. All transcripts from any institution attended (These can be unofficial.)
    2. GPA calculations as described above
    3. MCAT, DAT or GRE scores as described above
    4. At least 3 letters of recommendation, 2 of which must come from science faculty. The third letter can come from a faculty member who is not a science instructor, if desired. More than 3 letters are recommended, but the minimum number is 3. Any letters from employers or volunteer supervisors must be on top of the 3 academic letters. Forms and guidelines for writers can be found within the “forms” section of this page.
    5. A substantial draft of your personal statement
    6. Current resume
    7. Questionnaire (also found in the “forms” section of this page)


    You should be meeting with a member of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee at least once per semester to make sure that you are on the right track to be competitive in your application to your chosen program.

    Post-Baccalaureate Program and Admission Information

    This program is expected to meet the needs of students interested in medical, dental, and veterinary school as well as those interested in pharmacy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, and optometry programs. Each student’s history is evaluated and appropriate courses are advised based upon his/her specific needs. Students have access to Worcester State’s Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee and, if necessary for a program, the recommendation letter process.

    Students who complete 30 credits of the basic core sciences and/or other elective science courses at Worcester State University will receive a certification of completion of the program. Up to 8 transfer credits will be allowed to contribute to the 30-credit total. Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible for the program.

    This program is part-time and classes are offered primarily in the evening. It is designed for students who need the basic science curriculum either as new courses (career changers) or as repeat attempts (GPA enhancement). A GPA of 2.75 overall is required for admission into the program. Students wishing to take an advanced curriculum are advised to seek a second baccalaureate degree through the undergraduate school. The basic courses are offered throughout the academic year, primarily in the evening. Summer courses are also available.

    Interested students should download the inquiry letter, complete the online application, contact the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, or email the program coordinator.

    While there are not specific deadlines for admission, it is recommended that prospective students submit materials for admission prior to the pre-registration period for the starting semester. For a fall starting semester, admission packages should be completed by April 1, and for spring starting semester, the admission packages should be completed by November 1. There is a GPA requirement of 2.75 (overall) for admission into this program.

    There is no financial aid available for this program. This is a federal restriction for any non-degree certificate program that does not lead directly to employment. All college transcripts, two faculty letters of recommendation, and a $30 application fee are required for a complete application.

    Below is a list of the basic core courses and available electives. Since health professions programs differ in their requirements, students should contact Dr. Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier prior to registration to make sure they are taking the correct courses.

    Basic Core Courses

    CH 120 (General Chemistry 1, including lab) - 4 credits
    CH 121 (General Chemistry 2, including lab) - 4 credits
    BI 140 (Introduction to Organismal Biology, including lab) - 4 credits
    BI 141 (Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology, including lab) - 4 credits
    CH 201 (Organic Chemistry 1 lecture) - 3 credits
    CH 202 (Organic Chemistry 2 lecture) - 3 credits
    CH 203 (Organic Chemistry 1 lab) - 2 credits
    CH 204 (Organic Chemistry 2 lab) - 2 credits
    PY 221 or PY 241 (Physics 1, including lab) - 4 credits
    PY 222 or PY 242 (Physics 2, including lab) - 4 credits

    Math and Science Elective Courses

    MA 200 (Calculus 1)
    MA 201 (Calculus 2)
    MA 150 (Statistics)

    BI 203 (Genetics)
    CH 410 (Biochemistry, including lab)
    BI 161 (Anatomy and Physiology 1)
    BI 162 (Anatomy and Physiology 2)
    BI 204 (Microbiology)

    Forms
    Instructor Recommendation Form and Guidelines

    Pre-Interview Questionnaire


    Post-Interview Evaluation

    GPA Calculator
    Online Resources