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

    Students requesting a committee letter from the Pre-medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee at Worcester State University for application to medical, dental, or veterinary school during an upcoming summer cycle must meet the following criteria:

    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 or above the 45th percentile
      • A DAT score must be at or above an 18 or the 50th percentile
      • A GRE score (pre-vet students) of at least 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 is not met, you will not be eligible for an interview or committee letter, but you can still choose to apply on your own, without the committee.

    Interviews are held on Reading Day at the end of each spring semester and over the summer as needed for students who are taking the MCAT in May, June, or July. Requests for an interview or committee letter will not be accepted after September 1 of an application cycle. Note that applying early in an application cycle confers a significant advantage for admission, so please try to be ready to interview on the Reading Day date, if possible.

    If you plan to request a committee letter in the forthcoming admissions cycle (even if test scores are pending), please notify the Chair of the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee by April 15. If you meet the criteria for a committee interview, you must submit all items listed under "Additional Documents for a Committee Interview" below no later than 3 weeks before the interview date.

    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

    The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Program is expected to meet the needs of students preparing to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary school, as well as those aspiring to enter pharmacy, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, or optometry programs. It is designed for students who need to complete the basic science curriculum either as new courses (career changers) or as repeat attempts (GPA enhancement). Students wishing to take an advanced curriculum are advised to seek a second baccalaureate degree through the undergraduate school in lieu of the post-bacc program. The post-bacc program is administered through the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education. It is part-time, and classes are offered primarily in the evening. The basic courses are offered throughout the academic year, and summer courses are also available.

    The post-bacc program is very flexible and individualized. Students may begin the program in any term. Each student’s history is evaluated and an appropriate program of study is advised based upon his/her specific needs. Students have access to advising through the Pre-Medical and Health Professions Advisory Committee and, if applicable for target programs, a committee interview and composite letter of recommendation.

    Students who complete 30 credits of basic core sciences and/or other elective science courses at WSU will receive a certification of completion of the program. Up to 8 undergraduate science credits from WSU or another institution may count as transfer credits toward the 30-credit total. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program.

    Admission into the program is based on undergraduate GPA and letters of recommendation. A GPA of 2.75 overall is required for admission, but students with lower GPAs may be admitted on a provisional basis at the discretion of the program director if letters indicate strong potential for pre-medical/pre-health studies. Interested students should complete the online application and submit the $30 application fee, official undergraduate transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation to Sonela Demirazi in DGCE.

    While applications are accepted at any time, it is recommended that prospective students wishing to start in a fall or spring semester submit materials for admission prior to the pre-registration period for the starting semester (April 1 for fall and November 1 for spring). Students may also choose to begin in a spring term, but should be aware that summer classes are not optimal for core medical or dental school prerequisites.

    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. Payment is on a per-course basis and is due at the time of registration for all evening and summer courses. Payment plans can be arranged through the Student Accounts Office (Room A-140). Costs per credit are detailed on the DGCE registration webpage.

    Below is a list of the basic core courses and available electives. Since health professions programs differ in their requirements, students should contact the program director prior to registration to make sure they are taking the correct courses. Questions about the program should also be addressed to the program director.

    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