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Prerequisites for Health Professions

Prerequisites for Health Profession programs vary based on the individual program, however, most common program prerequisite minimums are listed below. Remember, meeting the minimum requirements may not be sufficient to build a competitive application and schools require more than the completion of prerequisites to be competitive. Additionally, some schools do not accept online coursework or AP, IB, CLEP, AICE or CAPE credits for prerequisite courses. Students should meet with their major advisor (to ensure they meet graduation requirements) and a health professions advisor (to ensure that they meet the prerequisites of the health profession schools to which they plan to apply and are building a competitive profile).

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Common Health Professions Prerequisite Guide

Important: There are no standardized prerequisites for any health profession program. The courses indicated above and below represent the most common prerequisite requirements. All information is subject to change and students are responsible for verifying all prerequisites for their programs of interest.

Common Prerequisites for Medical School and the 2015 MCAT

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2210/L and CHM 2211/L
  • Physics I and II w/ labs: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L OR PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • Genetics: PCB 3063
  • Math: STA 2023 and MAC 1147 or higher
  • Biochemistry*: BCH 3053 or BCH 4033
  • English: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102
  • General Psychology: PSY 2012
  • General Sociology: SYG 2000
  • Various courses in Psychology, Sociology, Humanities, Research Design Methods, and Public Health areas

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Common Prerequisites for Dental School

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2210/L and CHM 2211/L
  • Physics I and II w/ labs: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L or PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • General Microbiology w/lab: MCB 3020/L
  • Biochemistry*: BCH 3053 or BCH 4033 
  • English: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102

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Common Prerequisites for Veterinary School

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2210/L and CHM 2211/L
  • Physics I and II w/ labs: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L OR PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • General Microbiology w/lab: MCB 3020/L
  • Genetics: PCB 3063
  • Biochemistry: BCH 3053 or BCH 4033 (some institutions will also require Biochemistry Lab)
  • English: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102
  • Statistics: STA 2023
  • Calculus: MAC 2311
  • Animal Sciences: ANS 3006C and ANS 3440 (offered at the University of Florida). Check with the University of Florida for a list of other schools that offer equivalent courses.
  • Humanities and Social Science Electives

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Common Prerequisites for Chiropractic School

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I w/ lab: CHM 2210/L
  • Physics I and II w/ labs: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L OR PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • English: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102
  • General Psychology: PSY 2012
  • Social Sciences or Humanities Courses (15+ hours)

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Common Prerequisites for Podiatric Medical School

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2210/L and CHM 2211/L
  • Physics I and II w/ labs: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L OR PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • English: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102

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Common Prerequisites for Optometry School

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I w/ lab: CHM 2210/L
  • Physics I and II w/ labs: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L OR PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and lab: BSC 2085/L OR BSC 2093C
  • General Microbiology w/lab: MCB 3020/L
  • Biochemistry: BCH 3053 or BCH 4033
  • Calculus I: MAC 2241 OR MAC 2311
  • Statistics: STA 2023
  • English: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102
  • Social Sciences or Humanities Courses (15+ hours)

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Common Prerequisites for Pharmacy School

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2210/L and CHM 2211/L
  • Physics I w/ lab: PHY 2053/L OR PHY 2048/L
  • Anatomy and Physiology: BSC 2085 and BSC 2086 OR BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C
  • Microbiology: MCB 3020C
  • Genetics: PCB 3063
  • Cell or Molecular Biology: PCB 3023 OR MCB 3410 OR GMS 6001
  • Calculus: MAC 2241 OR MAC 2311
  • Statistics: STA 2023
  • Economics: ECO 2013 OR ECO 2023
  • English: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102
  • General Psychology or Sociology: PSY 2012 OR SYG 2000
  • Social Sciences or Humanities Courses (9+ hours)

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Common Prerequisites for Physician Assistant School

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/labs: BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L, OR BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C
  • Biology I w/ lab: BSC 2010/L
  • Microbiology: MCB 3020C
  • Chemistry I and II w/labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Statistics: STA 2023
  • Medical Terminology: CLT 3040 OR HSC 4537

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Common Prerequisites for Physical Therapy School

  • Biology I w/ lab: BSC 2010/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Physics I and II w/ lab: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L OR PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C OR BSC 2085 and BSC 2086
  • Psychology (two semesters): PSY 2012 and 1 additional psychology course (DEP 2004, CLP 4143, DEP 4053)
  • Statistics: STA 2023

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Common Prerequisites for Occupational Therapy School

  • Biology I w/ lab: BSC 2010/L
  • General Chemistry I w/ lab: CHM 2045/L
  • Anatomy and Physiology: BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C OR BSC 2085 and BSC 2086
  • Physics I w/ lab: PHY 2053/L
  • General Psychology: PSY 2012
  • Abnormal Psychology: CLP 4143
  • Developmental Psychology: DEP 4053
  • Statistics: STA 2023
  • Medical Terminology: CLT 3040 or HSC 4537

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Common Prerequisites for Naturopathic Medical Colleges

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2210/L and CHM 2211/L
  • Physics I w/ lab: PHY 2053/L
  • General Psychology: PSY 2012

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Common Prerequisites for Athletic Training Programs

  • Biology I w/ labs: BSC 2010/L
  • Anatomy and Physiology and labs: BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C OR BSC 2085 and BSC 2086
  • Physics I w/ lab: PHY 2053/L
  • General Chemistry I w/ labs: CHM 2045/L
  • Statistics: STA 2023
  • Nutrition: HUN 2201
  • General Psychology: PSY 2012
  • Medical Terminology: CLT 3040 or HSC 4537
  • Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology: APK 3110* and ATR 3132*

* At USF, these courses are generally limited to exercise science majors. Contact the Athletic Training Academic Services Administrator for more information, amoore2@health.usf.edu.

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Common Prerequisites for Audiology

  • Most programs do not require specific prerequisites but recommend courses in Language Development and Disorders (i.e. SPA 3004), Phonetics (i.e. SPA 3112), Biological Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Physical Sciences and Math or Statistics.

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Common Prerequisites for Anesthesiologist Assistant

  • Biology I and II w/ labs: BSC 2010/L and BSC 2011/L
  • General Chemistry I and II w/ labs: CHM 2045/L and CHM 2046/L
  • Organic Chemistry I w/ lab: CHM 2210/L
  • Anatomy and Physiology and labs: BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C OR BSC 2085 and BSC 2086
  • Physics I and II w/ labs: PHY 2053/L and PHY 2054/L OR PHY 2048/L and PHY 2049/L
  • Calculus: MAC 2241 or MAC 2311
  • Statistics: STA 2023
  • Biochemistry*: BCH 3053 or BCH 4033

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