Prerequisite courses are the foundational coursework required for most health professional programs.
Prerequisite courses, also referred to as "requisite" or "required" courses, are typically defined as college-level courses needed for entry into a health professional program. Each health professional program will specify the prerequisite courses that are required for that program and when those courses need to be completed.
Examples of prerequisites may include a broad range of courses, such as:
- Biology with lab
- General chemistry with lab
- Organic chemistry with lab
- Physics with lab
- Coursework in the humanities and social/behavioral sciences
- Additional courses such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, statistics, and/or calculus
Keep in mind that additional courses may be needed for successful performance on the MCAT, PCAT, GRE, or other standardized admission tests.
Will high school courses work?
Different health professional programs will have policies on whether courses taken at the high school level (such as AP courses) will count or not towards the prerequisites for their program. Check with the individual programs for details on the policies for those programs.
When do they need to be completed?
Prerequisite courses do not necessarily need to be complete upon apply to professional programs, but selected courses may be required at the time of application. If you still have prerequisites to complete at the time of application, indicate that on your application under current/future courses listed. When you complete those courses, follow the instructions from each school regarding how to submit an updated official transcript.