Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Dental
Faculty members at The College of Saint Rose help to ensure that students who want to go to medical, dental, or veterinary school have the advice, coursework, and support they need to help them prepare an effective application.
No specific undergraduate major is required. However, a major in Biology or Biochemistry combined with field specific courses is strongly recommended.
The Pre-Medical Program Committee includes four faculty members from the Sciences, one Psychology faculty member, and one faculty member from the Arts or Humanities. Although the official name of the committee is the Pre-Medical Committee, it guides Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Vet students.
Students in the Saint Rose pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet programs must complete and submit completed evaluation forms (obtained from the committee chair, Dr. Rebecca Landsberg) for each of the following:
- Two biology courses
- Two English courses
- MAT190 Calculus
- A second mathematics course
- PHY190 and PHY191 Fundamentals of Physics I & II
- Four chemistry courses (including one in general chemistry and one in organic chemistry)
Each spring semester, the Pre-medical Program Committee reviews each student’s progress by examining individual academic progress reports and performance in core courses (listed above). Students receive the committee’s written recommendations and advice to resolve any problems and to promote strong academic performance.
Mock Medical School Interviews
As a part of the ongoing evaluation and support process, the committee offers each pre-med, pre-vet, and pre-dental student an opportunity to participate in mock interviews designed to prepare students for this important part of the medical school application process.
Letters of Recommendation
In the fall of the senior year, the members of the Pre-Medical Program Committee conduct a thorough evaluation of the student’s performance and subsequently compose a committee letter of evaluation to support the student’s applications to medical, dental, or veterinary school. Students are also advised to solicit letters of recommendation from individual faculty members who have taught them during their undergraduate program.
Because entrance to medical, dental, and veterinary schools is highly competitive, we advise our students to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities to enhance their application packages. Many pre-medical students prepare for the required Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) by supplementing the strong instruction we offer in core courses with an MCAT preparatory course. The Pre-Medical Program Committee also encourages students to attend our monthly Science Colloquium Series on current issues in Science. Pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-vet students also are advised to participate in the opportunities we offer for undergraduate research and to engage in volunteer and service-learning activities that bring Science and Medicine to life. Many students also choose to pursue internships in a variety of exciting clinical and professional settings.