Pre-Medical Studies

The pre-medical studies designation (“pre-med designation”) is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing doctoral or advanced professional degrees in medicine such as MD, DO, DDS/DMD, PharmD, OD, DPM, DPT or DVM. Pre-medical designation status is not intended for students enrolled in QU’s entry-level professional track programs. Interested students may enroll in the pre-medical designation after the start of classes.

The pre-med designation is not a stand-alone program and is completed in addition to the student’s undergraduate degree and major. Application to professional school may require coursework outside of a specific major. The pre-med designation allows students to enroll in and track completion of these core requirements. While the pre-med designation will cover the majority of standard prerequisite courses, requirements vary by program type and school. Students must check their intended programs in advance of the application process to determine whether additional coursework is required to apply.

Enrolled pre-health students may seek advice on preprofessional development and the professional school application process from the Pre-Health Advising Office. Advising services include: preparatory workshops, individual advising, assessment of readiness, long-term planning, application strategy, essay critiques, school selection assistance, mock interviews and guest speaker events. The Pre-Health Advising Office, along with the Health Professions Advisory Committee, provides committee letters of evaluation for eligible applicants to medical school.

For more information, please contact the director of pre-health advising at prehealthadvising@qu.edu.

Requirements

To receive the pre-medical studies designation upon graduation, the following conditions are required:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above in required pre-med designation courses
  2. Minimum of 18 credits of pre-med designation coursework must be completed at Quinnipiac
  3. All coursework for pre-dental designations must be completed on-ground (no online coursework will be accepted)
  4. All attempts for repeated courses will determine GPA eligibility (grades will not be “replaced” for repeated courses)
  5. If coursework is completed elsewhere, it must be transferred in as QU credits and listed on the QU transcript

In addition to strong academic performance, pre-med designation enrollees must actively pursue opportunities throughout their undergraduate years that help them gain knowledge about the health care field and their intended profession. A wide range of skills and competencies should be developed through experiences such as:

  • extended exposure to health care (shadowing, clinical work, volunteering, etc.)
  • research outside of the curriculum
  • substantial volunteer efforts and community involvement
  • leadership experiences

Active participation in Pre-Health Advising Office educational workshops, advising and events is expected. Students should carefully review the “Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students” and other student resources available through the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Quinnipiac University and wish to receive the pre-medical studies designation must complete a minimum of 18 credits of the required designation coursework at Quinnipiac. Grades received for pre-med designation courses taken at other universities may be utilized for transfer student GPA calculations to determine eligibility. Online courses will not be accepted for any pre-med designation requirements.

Advanced Placement Credits

Some professional schools may accept AP credits provided that applicants complete courses for which AP credit has been granted with a higher level course in the same discipline. Other schools, including many medical schools, do not accept AP credits as a replacement for prerequisite science courses. Students are encouraged to check with the specific AP policies and course requirements of any graduate health profession program to which they intend to apply.