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


To receive the pre-medical studies designation upon graduation, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Student must maintain a 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

Congruent with professional school admissions requirements and the national educational association policies of the above referenced programs, grades will not be “replaced” for repeated coursework to determine the final pre-med designation GPA and online courses will not be accepted.

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.

Course Requirements

All courses listed in this section may count toward both the major (if applicable) and the pre-medical studies designation.

Required Courses (39 credits)

Students must complete all of the listed required courses, as they are the minimum prerequisites for application to most medical schools and form the basis of standardized admission tests such as Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, Optometry Admission Test or Pharmacy College Admission Test.

Required Courses
Select one of the following:4
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
Required courses:
CHE 110
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHE 211
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
PHY 110
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
PHY 111
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
CHE 315
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable3
Total Credits39

In addition to the required pre-med designation courses, students applying to medical school must plan to complete two English courses, Psychology 101 (PS 101), Sociology 101 (SO 101), and one additional math course (Statistics recommended) to meet many medical school admissions requirements and prepare for the MCAT exam. Humanities such as ethics and philosophy, and advanced sciences such as genetics, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology are highly recommended.

Students are encouraged to check the specific prerequisite course requirements of the professional program to which they intend to apply. Many professional schools recommend additional elective coursework to prepare for admission.

Pre-medical students should refer to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the online database of Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®) for full information regarding the required and recommended course work for medical school. Resources can be found on the AAMC website.