Curriculum Outline

Central Connecticut State University does not have a "pre-med" major. This is not required, nor do admissions committees of health professions schools prefer it. Most students major in the sciences although this is not required either. For most professional schools, there is a basic set of courses that are required as follows:

Most medical schools require these courses. However, dental, physician assistant (PA), veterinary, nursing, chiropractic and podiatry schools do vary in their requirements. Check the websites of the schools you are interested in attending and note their specific requirements. These sheets should be part of your student portfolio. Contents of the portfolio will be discussed in a separate section (below).

As a pre-health professions student you have three goals 1) to be admitted to professional school 2) to be a successful health professional student and 3) to be a successful health professional. The courses listed above are the MINIMUM that could prepare you for the MCAT or other professional school admissions test. The MCAT exam and many other professional exams are taken in April of your junior year, or August following your junior year. THE COURSES LISTED ABOVE NEED TO BE COMPLETED BY SPRING OF YOUR JUNIOR YEAR!!

To ensure your success as a health professional student, we highly recommend that you take additional science courses, to expose you to material you will see again in health professional school. There is a wide range of courses available in Biology, Biomolecular Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Math that you may be interested in taking and you should discuss this with your advisor or with Dr. Osei.

Course Schedule

We have listed below a suggested schedule for the courses needed for admissions to and exam preparation for professional schools. Note that you will need to add courses as required for your major, minor and the general education requirements. Also, depending on the type and actual professional school you plan on attending, there may be other requirements that substitute for the suggested courses below. You may discuss your options with Dr. Osei and your advisor.

First Year
Bio 121 General Biology I or BMS 102/103 Intro to Biomolecular Sciences/Lab (with BMS 190 Intro to Research I)
Chem 161/162 General Chemistry I
Math 124 Applied Calculus with Trigonometry or Math 119
Bio 122 General Biology II or BMS 201 Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology
Chem 163/164 General Chemistry II
Math 125 or Math 152
Second Year
Chem 210/211 Organic Chemistry I
Phys 121 General Physics I or 125 University Physics I
Chem 212/213 Organic Chemistry II
Phys 122 General Physics II or 126 University Physics II
Third Year
Electives from Biological Sciences, Biomolecular Sciences, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Psychology.
Preparation for the MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc. This may be done as individual study or as a Prep Course.
Interview with the Pre-PAC Committee

Summer After Third Year: Professional School Application


Fourth Year

Fall: Elective courses and completion of graduation requirements Spring: Elective courses and completion of graduation requirements
Summer After Fourth Year: Pack for professional school!

We realize that this curriculum presumes you have decided on your profession before entering CCSU. If you have not followed this curriculum, see Dr. Osei and your advisor immediately. We have had many successful medical students who began their career preparation later, but advising is essential.


We suggest that you develop a portfolio during your undergraduate career. This portfolio will contain at least the following:

  1. Current transcripts
  2. Current resume
  3. Personal narrative - why are your interested in pursuing this health profession?
  4. Admission requirements of the schools you are interested in applying to.
  5. Names and contact information of professors, employers, health professionals who know you well enough to give you a favorable letter of recommendation
  6. Abstracts of any research you have done as an undergraduate
  7. Awards received
  8. Publications

If you maintain a portfolio throughout your college career, completing your professional school application will be easy. In our experience, students who do not have a portfolio when they begin the application process, not only struggle with the application, but also under-represent their accomplishments.

The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee will also ask to see your portfolio when they interview you in May of your junior year

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